London is at a crossroads, says Sadiq Khan as hopes mount for a Labour victory

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Sadiq Khan for London

Sadiq Khan today issued a rally cry to Londoners saying the city is at a “crossroads” on the eve of the mayoral election.

With less than 24 hours to go, the favourite to become London mayor urged voters to “choose hope over fear” at the ballot box.

Using his campaign message “a mayor for all Londoners”, Khan has pledged to freeze transport fares, increase the stock of affordable housing, support the London NHS, and tackle violent crime. He has also vowed to increase gender equality by publishing a gender audit of city hall and to bring down levels of air pollution across the capital.

“London is at a crossroads, and tomorrow Londoners face a choice about which direction we take.

“A bold vision for our city’s future, building more genuinely affordable homes, a freeze on transport fares, restoring real neighbourhood policing, and a Mayor standing up for our NHS.

“Or four more years of Londoners being priced out of our city, homes built for wealthy investors instead of hard working Londoners, and tube and bus fares rocketing by 17 per cent.

“I urge Londoners to choose hope over fear. I urge Londoners to give me the chance to restore for all Londoners the opportunities our great city gave to me. Elect me tomorrow, and I will be a Mayor for all Londoners.”

The Labour candidate has consistently polled with a lead, though Goldsmith has said he plans to “come up from behind” for a late victory. The latest poll, released this morning from LBC and ComRes, has given Khan a 12-point lead in from of Conservative candidate.

Khan’s rival Zac Goldsmith has been criticised for his dog-whistle campaign which has had racist undertones and used outdated ethnic stereotypes in its messaging.

 

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