In winning London by a huge margin yesterday, Sadiq Khan set another notable precedent: winning the largest mandate of any British politician….ever.
The Mayor of London is the biggest directly elected position in British politics, especially since Britons can’t vote directly for a Prime Minister.
And Sadiq Khan won the most votes out of all London elections: a record 1,148,716 votes in the first round.
His final tally, after taking second preferences into account, was 1,310,143 votes [note: we had the figures wrong initially, and have updated them].
When Boris Johnson won City Hall in 2008 with 1.1 million votes, he said it was the “largest personal mandate in British political history”.
Well, now Sadiq Khan has easily topped him.
Here’s a comparison of previous London Mayoral elections
Not a good day for the Tories