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Sadiq Khan on course to break the Conservatives' eight-year hold on London mayoralty

Labour's Sadiq Khan appears on course to break the Conservatives' eight-year hold on the London mayoralty, with a live count of votes indicating a clear lead.

Sadiq Khan arrives at City Hall in London with his wife Saadiya (right) and campaign team Credit: PA

The Tooting MP has been the frontrunner in the counting process ahead of Tory challenger Zac Goldsmith, according to first preference votes collated using an electronic system.

An official result is not expected until after midnight at City Hall, once first and second choice votes have been counted.

Sadiq Khan arrives at City Hall Credit: PA

But the early signs suggest Mr Goldsmith's campaign, labelled "vile" by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, has struggled to resonate across the capital. Richmond Park MP Mr Goldsmith and Prime Minister David Cameron sought to link Mr Khan with Muslim "extremists" in the bitter race to succeed Boris Johnson.

A source close to Mr Khan's campaign said they are "optimistic" about the result although they adopted a cautious tone with votes still to be counted.

The Green Party's Sian Berry is also seeking to secure third place in the contest ahead of Caroline Pidgeon of the Liberal Democrats and Ukip's Peter Whittle.

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This vile campaign run by the Tories, the way they've tried to smear Sadiq Khan, the methods they've used and the language they've used, has had a very big effect in exactly the way they didn't want. So many people are just revolted by what was said about Sadiq yesterday they came out and voted for us.

– JEREMY CORBYN, LABOUR LEADER