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Sadiq Khan: 'We have to get on, London is more important than party politics'

Sadiq Khan has said he will stand down as MP for Tooting after being sworn in as the new mayor of London.

The Labour politician has been Tooting’s MP since 2005.

Following a fractious campaign, he told Simon Harris he and Conservative peers had "to get on, because London is more important than party political differences”.

Beaten mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith makes no comment as he leaves home

Beaten London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith has made no comment as he left his home.

The Conservative polled second, with 43.2% of the vote once second preferences were counted, making a brief speech at City Hall following the post-midnight announcement.

But he refused to answer any questions this morning.

'Full and urgent inquiry' demanded after voters in Barnet turned away

A “full and urgent inquiry” is being demanded after voters across Barnet were turned away because of a council blunder.

Some voters in Barnet were not able to vote when they arrived at their polling station Credit: PA

Names were missing from polling lists and residents who attempted to cast their vote were stopped.

People affected were later offered emergency proxy votes.

The leader of the Conservative group in the London Assembly, Gareth Bacon, claimed any lost votes could have affected the allocation of London-wide seats.

To have voters turned away for any reason is completely unacceptable.

We are demanding a full explanation for this abysmal administrative performance.

London Elects and Barnet Council have had four years to plan for this but they both failed to get it right when it mattered and the voting public has suffered.

– Gareth Bacon, leader of the Conservative group in the London Assembly

Sadiq Khan to announce he is standing down as Tooting MP

Newly elected mayor of London Sadiq Khan will announce today he is standing down as the MP for Tooting, reports Simon Harris.

Sadiq Khan has been Tooting's MP for 11 years Credit: PA

Mr Khan, who won 56.8% of the mayoral vote once second preferences were counted, has been Tooting MP since 2005

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'My name is Sadiq Khan and I'm the mayor of London' - Khan's speech at swearing in

Newly elected mayor Sadiq Khan said he "can't quite believe the last 24 hours" as he was sworn in at Southwark Cathedral.

Introduced by Doreen Lawrence, applause erupted as he opened by saying: "My name is Sadiq Khan and I'm the mayor of London."

I'm determined to lead the most transparent, engaged and accessible administration London has ever seen, and represent every single community and every single part of our city as mayor for all Londoners.

I promise you that I’ll always do everything in my power to make our city better.

– Sadiq Khan

Doreen Lawrence hails a 'glorious day'

Doreen Lawrence, the mother of teenager Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in 1993, has hailed the election of Sadiq Khan as mayor.

Doreen Lawrence at Southwark Cathedral Credit: ITV London

Describing today as a "glorious day" as she introduced him for his signing in at Southwark Cathedral, she added:

I never imagined in my lifetime I could have a mayor of London from an ethnic minority background. It is an amazing sign of how far our city has come.

London is a city that not only tolerates but celebrates diversity.

A city that’s chosen unity over division and hope over fear. A city that’s chosen a mayor for all Londoners.

– Doreen Lawrence

Politicians and celebrities arrive at Sadiq Khan's swearing in

Southwark Cathedral is the setting for Sadiq Khan's singing in as the new mayor of London, with politicians and even celebrities out in force.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband at Southwark Cathedral Credit: ITV London
Sir Ian McKellen (right) and Michael Cashman in the cathedral Credit: ITV London
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