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Khan and Corbyn meet after London Mayoral success

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has met with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in public for the first time after a weekend of contrasting election fortunes.

While Mr Khan enjoyed electoral success in the capital, Mr Corbyn oversaw less encouraging results for his party in the UK's "Super Thursday" elections.

Sadiq Khan appeared in front of the cameras alongside his party leader following his election victory over Tory rival Zac Goldsmith at the weekend.
The pair chatted about football in the relaxed public appearance.
Mr Khan has urged Jeremy Corbyn and his party to learn lessons from his election victory in the capital by listening to voters.


Sadiq Khan 'disappointed' by 'nasty' mayoral campaign

New London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that he felt disappointed by how the Conservative campaign was run during the mayoral election and referred to the tactics used as "nasty".

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show he said: "I was disappointed that the Conservative party chose to have a campaign that was nasty, that was negative and that was divisive."

Sadiq Khan's first function to be at Holocaust memorial

Sadiq Khan will visit a Holocaust Remembrance Day service Credit: PA

Sadiq Khan's first public engagement since being installed as Mayor of London on Saturday will be at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony.

Mr Khan will appear at the event in Barnet, north London, alongside a number of prominent figures in the Jewish community to commemorate the millions slaughtered during the Nazi genocide.

Up to six millions Jews are known to have been killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War.

The appearance comes after Mr Khan took a strong stance against anti-Semitism during the racism scandal which engulfed the Labour Party in recent weeks.

Sadiq hails mayoral win a 'victory for hope over fear'

Sadiq Khan has been elected London's new mayor. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Newly elected London mayor Sadiq Khan has hailed the announcement that he had won the capital's mayoral race as a "victory for hope over fear and for unity over division".

In a message of thanks posted to supporters on his Twitter page in the early hours of Saturday morning, shortly after he broke the Conservatives' eight-year hold on City Hall, Khan also hailed the win as "an amazing victory".

He also linked to his website where his full message of thanks was printed:

Thank you!

Today was an amazing victory for hope over fear and for unity over division – and it simply would not have been possible without your help.

This victory is not about me. It's about the millions of Londoners whose lives we can improve by building more affordable homes, freezing fares, restoring community policing and cleaning up our toxic air.

Thanks to the time, money and support you gave, we were able to overcome a desperate and nasty Tory campaign. We've sent a strong message that the politics of fear are not welcome in London.

Now the hard work starts. Let's make London even better for all Londoners.

– London mayor Sadiq Khan


Aide to mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan suspended

An aide to Labour's London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has been suspended over a series of offensive messages posted on social media in 2012.

A spokeswoman for Sadiq Khan said the offensive tweets were a 'serious issues'. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire/PA Images

Shueb Salar, a parliamentary assistant to the former minister, posted several messages on Twitter containing abusive language about women and homosexuals.

A spokeswoman for Mr Khan said they were "serious issues" and Mr Salar had been suspended from the mayoral candidate's parliamentary office pending an investigation.

In one message, posted in May 2012, Mr Salar said "currently hating on all you faggots who have finished uni" while a message from April 2012 suggested that the way to "treat a lady" was to "buy her a nice iron and extend the kitchen for her".

Mr Salar started working for Mr Khan in his Westminster office in November 2014.

Cabinet minister Chris Grayling questioned Mr Khan's judgment in employing someone who had published the comments.

He said: "'These comments have absolutely no place in modern society. They raise serious questions about the judgement of Sadiq Khan who chose to employ this man despite his views being public, on a Twitter account followed by Khan himself."

Britain bidding to share prison expertise with Saudi Arabia

An MP accused the government of trying to share a "best practice of how to behead" with Saudi Arabia after the Justice Secretary defended the Government's attempt to sell expertise to the country's prison service.

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan slammed the MoJ bid for the £5.9 million contract.

Sadiq Khan slammed the MoJ bid for the £5.9 million contract. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling defended the move, saying the Government has always tried to encourage "improvements" and "best practice" in countries around the world.

The pair clashed after reports that the MoJ's commercial arm, Just Solutions international, is hoping to sell its expertise to Saudi Arabia's prison service.

Labour: Justice on the cheap risks prisoners reoffending

Government cuts could be behind half of convicted sex attackers, violent criminals and burglars avoiding prison sentences, Labour said.

Some of these crimes are so serious and violent that members of the public rightly expect them to lead to a prison sentence.

One of the concerns is that this is being done in order to save money. Justice done on the cheap like this risks prisoners reoffending rather than being reformed, which means more victims and misery.

This will be an insult to many victims of crime who want to see those who committed crimes against them properly punished and rehabilitated.

– Sadiq Khan, Shadow justice secretary

Serious criminals avoiding prison is 'insulting to victims'

Ministers have been accused of insulting victims after it emerged that half of convicted sex attackers, violent criminals and burglars are avoiding prison sentences.

Thousands of serious criminals have walked free from court, including 46% of paedophiles who abused children aged under the age of 13.

Some 49% of those convicted of sexual assault in 2012 - 2,324 offenders - did not receive a custodial sentence, and nor did many burglars and drug dealers.

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, who used parliamentary questions to obtain the statistics, said Government cuts were undermining the system.

"This will be an insult to many victims of crime who want to see those who committed crimes against them properly punished and rehabilitated," he told the Daily Telegraph.

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