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Sadiq Khan's mayoral victory speech in full

Sadiq Khan promised to be a mayor for Credit: Mayoral Election

Sadiq Khan said London had chosen "hope and unity" over "fear and division" by voting for him as Mayor.

Here is his victory speech in full:

London is the greatest city in the world. I am so proud of our city

I am deeply humbled by the hope and trust you have placed in me today.

I grew up on a council estate just a few miles from here. Back then, I never dreamed that someone like me could be elected as Mayor of London

And I want to say thank you to every single Londoner for making the impossible possible today.

I have a burning ambition for London - an ambition that will guide me every day as mayor of our great city.

I want every single Londoner to get the opportunities that our city gave to me and my family.

The opportunities not just to survive, but to thrive. The opportunities to build a better future for you and your family with a decent and affordable home and a comfortable commute you can afford.

More jobs with better pay, not just being safe but feeling safe, cleaner air and a healthier city and the opportunities for all Londoners to fulfill their potential.

You know, I have been thinking a lot about my late dad today. He was a wonderful man and a great dad.

He would have been so proud today that the city he chose to call his home has now chosen one of his children to be the mayor.

I want to say thank you yo my amazing mum - she really is - and to my wonderful wife, my daughters and to my family. Without you, I wouldn't be here today.

And i want to say thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this election.

To my campaign team. We have run a positive campaign and we've worked our socks off.

I want to thank all the other campaign teams too, to every assembly candidate from every party

To the police, the returning office and all the staff that made the election happen

This election was not without controversy and I'm so proud that London has today chosen hope over fear and unity over division.

I hope that we will never be offered such a stark choice again.

Fear does not make us safer, it only makes us weaker and the politics of fear is simply not welcome in our city

I want to end by making a promise to London - a promise I first made during the campaign, but a promise that I will keep here in City Hall.

I promise to always be a mayor for all Londoners.

To work hard to make life better for every Londoner, regardless of your background and to do everything in my power to ensure you get the opportunities that our incredible city gave to me.

Thank you very much.

– Sadiq Khan

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