Labour mayoral race: Sadiq Khan has the best answers for the capital

Labour mayoral race: Sadiq Khan has the best answers for the capital

At the end of a high quality and varied contest the MP for Tooting offers the most convincing blend of principle and practicality

A composite candidate assembled from the policies, passions and experience of the six people who hope to run for Labour in the London mayoral election next year would be close to ideal. The experience of Tessa Jowell, the devolution plan of Gareth Thomas, the green vision of Christian Wolmar, the energy of Sadiq Khan, the commitment to equality of Diane Abbott and David Lammy’s stress on social solidarity would, if well combined, make an enticing manifesto. The person who becomes Labour’s candidate on 11 September should do precisely that. I think that candidate should be Khan.

Coming to this view has not been easy. For 13 weeks I’ve pondered the six hopefuls’ policies, listened to them speak and witnessed four public hustings, two of which I’ve chaired. All six have come up with good ideas, yet none has really stood out or managed to fully describe how they would re-shape Greater London with the constrained powers and resources City Hall enjoys. Khan, though, edges it for me thanks to a blend of principle and practicality that could evolve into a winning programme for constructive change in a city that sometimes seems to be booming out of control.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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