Khan he do it? Barking MP Margaret Hodge gives support to Mayor of London bid
PUBLISHED: 16:41 15 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:57 15 June 2015
Barking’s long-standing MP has got behind Sadiq Khan as the Labour candidate for London’s 2016 mayoral elections.
Margaret Hodge, who has served the area since 1994, said she would be backing Tooting MP Saddiq Khan after the party’s six contenders were announced last weekend.
“Sadiq Khan is the candidate with the background, determination, ideas and guts to achieve for everyone in this great city,” said Hodge of Khan, who garnered the second number of nominations, after MP Dame Tessa Jowell.
The post is currently held by Boris Johnson of the Conservatives, who will step down in 2016 after eight years to focus on his appointment of Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP earlier this year.
“He led Labour to the best local election results in the capital since 1971 and to seven additional MPs in the General Election,” added Hodge.
“He also reflects all that is good about modern and diverse London. He’s the son of immigrants who came to the capital to make a better life. He grew up on a council estate and went to university, before building a successful career as a lawyer and running his own firm. He was elected an MP for his local community, becoming a minister and being the first Muslim to attend Cabinet.
“Sadiq knows that the same opportunities that London provided to him are today denied to too many people. Our city faces a housing crisis, it needs more and better jobs, and public transport is overcrowded and expensive. Sadiq recognises this needs to change, and has the ideas to deliver this change for London”.
Voting for the Labour mayoral candidate, on a one-member, one-vote basis, will be open to Labour members and anyone who pays £3 to be a registered supporter or signs up as an affiliate supporter by August 12.
The victor will be announced alongside the party’s new leader and deputy over the weekend of September 12/13.
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