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The full results for all candidates for London Mayor were:
  • Sadiq Khan (Labour): 1,206,034
  • Shaun Bailey (Conservative): 977,601
  • Sian Berry (Green): 197,976
  • Luisa Porritt (Liberal Democrat): 111,716
The minor party and independent candidates were as follows:
  • Niko Omilana (Independent): 49,628
  • Laurence Fox (Reclaim): 47,634
  • Brian Rose (London Real): 31,111
  • Richard Hewison (Rejoin EU): 28,012
  • Count Binface (Count Binface for Mayor of London): 24,775
  • Mandu Reid (Women's Equality Party): 21,182
  • Piers Corbyn (Let London Live): 20,604
  • Vanessa Hudson (Animal Welfare): 16,826
  • Peter Gammons (UKIP): 14,393
  • Farah London (Independent): 11,869
  • David Kurten (Heritage): 11,025
  • Nims Obunge (Independent): 9,682
  • Steve Kelleher (Social Democrats): 8,764
  • Kam Balayev (Renew): 7,774
  • Max Fosh (Independent): 6,309
  • Valerie Brown (Burning Pink): 5,305
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Khan: Covid doesn't care if you are a Brexiteer or a Remainer​


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London Mayor Sadiq Khan promises to "strain every sinew to help build a better and brighter future for London after the dark days of the pandemic".

"I am proud to have won an overwhelming mandate today," he says.

Addressing those Londoners who didn't vote for him he says: "I will never ignore your voice, your concerns or your worries."

He says the city and the country are divided - "the scars of Brexit remain, a crude culture war is pushing us further apart," he adds.

"We must use this moment of national recovery to heal those divisions.

"Coronavirus doesn't care if you are a Brexiteer, a Remainer or woke."

He says it is better to build bridges rather than walls and promises to "build bridges between City Hall and the government".

Bailey: Londoners didn't write me off​

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The Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey now makes his speech.

He says he was "written off" by pollsters, journalist and other politicians.

"But Londoners didn't write me off," he says.

"As a poor boy, you learn that Londoners are generous of spirit and will give you a hearing."

Mr Bailey congratulates Mr Khan but adds that he hopes the re-elected mayor won't "blame everything on the government".

 

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Scottish Parliament

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The SNP has won 64 seats in the Scottish Parliament election - one short of a majority but one more than it won in 2016.

Nicola Sturgeon hailed her party's fourth consecutive victory
as a "historic and extraordinary" result.

Scotland's electoral map gives you a pretty good idea of who has won the election - it is swathed in SNP yellow. But look closely and you can see why they fell just short of an outright majority.

The seats they failed to win are islands in regions otherwise dominated by the SNP, meaning it was all but impossible for them to win seats back from the regional list, in the swings and roundabouts of the Holyrood system.

Two of the constituencies they did gain, in Ayr and East Lothian, were in a region where they already had list seats, two of which were subsequently lost.

The small strongholds that other parties have scattered across Scotland ultimately proved decisive.

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The fact the SNP did not win a majority will make a real difference to the next five years at Holyrood. A minority government needs support from other parties to pass budgets and all its major reforms.

If it had been a majority, we could have put every other manifesto in the bin and taken the SNP's manifesto to be the definitive guide to the term ahead.

The Scottish Greens in particular - who were the SNP's partner of choice last term - will be looking forward to potentially having some of their policy priorities passed in return for crucial votes.

It also means the SNP will not have a majority on any Holyrood committee, meaning their legislation will not necessarily sail through the parliament with ease.

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The Scottish Conservatives retained their position in second place in a vindication of the party's strategy to target the "peach vote" - the colour of the regional list ballot paper.

There were initially some nerves that they might have neglected the "lilac" constituency vote, but they ultimately held their key seats with the help of transfers from other pro-union parties.

Tactical voting may have had a huge impact overall - every seat seems to have become a race between the SNP and the party that was judged most likely to beat them locally.

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Labour - the party which may have the most to do to come up with a convincing answer to the constitutional question - finds itself marooned in third place again.

The Lib Dems meanwhile have slumped to just four seats due to their failure to pick anything up from the regional lists.

They have a number of strongholds in different parts of Scotland, but these are so tightly focused that the party's constituency wins in those areas make it very hard for them to pick up list seats too.

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Welsh Senedd: Mark Drakeford set to stay as Welsh First Minister

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Mark Drakeford with two new Welsh Labour Senedd members Buffy Williams and Sarah Murphy

Labour's response to the Covid pandemic helped the party retain power after it won the most seats in the Welsh elections, Mark Drakeford has said.


Mr Drakeford is set to continue as Wales' first minister after Labour won 30 of the 60 Welsh Parliament seats.

The Conservatives had their best Senedd campaign with 16 seats while Plaid in third took 13 seats.

Welsh Labour leader Mr Drakeford has said his next Welsh government would be "radical" and "ambitious".

He said people felt they've been "kept safe here in Wales" and that was a "strong theme" in the election.

"From the very first day of the campaign here in Porthcawl, people have been coming to the doorstep to tell us that they feel glad they've lived in Wales over the last 15 months," said Mr Drakeford.
"A government I lead will continue to follow the science to do what our medical advisers tells us we should do, and that does mean doing things in a way that continues to keep Wales safe."

The Welsh Government controls Wales' Covid response and the relaxing of restrictions - such as meeting inside pubs and restaurants and travel rules - has tended to have been more cautious in Wales.

"But on other matters, our manifesto is a radical manifesto with a host of ideas that are ambitious for Wales," added Mr Drakeford.

"I'll be very keen to ensure that we give that the most powerful sense of momentum behind it to get those things happening here in Wales."

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Labour, who have been in power in Wales either in coalition or as a minority ever since devolution in 1999, did fall one seat short of the 31 needed for an outright majority.

But this is a feat no party has ever achieved in the history of the Welsh Parliament.

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Fifty-two of the 60 Senedd seats were declared on Friday, with two final regional list results on Saturday.

Both the South Wales East and South Wales Central constituencies returned two Welsh Conservative and two Plaid Cymru Members of the Senedd (MS).

In South Wales East, Delyth Jewell and Peredur Owen Griffiths were elected for Plaid, while Laura Anne Jones and Natasha Asghar will represent the region for the Welsh Conservatives.

Ms Asghar has become the first woman of colour to be elected into the Welsh Parliament and she was welcomed by Welsh Conservatives' Senedd leader Andrew RT Davies.

Mr Davies was elected in South Wales Central alongside fellow Tory politician Joel James and Plaid Cymru members Rhys ab Owen and Heledd Fychan.

Labour fell one short of an outright majority, but the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds, who was elected as an MS for Mid and West Wales has said she will not be seeking a ministerial role, like her predecessor Kirsty Williams.

"I'm absolutely clear that I'll be working across parties and I need to focus on what we can deliver," she said.

"But it is it is the case, I hope that I can work with and I can influence other parties, predominantly Labour, in order to deliver some of those real liberal values".

Four parties are represented in the new Senedd, which features 34 men and 26 women. Nineteen of the 60 MSs, just under a third, are serving in the Welsh Parliament for the first time.

The Welsh Conservatives will be the second largest party in the Welsh Parliament and made gains on both the constituency and regional lists, but failed to win some of its target seats needed to win the election.

It did take the Vale of Clywd from Labour for the first time in 22 years, but Clwyd South and Wrexham, which both voted Conservative in the 2019 General Election, remained red.

The party also took Brecon and Radnorshire from the Liberal Democrats and won eight seats on the regional lists, more than any other party.

The 16-seat total beats the Conservatives' best result in a Welsh Parliament election of 14.

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Conservative Gareth Davies, an NHS physiotherapist, won the Vale of Clwyd from Labour

 

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Sadiq Khan wins second term as Mayor of London but Labour support in capital wanes​

 

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Keir Starmer sacks deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner after election losses​