Sadiq Khan has won the election to decide Labour’s candidate for the 2016 London mayoral election.
Khan, presently MP for Tooting, took 58.9% of the vote following transfers of second and further preferences after the elimination of other candidates.
Khan went on record during the hustings as being prepared to do anything he could to stop Heathrow expanding. If Zac Goldsmith wins the Conservative ticket, as is widely expected, it means both candidates will be opposed to the Airports Commission’s recommendation to allow an extra runway at the UK’s hub airport.
Chief Executive of West London Business, Andrew Dakers, said: “I extend my wholehearted congratulations to Mr Khan on his selection as Labour Candidate for Mayor of London. West London Business members look forward to discussing with him and other candidates a range of areas where we will need the continued support of the Mayor’s office in the years ahead. Only by working together can we ensure that West London remains the UK’s second largest economy, after the central London zone.
“Amongst our top priorities is securing a third runway at Heathrow airport. We hope Mr Khan will take the time to carefully consider our views and re-examine how Heathrow airport has changed its proposals in response to community concerns. The reality is that expanding the airport’s capacity is intrinsic to the continued success of not just North-West London, but our entire city and UK economy. There must, of course, be appropriate mitigation for noise, air quality and CO2 emissions, but as the Airports Commission concluded, this is achievable.”