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Sadiq Khan better cut the bravado: Covid-19 may have bought him another year in office, but hit his re-election hopes

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29.05.2020

At the start of the year, London Mayor Sadiq Khan was preparing to try and win a second term in City Hall – and with the duff selection of opponents on offer for the capital’s top job, most pundits guessed he would secure another four years without breaking a sweat.

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, and it was decided that the elections, which were initially due to take place at the start of May, would be postponed for 12 months.

Khan was handed a free pass on a fifth year in office without having to run the gauntlet of a tricky election. Tricky? Well, they always are, because just when you think it’s plain sailing, your tightly organised ship can quite easily hit the rocks or be fatally holed in an unexpected storm.

So while the pause in the democratic process is understandable, it has also given London voters the chance to have a look at what Khan has – or hasn’t – done since he was handed the job.

Of his more ambitious goals, turning London into a bona fide ‘city that never sleeps’ was right up there. It was going to have all-night drinking, eating and dancing. The underground was to run around the clock, and he would appoint........

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