Sadiq Khan: on the Tooting trail with Labour's London campaign man

Sadiq Khan: on the Tooting trail with Labour's London campaign man

This article originally appeared in the Guardian

The bus driver’s son who helped Ed Miliband become Labour leader insists the general election is his top priority despite his interest in becoming the capital’s mayor 

Inside the Sadiq Khan campaign HQ were parcels of flyers and posters half unpacked, milling volunteers, many stacks of sandwiches, a woman making a joke about “a paper plate crisis” and a great deal of pent up energy. It was Saturday lunchtime in Tooting constituency, the only one of three in the firmly Conservative borough of Wandsworth that Labour holds, and not by all that much.

Labour MP Khan’s winning margin in 2010 was just 2,524 votes, though the narrowness of his triumph didn’t lessen the scale of the setback for the Tories. His was one of a bunch of London targets they failed to hit, as the capital declined to swoon over David Cameron’s charms in the numbers he required to secure a Commons majority.

 

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