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Kahn selected as Labour's London Mayoral candidate watch

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    Congratulations to him I guess. He won 59% of the vote beating the Blairite Jowell.

    Kahn is to the left of Labour and his victory suggests Corbyn will run away with the leadership nomination.
    London should be Labour - it was Boris Johnson's huge personal appeal that did it for him. Don't know too much about him to be honest but he comes across fairly well.
    He'll face a stiff challenge from Zac Goldsmith who is quite likeable, detached from Westminster and an environmentalist.

    I think the London election in 2016 is huge and one that may well be the first real indications of how Corbyn will do as leader.
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    The Trots are coming for us! :eek3:
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    This represents a huge shift in where Labour positions (or is starting to position) itself on the political spectrum. Interesting to see how this pans out.
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    (Original post by elen90)
    This represents a huge shift in where Labour positions (or is starting to position) itself on the political spectrum. Interesting to see how this pans out.
    Ken Livingston is a bit of a lefty and he was mare in the New Labour years.
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    Good news, better than Jowell.
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Ken Livingston is a bit of a lefty and he was mare in the New Labour years.
    Yes, but I think that Khan coupled with Corbyn and possibly Ben Watson/Stella Creasy as deputy is quite telling.
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    Although obviously I have very different views from him I do have a lot of respect for him- in particular him standing up for gay marriage in the face of death threats from other Muslims.

    Not a fan of goldsmith so wouldn't be bothered if he lost - would be interesting how Khan would fare against Kamall though.
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    (Original post by elen90)
    Yes, but I think that Khan coupled with Corbyn and possibly Ben Watson/Stella Creasy as deputy is quite telling.
    It also makes it look like Corbyn is gonna win.
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    It also makes it look like Corbyn is gonna win.
    Sure looks like it. Though by how much of a margin it's hard to say.
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    (Original post by Davij038)
    Although obviously I have very different views from him I do have a lot of respect for him- in particular him standing up for gay marriage in the face of death threats from other Muslims.
    That's good to know.
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    This is a disaster. Khan, like Corbyn, has links to dodgy groups like CAGE.

    He also has a very snide and cheap manner in the way he discusses political opponents. I think he will be steamrolled by Zac Goldsmith
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    Important to note that Khan is soft-left in a Miliband sort of way as opposed to hard-left like Corbyn. He's the most right-wing candidate for mayor Labour has ever had
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    That's good to know.
    Im very considerate like that!
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    Thank God it's not Diane Abbott. I imagine she was planning to play the race card but she found out the person who beat her is brown.
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    (Original post by Davij038)
    Although obviously I have very different views from him I do have a lot of respect for him- in particular him standing up for gay marriage in the face of death threats from other Muslims.

    Not a fan of goldsmith so wouldn't be bothered if he lost - would be interesting how Khan would fare against Kamall though.
    Yay.
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    (Original post by elen90)
    This represents a huge shift in where Labour positions (or is starting to position) itself on the political spectrum. Interesting to see how this pans out.
    Kahn seems a solid politician.
    He's not going to wow anyone but he'll offer a strong platform.
    I also think his background will help in a place as ethnically diverse as London.
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Ken Livingston is a bit of a lefty and he was mare in the New Labour years.
    He was a nightmayor for Blair.
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    (Original post by meenu89)
    He was a nightmayor for Blair.

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    (Original post by St. Brynjar)
    Important to note that Khan is soft-left in a Miliband sort of way as opposed to hard-left like Corbyn. He's the most right-wing candidate for mayor Labour has ever had
    Everyone's a Trot now.

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    His courageous stance on gay marriage was admirable, but I think Goldsmith is going to take the 'cult of personality' factor in persuading the London electorate.
 
 
 
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