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Sadiq Khan has said he was “really humble” to be elected to a second term as Mayor of London.
And he vowed to work on “building bridges” in a country that remains “deeply divided”.
Before signing the official acceptance letter for office at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the mayor announced plans for “the largest domestic tourism campaign the capital has ever seen”.
The Let’s Do London name puts art and culture at the center of the capital’s economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Khan spoke to reporters from the Globe stage where he was accompanied by award-winning British actor and director Adrian Lester.
“It is fitting that we are here on the globe today … because it is a story of resilience and renewal,” said the mayor.
“I am truly humble at the trust the Londoners have placed in me (and) I promise to do my best to repay their trust through tireless work.
“London’s art and culture help make this city one of the largest in the world.
“It’s time to leave the dark days of the past behind … for everyone who calls this great city home.”
Mr. Khan said the election results showed that “our country and even our city remain deeply divided”.
“I promise to build bridges that will keep us closer together rather than the walls that drive us apart,” he said.
Sadiq Khan added that Sir Keir Starmer was “correct” make changes to his team following the results of the nationwide election over the weekend.
“Last week’s results have been mixed, but Keir is right to make changes to ensure we can regain confidence and confidence across the country,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Keir and the team. He sent me a really nice message after the weekend.
“I look forward to helping the national party and showing that Labor can make a difference in London.”
He added, “I’ve been involved in reshuffles before, it’s like three dimensional chess in terms of how you perform it.
“I’m sure it’s not going as smoothly as Keir would have liked … and I wish him all the best for the next 24 hours.
“He has a great new team around him.”