The opposition Labour Party’s former justice spokesman Sadiq Khan entered the race to be his party’s candidate to succeed Boris Johnson as mayor of London.
Khan, who has represented the south London district of Tooting in Parliament since 2005, announced his candidacy through an interview with the Evening Standard newspaper on Wednesday. Johnson, a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party, will step down in May 2016.
Khan, 44, will compete with present and past London lawmakers David Lammy, Tessa Jowell and Diane Abbott for the Labour nomination. Despite losing House of Commons seats across the U.K. in last week’s general election, Labour strengthened its representation in the capital, where it gained seven districts.
“For the last eight years you’ve seen a red-carpet mayor, somebody who is fantastic going to openings, great with a flute of champagne in his hands,” Khan told the Standard. “I’d rather roll up my sleeves and fight for all Londoners.”