Former U.K. transport minister Sadiq Khan has been named the Labour Party’s candidate for mayor of London, beating former Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.
After four rounds of a run-off vote, Khan took 59 percent of the 87,954 votes cast. A human-rights lawyer, he was elected to Parliament in 2005, representing the South London seat of Tooting.
“I’m only here because of the opportunities London gave me and my family,” Khan said in his victory speech. “I owe London everything.”
The election to replace the current mayor, Conservative Boris Johnson, will take place in May 2016.