Sadiq Khan makes dig at journalist during housing grilling
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Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate and current Mayor of London, is running for a second term in the much-coveted City Hall seat. Mr Khan’s biggest opponent at the moment continues to be Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey, but this race is looking tighter than ever. While Mr Khan is understood to be the clear winner ahead of the election due to Mr Bailey’s lack of support among a Labour-leaning London, he could scrape by with less of a landslide that he was hoping for.
YouTuber Niko Omilana, 23, who has 3.4million subscribers on the video platform, could steal away Mr Khan’s majority.
Mr Omilana is the first choice for City Hall for five percent of Londoners, according to an election poll by ITV London News.
He is the second most popular candidate after Mr Khan for the age group 18 to 24, in which 19 percent say they are ready to vote for him on May 6.
Twelve percent of Londoners aged 25 to 34 also said they would vote for Mr Omilana, whose main policy is to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “shush”.
The poll, a representative sample of 1,004 Londoners by Savanta ComRes, revealed the influence of small parties or independent candidates such as Mr Omilana is likely to take the mayoral race to a second round of votes.
Two previous Opinium polls have given Mr Khan more than 50 percent of the first-preference votes.
This means he would become the first ever mayor to win outright without second-preference votes being counted.
However, the ITV News poll shows Mr Khan’s lead to be shrinking in the face of new opposition.
Mr Khan’s support has fallen to 41 percent, meaning the gap to second-placed runner Mr Bailey has slimmed down to just 13 points.
Mr Bailey, in comparison is on 28 percent, Lib Dem Luisa Porritt is on eight percent and Green Party runner Sian Berry stands at six percent.
Anti-lockdown and anti-woke campaigner Laurence Fox is on one percent alongside UKIP’s Peter Gammons and parody candidate Count Binface.
The poll, carried out between April 13 and April 19, doesn’t change the fact Mr Khan is on the trajectory for a definite win.
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The current Mayor of London is expected to secure 61 percent of the vote compared to an anticipated 39 percent for Tory Bailey.
The surge in support for Mr Omilana is the most unexpected development in an already-overshadowed mayoral election.
Earlier this week, Mr Omilana was in the spotlight when he pretended to “secure” an interview with BBC London after protesting outside Broadcasting House with a cardboard plaque.
Mr Omilana’s Niko Defence League (NDL) is the abbreviation of London (LDN) written backwards.
The YouTuber and first-time mayoral candidate claims his victory in May is “written in the stars”.
In a post on YouTube that has been viewed almost 3.6million times, Mr Omilana said he was standing for mayor because politicians failed to take young people seriously.
He said: “There is no greater leader in the country than me… vote Niko for Mayor of London on May 6 or your breath stinks.”
ITV London held a live TV debate between the four main mayoral candidates at 6pm on Thursday, April 22.
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