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‘Angela Rayner is brilliant’ Sadiq desperately defends shambolic Labour election results

Sadiq Khan says Angela Rayner ‘is brilliant’

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Speaking to Sky News’ Adam Boulton following his successful mayoral election run, Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan desperately defended the decision to remove party chair and campaign manager Angela Rayner from her position following a catastrophic result. He backed Keir Starmer in a desperate show of unity as Labour falls out of favour with voters as he insisted the move would have “brilliant” Ms Rayner best help the party reconnect with voters.

The Mayor of London said: “Hold on a second, Angela Rayner is one of the best politicians we have!

“She needs to be speaking to the public far more than she does as party chair.”

Khan added: “She has been brilliant on my campaign, my frustration is because she’s party chair trying to sort out the party, she’s not been doing more of that.

“I think Keir is right to get her in the front, speaking to and listening and engaging with voters – she’s brilliant!”

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Mr Khan went on to praise the new team Sir Keir has banded together for Labour’s new shadow cabinet.

The London mayor said: “Rachel Reeves will be the new Shadow Chancellor, again she will be able to use her experience as a long standing MP.

“But also Anneliese (Dodds) will be able to use her skills as party chair, so it’s really good!”

Mr Khan stressed how the new group of MP’s in the Shadow Cabinet “is an exciting team that Keir has got around him.”

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Sadiq Khan, who has now won a second term as London Mayor added: “Politics is a team sport and those of us who are Labour are on the same side.

“But we’ve got to realise that tribal politics is gone. “People vote for you on the basis of what you have offer, it’s more transactional.”

The Mayor aknowledged that Labour has to “recognise that at the moment, in some seats across the country, we aren’t at the races”.

But Khan concluded that “Keir is absolutely right to accelerate the task ahead of us” by making the changes in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet.

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[ANALYSIS] 

Sadiq Khan won the London Mayor race for a second term with 1,206,034 votes (55.2% of the vote) beating second place and Tory rival Shaun Bailey who recieved 44.8% of the vote (977,601 votes).

But the picture was not so good for the rest of the country as the Conservatives sweeped up Labour votes winning the Hartlepool by-election by 52 percent of the vote to 29 percent – the constituency voted to leave the EU in 2016.

Labour also lost control of eight councils and a massive 326 councillors across England with all 143 council’s declared as of Monday morning.

By Monday the Tories had added 13 councils and 235 councillors to their tally. The Conservative Party now control 63 councils across England.

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