Sadiq Khan: ‘I will never make a bid to be leader of the Labour Party’

By Staff

Sadiq Khan has ruled out a future bid for the Labour Party leadership and a return to Westminster politics. The Mayor of London is currently seeking a third term in charge of City Hall, with voters going to the polls in the capital on May 2.

Former Labour minister and Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, named Mr Khan as a potential future party leader during a conversation with co-host George Osborne on their podcast, Political Currency, on Monday (March 4). But, the mayor – who previously served as a transport minister as MP for Tooting – exclusively told MyLondon this afternoon (Friday, March 8) that national politics is not something he plans to go back into whenever his time as the capital’s leader comes to an end.

Mr Khan also said that he thinks his party’s current leader, Sir Keir Starmer, will remain so for ‘ten years or so’. When the time comes for Sir Keir to step aside, however, the mayor said that he would like to see a permanent female leader elected by the party to lead it forward.

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Mr Khan said: “I have no interest at all to be a Labour leader or the next Labour leader. What I do want to do is to be the mayor for another four years. I want to work closely with Keir Starmer in relation to serving this great city, serving our great nation.

“I do think thought that the Labour Party, whenever, in ten years’ time or so, Keir decides to step aside, it would be great if we could have a permanent female leader.” Mr Khan then highlighted that Dame Harriet Harman and Dame Margaret Beckett have at different times stepped in to take temporary charge of the party.

Both have announced that they will not be standing for re-election as MPs at the next general election. The mayor added: “I speak as a father of two daughters. I’m a firm believer in it’s difficult to be it if you can’t see it.

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Mr Khan ‘proud’ that Liz Truss, Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher have been Prime Minister

“And so yes I’m incredibly proud that we’ve had Liz Truss, Theresa May, Margaret Thatcher as leaders, prime ministers, all Conservative. I’m really proud that we’ve had Rishi Sunak as a leader, prime minister, Conservative.

“I think it’s about time Labour also showed our values in action in that sort of position. It won’t be for some years, because I want Keir to be the leader for a number of years.”

Asked if he ruled out any Westminster involvement in the long-term, the mayor said: “Absolutely, I’ve got no ambitions to go back to the House of Commons.”

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