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May 9, 2016updated 29 Jul 2021 12:48pm

Bonus podcast: Yes we Khan

By Jonn Elledge

Last Thursday, as you’ll probably know, if you haven’t been living under a rock on the outskirts of Syria Planum, London held a mayoral election. After his 57:43 victory, Labour’s Sadiq Khan has taken over at City Hall, in the process becoming the first Muslim to preside over a major western city.

We decided we couldn’t let this pass without comment. So in a special bonus edition of our podcast, Barbara and I are joined by the New Statesman‘s special correspondent Stephen Bush to talk about the politics of London’s mayoral election, and what Khan’s victory means for the city.

We also talk about Marvin Rees’ victory over George Ferguson in Bristol, and discuss what the arrival next year of mayors for England’s city regions will mean for existing city mayors like Rees and Liverpool’s Joe Anderson. All that, and Stephen treats us to a rousing chorus of his top 10 hit “Metro, metro mayor”, too. It’s a hell of a 15 minutes.

You can listen here:

Our regular podcast, in which we do our best not to obsess over the city where we’re actually based, will be back on Friday. If you want to subscribe, you can find us on Acast or iTunes, or put this RSS into the podcast app of your choice. Or you can find more episodes right here.

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