London mayor odds: Who could beat Sadiq Khan? ‘Flurry of bets’ for outsider tightens race

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Londoners will get the chance to head down to their local polling station on May 6 and choose who will hold the City Hall mayoral seat for the next five years. Mr Khan is seeking another term as mayor after he was first elected in 2016 with 44.2 percent of the city’s vote, but even as a favourite for re-election this year, Mr Khan undoubtedly has a bigger fight on his hands than he may have thought. Mr Khan started off his mayorship on a very positive trajectory, but quickly his ratings slumped to their lowest level in the summer of 2020.

One YouGov poll found only 30 percent of Londoners have been satisfied with his leadership, while 33 percent have been left unhappy.

While he has been widely praised for promoting London as an inclusive and open space for all, his leadership has been overshadowed by a perceived inability to deal with the bigger problems.

Transport infrastructure, namely the future of Transport for London (TfL) and knife crime are two of the biggest issues facing the capital.

However, one thing working in Mr Khan’s favour is the fact the opposition candidate isn’t perceived to be very strong by the electorate.

Tory candidate Shaun Bailey has just 28 percent of London’s perceived vote, compared to Mr Khan’s 41 percent.

While it’s clear Mr Khan will take the win once more for the Labour Party, the race will be much different than expected.

YouTuber and independent candidate Niko Omilana has become the fourth most popular candidate in terms of bets placed for the election.

Despite being a massive 200/1 shot in the bets, Ladbrokes Politics revealed Mr Omilana sits fourth in the popularity charts, behind Sadiq Khan (1/50), Brian Rose (50/1) and Shaun Bailey (20/1).

In the same race, Ladbrokes said: “A flurry of bets has seen Count Binface’s odds of beating Laurence Fox in the votes slashed from 10/1 to just 7/2.”

Ladbrokes spokesperson Alex Apati said: “Sadiq Khan’s a shoo-in to win the London Mayoral Election, but there’s plenty of interest in who will finish behind him in the vote.

“The odds suggest it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see Count Binface beat Laurence Fox.”

Mr Apati added: “This election is known for a novel candidate or two, and with a whopping 3.4million subscribers online, it’s no surprise Niko Omilana is so popular in the betting.”

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Ladbrokes’ odds for 2021’s London mayoral election winner:

Sadiq Khan – 1/50
Shaun Bailey – 20/1
Brian Rose – 50/1
Sian Berry – 100/1
Laurence Fox – 200/1
Luisa Porritt – 200/1
Niko Omilana – 200/1

Actor and campaigner Laurence Fox is being supported by Nigel Farage and the Reform party in his plight to become mayor.

Mr Fox is running under his own Reclaim Party banner, and Reform UK leader Richard Tice agreed on the mutual support deal in Hyde Park last week.

Mr Farage said: “It feels highly appropriate that on the eve of St George’s Day, a new patriotic alliance between Reform UK and the Reclaim Party is being announced.

“As the aims and objective of the two mens are so similar, this is the grown up thing to do and I will support it.

“With the big Brexit battle now over, the fight is about what kind of country people want to live in: a free nation or a semi-authoritarian regime?

“This debate needs to happen very quickly, and I wish Laurence Fox and Richard Nice all the very best.”

The London mayoral elections will take place on Thursday, May 6.

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