Sadiq Khan has long been touted as a Labour leader in waiting, the man who can get the party back into power. But speaking to The Big Issue, the Mayor of London has ruled out a return to Parliament.
Khan was MP for Tooting from 2005-16 and served as a transport minister in Gordon Brown’s government. Along with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, recent years have been filled with speculation that he could return to Westminster when the time is right.
The 53-year-old’s spokesperson had previously said he had “absolutely no plans” to run for Parliament. But plans can change. Asked if he would ever return to Parliament for a forthcoming interview in the Big Issue magazine, out on Monday 25 May, Khan said: “No.”
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Instead, Khan was adamant he wanted four more terms running London.
He added: “The reason I’m so excited to run for a third term is the possibility of a Labour government that’s pro-London devolving more powers and resources to – not just London – but to Manchester, Birmingham, West Yorkshire, Newcastle.”