Shadow Minister for London, Sadiq Khan, has been selected as Labour's standard-bearer in the upcoming mayoral election. His backstory and understanding of the city makes him a compelling candidate. As the BBC reports:
And alongside those plans, he also discusses his vision for the future of transport:
Not mentioned on the site is Heathrow - an issue where he has tacked away from his party and spoken against further expansion, likely with one eye on the contest ahead.
All this is well and good, but the real challenge for Sadiq Kahn will come ahead of the mayoral election where he will have to define himself against the actions of the government and current Mayor.
Tomorrow, MPs will vote on the Trade Union Bill, which would introduce higher ballot thresholds for strike action, as well as imposing other restrictions if passed. In response, unions are already talking up a general strike. This is a tactic that has remained unused since the 1920s and if talk turns to action, it will be a real test of Mr Khan's political mettle as to how he acts and whether he supports or condemns such a move. Either would have significant implications for his campaign.
We welcome Mr Khan to the campaign.