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London mayoral election 2021: when is it? Who are the candidates? Who is the favourite?

London mayoral election 2021: when is it? Who are the candidates? Who is the favourite?

As the people of London prepare to vote in the mayoral election, oddschecker bring you all the key information ahead of this important event – while also digging into the betting market.

When is the London mayoral election 2021?

The 2021 London mayoral election takes place on Thursday 6 May.

Polls open across the city at 7am and close at 10pm, giving Londoners ample opportunity to vote for their chosen candidate.

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Who are the main London mayoral candidates?

While a whole host of candidates are running for Mayor of London, most eyes will be on Labour’s Sadiq Khan, who was elected for the role in 2016.

Khan is eyeing up a second term in office, which would ensure the London mayoralty stays red following the departure of previous incumbent, now-prime minister, Boris Johnson.

The Conservative candidate is Shaun Bailey, who was previously employed as an advisor for the David Cameron administration.

Bailey’s focus is very much on knife crime and policing, while Khan’s policies revolve around employment and the local economy.

Who are the notable outsiders?

There are two outsiders in the London mayoral race that certainly stand out above the rest.

The first is failed actor Laurence Fox, who is representing the Reclaim Party.

While Fox is hardly a veteran in the world of politics, he’s still carrying one of the loudest voices in the race (despite repeated claims of being ‘silenced’), and is all about ‘freedom’ - promising to do all within his power to end lockdown and mask mandates, despite limited support from those in a scientific background.

Elsewhere, a slightly more serious candidate is the colourfully-named Count Binface, who has been active in UK politics since the 1980s, with a number of polls suggesting the Count may pip Fox in the voting, leaving the unsuccessful entertainer rock bottom of the voting.

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Who is favourite to win the London mayoral election?

As of Wednesday, Sadiq Khan is the overwhelming favourite with the bookies to win another term as Mayor of London, priced at 1/50, although odds of as long as 1/200 are also available.

Conservative Bailey is second-favourite at 33/1, while Brian Rose of the London Real Party is next in the market at 50/1.

The aforementioned Laurence Fox and Count Binface can be backed at 250/1 and 1000/1 respectively.

2021 London mayoral election odds:

  • Sadiq Khan (Labour) – 1/50
  • Shaun Bailey (Conservative) – 33/1
  • Brian Rose (London Real Party) – 50/1
  • Niko Omilana (Independent) – 200/1
  • Luisa Porritt (Liberal Democrats) – 250/1
  • Sian Berry (Green Party) – 250/1
  • Laurence Fox (Reclaim Party) – 250/1
  • Peter Gammons (UKIP) – 500/1
  • Count Binface (Independent) – 1000/1