London mayoral election 2016: Labour candidate Sadiq Khan leads Conservative Zac Goldsmith by five points according to new poll

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Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan is now five points ahead of his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith in the race to replace Boris Johnson as mayor of London, according to a new poll out today.

Khan has the backing of 31 per cent of London voters, compared to 26 per cent supporting Goldsmith, according to a poll conducted by Opinium for the Evening Standard.

According to the pollsters, Khan is also set to net twice as many second preference votes as Goldsmith, putting him on track to win the run-off by a margin of 55-45.

The results indicated, however, that the race is still relatively open, with a quarter of Londoners saying they have yet to make up their minds and the margin between the leading candidates much closer in outer London.

Opinium found little support for candidates from other parties. Ukip’s Peter Whittle was slightly ahead of Green Party candidate Sian Berry and Liberal Democrat candidate Caroline Pidgeon, though all three had the support of about two per cent of the electorate each.

Respect Party candidate George Galloway commanded less than one per cent of voters' support.

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