London mayor Sadiq Khan has backed Jeremy Corbyn to be the next Prime Minister

 
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Khan has previously claimed Corbyn was "extremely unlikely" to lead Labour to power (Source: Getty)

London mayor Sadiq Khan has expressed his support for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's election battle, endorsing the MP's bid to become Prime Minister.

Khan backed a challenger to Corbyn in the party's 2016 leadership election, but today said "the choice is simple" when it came to supporting the Labour leader.

The London mayor said that Corbyn would be able to secure a better deal on Brexit than Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservatives.

"The choice is a Conservative Prime Minister who wants a bigger majority for a hard Brexit, risking jobs, growth and prosperity, or a Labour Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn, making sure we get a good deal with the European Union, protecting jobs, growth and prosperity, the NHS, the police service and our city," Khan told Sky News.

"We have had too many years of those who were the poorest, those who are working their socks off, not getting a fair share, and I'm hoping a Labour government will ensure that all of us get a fair share"

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It marks a remarkable turnaround for Khan, who previously said that Corbyn was "a principled man" but "extremely unlikely" to lead the party back to power.

Writing in The Observer, Khan said: "The hopes of the members who have joined our party would be dashed again. Jeremy has already proved that he is unable to organise an effective team, and has failed to win the trust and respect of the British people."

He continued: "Jeremy’s personal ratings are the worst of any opposition leader on record – and the Labour party is suffering badly as a result. He has lost the confidence of more than 80 per cent of Labour’s MPs in parliament – and I am afraid we simply cannot afford to go on like this."

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