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Mayor Khan in attack on Corbyn leadership.

Corbyn BY LEE HARPIN Agenda Editor SADIQ Khan launched a scathing attack on Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of Labour just hours after becoming London Mayor.

Bus driver's son Mr Khan, 45, defeated multi-millionaire Tory rival Zac Goldsmith to become the first Muslim mayor of a major capital after landing more than 1.3 million votes.

But yesterday he warned that the party risked being locked out of No10 under Mr Corbyn unless it began to "focus on the issues people actually care about". The Tooting MP, who reclaimed the capital for Labour after eight years of Tory rule under Boris Johnson, writes in today's Observer newspaper: "Labour has to be a big tent that appeals to everyone - not just its own activists." But Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson, writing for the Sunday Mirror, says a challenge to Mr Corbyn's leadership is as likely as a "snowstorm in the Sahara".

A jubilant Mr Khan, sworn in yesterday, also launched a scathing attack on the Tory smear campaign against him during a bitter electoral battle. "They used fear and innuendo to try and turn different ethnic and religious groups against each other," he said. One senior Labour source said: "Sadiq went out of his way to appeal to all voters. He won round Jewish, Muslim, black, white and Asian voters. There is much to be learnt from Sadiq's success."

Last night US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton became the latest political figure to congratulate Mr Khan, praising him as a "champion of workers' rights and human rights".

lee.harpin@sundaymirror.co.uk

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