Sadiq Khan to emphasise opposition to Trump and Brexit in bid to target Lib Dem voters

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Sadiq Khan will emphasise his record standing up to Donald Trump and a “rising tide of nationalism” as part of his strategy to stay in City Hall, in a break with Labour’s national positioning.

The Labour mayor of London is planning to explicitly target Liberal Democrat voters to take him over the line as a new poll shows he is set to win over a substantial chunk of their 2019 support.

The approach, tailored for the capital, breaks with the one set by Labour leader Keir Starmer at national level – which has sought to emphasise patriotism in an appeal to more conservative voters.

Mr Khan kicked off his campaign, which will officially begin on Monday, by telling The Independent he was in a “two-horse race” with the Tories and that voting Lib Dem could risk him losing.

But his suggestion sparked anger in the Liberal Democrat campaign, with the party’s candidate Luisa Porritt accusing the Mayor of “engaging in fake news tactics” around the voting system.

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