Sadiq Khan’s lead over Tory mayoral rival Zac Goldsmith has soared to 16 points according to a new YouGov poll for the Evening Standard.
According to the poll, the Labour candidate is poised to take 48% of first preference votes with Goldsmith winning 32%.
After second preference votes are taken into consideration Khan would finish the race with 60% of votes with Goldsmith trailing behind on just 40%.
Khan’s healthy lead appears to be defying weeks of Tory attacks linking him to “extremist” speakers and preachers, a campaign line which Prime Minister David Cameron repeated at Wednesday’s PMQs.
Mr Goldsmith’s campaign has been repeatedly criticised for being “divisive” and “racist,” accusations he’s denied.
The poll puts UKIP candidate Peter Whittle on seven per cent, Green Sian Berry on six per cent and Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon on five per cent.
Londoners will elect a new Mayor and the 25 members of the London Assembly on May 5th. Candidates for Mayor include Conservative Zac Goldsmith, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon, the Green party’s Sian Berry and UKIP’s Peter Whittle.