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London Mayor Sadiq Khan shook rival Susan Hall’s hand after election result

Labour’s victorious mayoral candidate appeared at first not to see the Conservative candidate’s outstretched hand, before shaking it.


Images on social media show Conservative mayoral candidate Susan Hall stretching out her hand to her Labour rival Sadiq Khan.

The pictures appeared to show victorious Mr Khan ignoring Ms Hall’s offer of a congratulatory handshake after the election results were read out.

Evaluation: Misleading

A video of the event shows that Mr Khan did shake Ms Hall’s hand after he initially appeared not to see the Conservative candidate’s offer of congratulations.

The facts

The result of the May 2 London mayoral election was announced on Saturday May 4.

Images show Mr Khan, Ms Hall and the other mayoral candidates on stage, listening to the returning officer reading out the results of the ballot.

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Ms Hall offered her hand to Mr Khan (Jeff Moore/PA)

A video of the moment clearly shows that Ms Hall then taps Mr Khan on the arm, at which point he turns his head, sees her hand and shakes it.

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Mr Khan noticed the outstretched hand after being nudged by Ms Hall (Jeff Moore/PA)


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