London’s new Boss

Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan

He became the first Muslim mayor of London, he is Sadiq Khan, son of a bus driver from Pakistan who made it big in the political arena.

He is a British politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Tooting since 2005. A member of the Labour Party, he is part of the party’s soft left and has been ideologically characterised as a social democrat.

 

Early Life

Khan was born on October 8th, 1970 in South London, the fifth of eight children in a family of Pakistani immigrants.

His grandparents migrated from India to Pakistan following the partition of India in 1947, and his parents migrated to England from Pakistan shortly before Khan was born. His father, Amanullah Khan, worked as a bus driver for over 25 years; his mother, Sehrun, was a seamstress.
Education

He attended Fircroft Primary School and Ernest Bevin College. Khan studied science and mathematics at A-level, in the hope of eventually qualifying as a dentist. But later he entered the University of North London to study law.

 

Legal Career

Before entering the House of Commons in 2005, Khan practised as a solicitor.
He completed the Law Society finals at the College of Law in Guildford.

From 1994 to 1997, he was employed as a trainee solicitor and assistant solicitor and from 1997 to 2005, was a partner in the firm Christian Khan with Louise Christian.

 

Political Career

Before being elected as mayor of London, Khan served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Tooting since 2005.

Khan was a Councillor for the London Borough of Wandsworth from 1994 to 2006 before being elected MP for Tooting in 2005. Under the Labour government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown he was appointed Minister of State for Communities in 2008, later becoming Minister of State for Transport.

Khan was elected Mayor of London in the 2016 mayoral election, succeeding Conservative Party Mayor Boris Johnson. He announced that he would resign as MP for Tooting “as soon as possible”. His election as Mayor of London made him the first actively affiliated Muslim to become mayor of a major Western capital.

 

Honors

Khan was nominated for the Politician of the Year Award at the British Muslim Awards twice in In January 2013 and 2015, but he won the award in February 2016.

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