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SADIQ AMAN KHAN PC (born 8 October 1970) is a British politician. He is currently Mayor of London
Mayor of London
, a position held since 2016. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tooting from 2005 to 2016. A member of the Labour Party , he is on the party's soft left wing and has been ideologically characterised as a social democrat .

Born in Tooting , South London
London
, to a working-class British Pakistani family, Khan gained a law degree from the University of North London
London
. He subsequently worked as a solicitor specialising in human rights, and chaired Liberty for three years. Joining the Labour Party, Khan was a Councillor for the London
London
Borough of Wandsworth
Wandsworth
from 1994 to 2006 before being elected as Member of Parliament for Tooting at the 2005 general election. Under the Labour government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown , Khan was appointed Minister of State for Communities in 2008, later becoming Minister of State for Transport
Minister of State for Transport
. A key ally of former Labour leader Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband
, he served in the Miliband\'s Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
, Shadow Lord Chancellor , and Shadow Minister for London .

Khan was elected Mayor of London
Mayor of London
at the May 2016 mayoral election , succeeding Conservative Party Mayor Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
. He immediately resigned as MP for Tooting upon his victory at the mayoral election. He is London's first ethnic minority mayor, and the first Muslim
Muslim
to become the mayor of a major Western capital. Khan won the largest number of votes in one election of any politician in British history. As mayor, he introduced reforms to limit charges on London's public transport, backed London
London
Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport
expansion, and focused on uniting the city's varied communities. He was a vocal supporter of the unsuccessful Britain Stronger in Europe campaign to retain UK membership of the European Union
European Union
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life * 2 Legal career

* 3 Parliamentary career

* 3.1 First term: 2005–10 * 3.2 Second and third term: 2010–16

* 4 Mayor of London
Mayor of London

* 4.1 2016 candidacy

* 4.2 Mayoralty

* 4.2.1 Transport and housing policies

* 5 Political views * 6 Reception * 7 Personal life * 8 See also

* 9 References

* 9.1 Sources

* 10 External links

EARLY LIFE

Khan was born at St George\'s Hospital in Tooting , South London
London
to a working-class Sunni Muslim
Muslim
family of Pakistani immigrants . His grandparents migrated from Bombay Presidency , British India
British India
to Pakistan following the partition of India in 1947. His father Amanullah and mother Sehrun had arrived in London
London
from Pakistan in the second half of the 1960s. Khan was the fifth of eight children, all but one of whom was a boy. In the city, Amanullah worked as a bus driver and Sehrun as a seamstress . Ernest Bevin College in Tooting

Khan and his siblings grew up in a three-bedroom council flat on the Henry Prince Estate in Earlsfield
Earlsfield
. He attended Fircroft Primary School and then Ernest Bevin School , a local comprehensive . Khan studied science and mathematics at A-level
A-level
, in the hope of eventually becoming a dentist. A teacher recommended that he read law instead, as he had an argumentative personality. The teacher's suggestion, along with the American television programme L.A. Law , inspired Khan to do so. He read Law at the University of North London
London
(now London Metropolitan University ). His parents later moved out of their council flat and purchased their own home. Like his brothers, Khan was a fan of sport, particularly enjoying football, cricket, and boxing.

From his earliest years, Khan worked: "I was surrounded by my mum and dad working all the time, so as soon as I could get a job, I got a job. I got a paper round, a Saturday job—some summers I laboured on a building site." The family continues to send money to relatives in Pakistan, "because we're blessed being in this country." He and his family often encountered racism, which led to him and his brothers taking up boxing at the Earlsfield
Earlsfield
Amateur Boxing
Boxing
Club. While studying for his degree, between the ages of 18 and 21, he had a Saturday job at the Peter Jones department store in Sloane Square
Sloane Square
.

LEGAL CAREER

Before entering the House of Commons in 2005, Khan practised as a solicitor. After completing his law degree in 1991, Khan took his Law Society finals at the College of Law in Guildford
Guildford
. In 1994 he married Saadiya Ahmed, who was also a solicitor.

In 1994 he became a trainee solicitor at a firm of solicitors called Christian Fisher; the firm specialised in legal aid cases. The partners were Michael Fisher and Louise Christian . Khan became a partner in 1997, and like Christian, specialised in human rights law. When Fisher left in 2002, the firm was renamed Christian Khan. Khan left the firm in 2004, after he became the prospective Labour candidate for the Tooting parliamentary constituency.

During his legal career, he acted in actions against employment and discrimination law , judicial reviews, inquests, the police, and crime, and was involved in cases including the following:

* Bubbins vs The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(European Court of Human Rights – shooting of an unarmed individual by police marksmen) * HSU and Thompson v Met Police (wrongful arrest/police damages) * Reeves v Met Police (duty of care to prisoners) * Murray v CAB (discrimination) * Ahmed v University of Oxford
University of Oxford
(racial discrimination against a student) * Dr Jadhav v Secretary of State for Health (racial discrimination in the employment of Indian doctors by the health service) * CI Logan v Met Police (racial discrimination ) * Supt Dizaei v Met Police (police damages, discrimination) * Inquest into the death of David Rocky Bennett (use of restraints) * Lead solicitor on Mayday demonstration 2001 test case litigation (Human Rights Act ) * Farrakhan v Home Secretary (Human Rights Act): in 2001, Khan represented the American Nation of Islam
Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan
Louis Farrakhan
in the High Court and successfully overturned a ban on him entering the United Kingdom, first imposed in 1986, but the government subsequently won on appeal. * In February 2000, Khan represented a group of Kurdish actors who were arrested by Metropolitan Police during a rehearsal of the Harold Pinter play Mountain Language , securing £150,000 in damages for the group for their wrongful arrest and the trauma caused by the arrest. * McDowell and Taylor v Met Police: Leroy McDowell and Wayne Taylor successfully sued the Metropolitan Police for assault and false imprisonment . * Represented Maajid Nawaz , Reza Pankhurst and Ian Nisbet in Egyptian court when they were arrested on charges of trying to revive Hizb ut-Tahrir
Hizb ut-Tahrir
.

PARLIAMENTARY CAREER

FIRST TERM: 2005–10

Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan
in 2009

Before entering Parliament, Khan represented Tooting as a Councillor for the London
London
Borough of Wandsworth
Wandsworth
from 1994 to 2006, and was granted the title of Honorary Alderman of Wandsworth
Wandsworth
upon his retirement from local politics.

In 2003, Tooting Constituency Labour Party decided to open its parliamentary selection to all interested candidates, including the incumbent MP since 1974, Tom Cox . This prompted Cox, then in his mid-70s, to announce his retirement rather than risk de-selection. In the subsequent selection contest, Khan defeated five other local candidates to become Labour's candidate for the seat. He was elected to Parliament at the 2005 general election .

Khan was one of the Labour MPs who led the successful opposition to Prime Minister Tony Blair
Tony Blair
's proposed introduction of 90 days detention without charge for those suspected of terrorism offences. In recognition of this, The Spectator
The Spectator
—a right-wing magazine then edited by Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
—awarded him the "Newcomer of the Year Award" at the 2005 Parliamentarian of the Year Awards. The magazine's editorial board stated that he had received the award "for the tough-mindedness and clarity with which he has spoken about the very difficult issues of Islamic terror". In August 2006, he was a signatory of an open letter to Tony Blair
Tony Blair
that was signed by prominent Muslims and published in The Guardian
The Guardian
. The letter criticised UK foreign policy and in particular the 2003 invasion of Iraq, stating that Blair's policies had caused great harm to civilians in the Middle East and provided "ammunition to extremists who threaten us all".

Khan had to repay £500 in expenses in 2007 in relation to a newsletter sent to constituents featuring a 'Labour rose', which was deemed to be unduly prominent. While the content of the newsletter was not deemed to be party political, the rose logo was found to be unduly prominent which may have had the effect of promoting a political party. There was no suggestion that Khan had deliberately or dishonestly compiled his expenses claims , which were not explicitly disallowed under the rules at that time. The rules were retrospectively changed disallowing the claim, which had previously been approved by the House of Commons authorities.

On 3 February 2008, The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times
claimed that a conversation between Khan and prisoner Babar Ahmad – a constituent accused and later convicted of involvement in terrorism – at Woodhill Prison
Woodhill Prison
in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
had been bugged by the Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch . An inquiry was launched by the Justice Secretary , Jack Straw
Jack Straw
. There was concern that the bugging contravened the Wilson Doctrine that police should not bug MPs. The report concluded that the doctrine did not apply because it affected only bugging requiring approval by the Home Secretary, while in Khan's case the monitoring was authorised by a senior police officer. The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith , then announced a further policy review and said the bugging of discussions between MPs and their constituents should be banned.

In June 2007, Blair stood down as both Prime Minister and Labour Party leader, to be replaced by Gordon Brown . Brown thought highly of Khan, who moved up the parliamentary ranks under Brown's Premiership. Brown made Khan a party whip, who was therefore charged with ensuring that Labour-sponsored legislation successfully made it through the parliamentary process to become law. In July 2008, Khan helped push through a government proposal to permit the detention of those suspected of terror offenses for 42 days without charge. For his part in this, Khan was criticised by Liberty's Shami Chakrabarti and others, who claimed that Khan had contravened his principles on civil liberties issues. Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan
speaking in 2011

On Prime Minister Gordon Brown 's Cabinet reshuffle of 3 October 2008, Khan was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for Communities and Local Government . In 2008, the Fabian Society published Khan's book, Fairness Not Favours. In this work, Khan argued that the Labour Party had to reconnect with British Muslims, arguing that it had lost the trust of this community as a result of the Iraq War . He also said that British Muslims had their own part to play in reconnecting with politicians, arguing that they needed to rid themselves of a victim mentality and take greater responsibility for their own community. In the House of Commons in January 2009, Khan criticised Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
for the rehabilitation of Bishop Richard Williamson following his remarks about the Holocaust
Holocaust
, a move he described as "highly unsavoury" and of "great concern".

In June 2009 he was promoted to Minister of State for Transport
Minister of State for Transport
. In what was believed to be a first for an MP, Khan used his Twitter account to self-announce his promotion. Though Khan was not a member of the cabinet , he attended meetings for agenda items covering his policy area, thus becoming the first Muslim
Muslim
to sit in on the British Cabinet. As Transport Minister, Khan supported plans to expand Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport
with the addition of a third runway .

In March 2010, Khan publicly stated that for a second successive year he would not be taking a pay rise as an MP or Minister, declaring "At a time when many people in Tooting and throughout the country are having to accept pay freezes I don't think it's appropriate for MPs to accept a pay rise."

SECOND AND THIRD TERM: 2010–16

In 2010 , Khan was re-elected as the MP for Tooting despite a swing against his party of 3.6% and a halving of his previous majority. In the subsequent Labour leadership election Khan was an early backer of Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband
, becoming his campaign manager . In the wake of Labour's 2010 election defeat , Acting Leader Harriet Harman appointed Khan Shadow Secretary of State for Transport . Khan orchestrated Ed Miliband 's successful campaign to become Labour leader, and was appointed to the senior roles of Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Justice Secretary . Khan orchestrated Ed Miliband's successful campaign to become Labour leader and later served in Miliband's Shadow Cabinet.

In April 2010 it was revealed that Khan had repaid falsely claimed expenses on two occasions, when literature was sent to his constituents. The first incident concerned letters sent out before the 2010 General Election which were ruled to have the "unintentional effect of promoting his return to office", the second a £2,550 repayment for Christmas, Eid , and birthday cards for constituents, dating back to 2006. Under House of Commons rules, pre-paid envelopes and official stationery can only be used for official parliamentary business. Khan's claim for the greetings cards was initially rejected, but he presented a new invoice no longer identifying the nature of the claim, and this was accepted. Khan attributed the improper claim for the cards to "inexperience" and human error and apologised for breaking the expenses rules .

In early 2013, Miliband appointed Khan as the Shadow Minister for London
London
, a position that he held in addition to his other responsibilities. In December 2013, the Fabian Society
Fabian Society
published a collection of essays edited by Khan that was titled Our London. Khan was also tasked with overseeing Labour's campaign for the 2014 London local elections , in which the party advanced its control in the city, gaining hold of twenty of the thirty-two boroughs. By this point, there was much talk of Khan making a bid for the London Mayoralty in 2016, when incumbent Mayor Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
would be stepping down. His options were affected by the outcome of the 2015 general election ; if Labour won, then he would be expected to become a government minister, but if they lost then he would be free to pursue the Mayoralty. In December 2015, Khan voted against the Cameron government's plans to expand the bombing of targets in the Islamic State .

Polls had suggested that Labour could be the largest party in a hung parliament following the 2015 general election, but ultimately the Conservatives secured victory. In the vote, Khan was returned for a third term as MP for Tooting, defeating his Conservative rival by 2,842 votes. He was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015 , but has said that he was "no patsy" to Corbyn and would stand up to him. He later stated that he nominated Corbyn to "broaden the debate" but did not then vote for him.

On 9 May 2016, Khan resigned as an MP by his appointment to the ancient office of Crown Steward and Bailiff of The Three Chiltern Hundreds , a customary practice in the UK. This triggered a by-election in Tooting to be held in June 2016.

He is regularly named among the Top 100 London
London
politicians in the London
London
Evening Standard 's annual poll of the 1,000 most influential Londoners and is an Ambassador for Mosaic Network , an initiative set up by Prince Charles .

MAYOR OF LONDON

2016 CANDIDACY

Main article: London
London
mayoral election, 2016 "An affordable and secure home to rent or buy, more jobs with higher wages for the lowest paid, making it easier to set up and run a successful business, reducing the cost of commuting, and making London's environment safer, healthier and less polluted." Khan's priorities as Mayor.

After Labour's defeat at the 2015 general election, Khan resigned from the Shadow Cabinet. He then announced himself as a candidate to be the Labour nominee for the London
London
Mayoral elections of 2016: his rivals in this were Diane Abbott
Diane Abbott
, Christian Wolmar
Christian Wolmar
, Gareth Thomas , David Lammy , and Tessa Jowell . Jowell, who had been an MP for 23 years and had led London's successful nomination to host the 2012 Olympic Games , was widely regarded as the favourite to win by bookmakers and opinion polls. Khan soon gained the support of prominent figures in the party, including former Mayor of London
Mayor of London
Ken Livingstone , who was on Labour's leftist, socialist wing, and Oona King , who was on its centrist, Blairite wing. He also received the backing of the Labour-affiliated GMB and Unite unions, and the nomination of 44 of Labour's 73 parliamentary constituent parties in London, leaving him as one of the top two contenders alongside Jowell.

A YouGov poll for LBC suggested that while Jowell would defeat Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith in a Mayoral election, Khan would not. In hustings, Khan placed an emphasis on his working-class origins, which would play against Jowell's wealthier upbringing, and argued for the need for change in London, thereby insinuating that Jowell would represent too much continuity with the outgoing Johnson administration. In September 2015, Khan was announced as the winning nominee. He gained 48,152 votes (58.9%) against Jowell's 35,573 (41.1%). He was the favourite candidate in all three voting categories; Labour Party members, members of affiliated trade unions and organisations, and registered supporters who had paid £3 in order to vote. Khan's main rival was Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith; Khan described him as a spoiled dilettante who "never finishes anything he starts".

Khan vowed that if elected, he would freeze public transport fares in London
London
for four years. He claimed that this would deprive Transport for London
London
(TfL) of £452 million, but TfL stated that it would deprive them of £1.9 billion, taking into account projected population growth over this period. Although he had previously backed Heathrow expansion, he now opposed it, instead calling for expansion at Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport
; he was likely aware that supporting the former was a vote loser in London. Aware of the severe housing shortage in London, he also spoke of clamping down on foreign property investors, and proposed the establishment of both a " London
London
living rent" tenure and a not-for-profit lettings agency that could undercut commercial operators in order to ease the high cost of renting in the city. He also called for house building on land owned by TfL, insisting that at least 50% of those constructed should be "genuinely affordable".

The YouGov poll had revealed that 31% of Londoners stated that they would not be "comfortable" with a Muslim
Muslim
mayor. Aware that many voters were suspicious regarding the loyalties of British Muslims to the British state, Khan emphasised his commitment to liberal social values. As part of this, he declared his opposition to homophobia , and said that he would have "zero tolerance for anti-Semitism". He openly condemned Islamic extremism and called on the Muslim
Muslim
community to take a leading role in combating it, although at the same time acknowledged the Islamophobia
Islamophobia
that many British Muslims faced. He also distanced himself from Corbyn, rebuking Labour's socialist leader for his links to armed anti-Israel groups, and criticising him for not singing the national anthem at an event commemorating the Battle of Britain . Concerned that Corbyn's socialist platform was alienating many of London's businesses, Khan declared that he would be "the most pro-business mayor ever", and met with groups like the Federation of Small Businesses and City of London
London
Corporation . He also ensured that his campaign was run entirely separate from Corbyn. Map of Greater London
London
boroughs that produced a majority for Khan (red) and Goldsmith (blue) in the 2016 mayoral election

Conversely, Goldsmith's Conservative campaign—which was orchestrated by Lynton Crosby 's company —emphasised connections between Khan and Corbyn. Both the Conservative campaign and several Conservative-aligned newspapers sought to tar Khan as an apologist for, or even sympathiser with, Islamic extremism. Goldsmith's campaign material referred to Khan as "radical and divisive", while comments on the Conservatives' Facebook
Facebook
campaign material often displayed anti- Muslim
Muslim
sentiment. Labour accused Goldsmith's campaign of using rhetoric that was a "dog-whistle" to Islamophobia, while the Conservatives responded that it was "utterly predictable that Labour label their opponents as racists", citing the fact that during the 2008 mayoral campaign, the party had also accused Johnson of employing racist rhetoric. Goldsmith claimed that his references to Khan's "radical" views referred to connections with Corbyn rather than to any connection with Islamic extremism, adding that Khan was playing "the race card ".

He is London's first ethnic minority mayor. Various press sources noted that Khan's election made him the first actively affiliated Muslim
Muslim
to become mayor of a major Western capital. International press sources often focused on his religious identity, with many right-wing American media outlets reacting with horror at his election. The far right party Britain First
Britain First
issued a press statement declaring Khan a Muslim
Muslim
"occupier" engaged in entryism and threatened to target where he "lives, works and prays" with direct action protest.

Khan was officially sworn in as Mayor in a multi-faith ceremony held in Southwark Cathedral the following day. His first act as mayor was his appearance at a Holocaust
Holocaust
memorial ceremony in a rugby stadium in North London, although due to delays with the results of the election, he only officially took office on 9 May. In his first major interview upon being elected, he emphasised the need for Labour to do more to win-over those who did not normally vote for the party, a statement seen as a criticism of Corbyn's leadership.

MAYORALTY

In the buildup to the referendum on the UK\'s continuing membership of the European Union
European Union
(EU), Khan was a vocal supporter of the 'Remain' camp. He agreed to attend a Britain Stronger in Europe campaign event with the Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron
David Cameron
to demonstrate cross-party support for remaining within the EU, for which he was criticised by Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell , who claimed that sharing a platform with the Conservatives "discredits us". After the murder of MP Jo Cox
Jo Cox
during the campaign, Khan called for the country to "pause and reflect" on the manner in which the Leave and Remain camps had been approaching the debate, stating that it had been marred by a "climate of hatred, of poison, of negativity, of cynicism". Following the success of the 'Leave' vote, Khan insisted that all EU citizens living in London
London
were welcome in the city and that he was grateful for the contribution that they made to it. He endorsed the Metropolitan Police's 'We Stand Together' campaign to combat the rise in racial abuse following the referendum, and later backed the ' London
London
is Open' campaign to encourage businesses, artists, and performers to continue coming to the city despite Brexit. Khan at Pride in London
London
, June 2016

While fasting for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan
Ramadan
in 2016, Khan declared that he would use the period as an opportunity to help "break down the mystique and suspicion" surrounding Islam in Britain and help to "get out there and build bridges" between communities, organising iftars to be held at synagogues, churches, and mosques. He then appeared at a Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
celebration of Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr
, endorsing religious freedom and lambasting "criminals who do bad things and use the name of Islam to justify what they do". Following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting , Khan attended a vigil in Old Compton Street , Soho
Soho
, and insisted that he would "will do everything in power to ensure that LGBT Londoners feel safe in every part of our city"; later that month he marched in the LGBT Pride London
London
parade.

In August 2016, Khan declared his support for Owen Smith 's bid to oust Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn
as Labour Party leader. Although describing him as a "principled Labour man", Khan said that Corbyn had failed to gain popularity with the electorate and that Labour would not win a general election under Corbyn's leadership.

Transport And Housing Policies

On transport, Khan immediately announced the introduction of a "Hopper" bus ticket which would allow a passenger to take two bus journeys within an hour for the price of one; it was intended to benefit those on low incomes most. In June, Khan announced that his electoral pledge to prevent transport fare rises would only apply to "single fares" and pay as you go fares, and not daily, monthly, weekly, or yearly railcards; he was widely criticised for this, including by the Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon
Caroline Pidgeon
, who accused him of having broken his promise. In June 2016 he ordered TfL to ban any advertising on its network that was deemed to engage in body shaming and the demeaning of women. In July he urged the government to allow TfL to take control of the failing Southern rail service, and in August launched the 24-hour Underground service on Fridays and Saturdays, an idea initially proposed by Johnson two years previously.

In his first weeks as Mayor, Khan criticised foreign investors for treating homes in London
London
as "gold bricks for investment", instead urging them to invest in the construction of "affordable homes" for Londoners through a new agency, Homes for Londoners, which would be funded by both public and private money. However, in contrast to a pre-election statement, he revealed that he no longer supported rent freezes in the city. Insisting that he would "oppose building on the Green Belt, which is now even more important than when it was created", Khan vetoed the construction of a football stadium and two blocks of flats on Green Belt land in Chislehurst
Chislehurst
, after the plan had already been supported by Bromley Council
Bromley Council
.

Khan backed expansion of London
London
City Airport , removing the block on this instituted by Johnson's administration; environmentalist campaigners like Siân Berry stated that this was a breach of Khan's pledge to be London's "greenest ever" mayor. Opposing expansion at Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport
, he urged Prime Minister Theresa May
Theresa May
to instead support expansion at Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport
, stating that to do so would bring "substantial economic benefits" to London.

Khan launched a "No Nights Sleeping Rough" taskforce to tackle youth homelessness in London
London
in October 2016.

POLITICAL VIEWS

Writing for The Spectator
The Spectator
, the political commentator Nick Cohen described Khan as a centre-left social democrat, while the journalist Amol Rajan termed him "a torch-bearer for the social democratic wing" of the Labour Party. The BBC describe Khan as being located on the party's soft left . Conversely, in an article for Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
, the Marxist commentator Richard Seymour described Khan as a centrist , while Matt Wrack, the General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union
Fire Brigades Union
, characterised Khan as belonging to "that part of the Labour Party that was in government under Blair and Brown".

The journalist Dave Hill described Khan as a social liberal , and Khan has self-described as a "proud feminist".

Khan received death threats from extremists after voting in favour of the same-sex marriage equality bill . He was also threatened by the far-right group Britain First
Britain First
, which in 2016 threatened to take "direct action " against Khan where he "lives, works and prays" as part of an anti- Muslim
Muslim
campaign.

RECEPTION

In January 2013 and 2015, Khan was nominated for the Politician of the Year Award at the British Muslim
Muslim
Awards . He later won the award in February 2016. Not all British Muslims have however supported him; some of the supporters of Lutfur Rahman —whom Khan opposed—claimed that Khan was part of an Islamophobic Labour establishment.

PERSONAL LIFE

Khan is a practising Muslim
Muslim
, who observes the fast during Ramadan , and regularly attends Al-Muzzammil Mosque in Tooting. Writing in The Guardian
The Guardian
, the journalist Dave Hill described Khan as "a moderate, socially liberal Muslim". He has expressed the view that "too often the people who are 'representing' the Islamic faith aren't representative, they're angry men with beards. And that is not what Islam is about."

Khan married Saadiya Ahmed, a fellow solicitor, in 1994 and has two daughters, Anisah (born 1999) and Ammarah (born 2001). He has raised both daughters in the Islamic faith.

Khan served as chairman of the socialist Fabian Society
Fabian Society
, remaining on its Executive Committee. In 2009, he won the Jenny Jeger Award (Best Fabian Pamphlet) for his writing "Fairness not Favours: How to re-connect with British Muslims".

Hill stated that Khan was "savvy, streetwise and not averse to a scrap". Hill described Khan as having a "joshing, livewire off-stage personality" which differed from the formal image he often projected while onstage. Khan used to perform stand-up comedy before running for Mayor, including a ten-minute money-raising Stand Up for Labour routine. Comedian Arthur Smith stated that Khan could become a "good club-level comedian one day". During the 2016 Mayoral campaign, Goldsmith referred to Khan as "a caricature machine politician... the sort of politician who justified peoples' mistrust in politics", as evidence citing Khan's U-turn on supporting Heathrow expansion. Another rival in the 2016 Mayoral campaign, George Galloway
George Galloway
of the Respect Party
Respect Party
, referred to Khan as a "flip-flop merchant" and a "product of the Blairite machine".

SEE ALSO

* London
London
mayoral election, 2016 * List of British Pakistanis

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