Sadiq Aman Khan
Mayor of London
Sadiq Aman Khan (born 8 October 1970) is a British politician. Born in Tooting, South London, to a working-class British Pakistani family, Khan gained a law degree from the University of North London. Khan was born at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London to a working-class Sunni Muslim family of Pakistani immigrants. His grandparents migrated from Bombay Presidency, British India to Pakistan following the partition of India in 1947. His father Amanullah and mother Sehrun had arrived in 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.
Khan is a practising Muslim, who observes the fast during Ramadan, and regularly attends Al-Muzzammil Mosque in Tooting. Writing in 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.” Siddiq Khan married Saadiya Ahmed, a fellow solicitor, in 1994 and has two daughters.
He 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 Borough of 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. A key ally of former Labour leader Ed Miliband, he served in the Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor, and Shadow Minister for London.
Sadiq Aman Khan is a British politician. He is currently 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.