London Elects Sadiq Khan As First Muslim Mayor

Sadiq Khan has become the first Muslim mayor of London. He defeated Tory Zac Goldsmith by 1,310,143 votes to 994,614 on Saturday.

Khan is the son of a bus driver of British Pakistani family. Born as Sadiq Aman Khan on 8 October 1970, he is a British Labour Party politician. He graduated in law from University of North London and had earlier worked as a solicitor specialising in human rights. From 1994 to 2006 he served as a councillor in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Khan is elected to replace Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson. His party performed strongly in the capital and with the victory the eight years of Conservative control of City Hall comes to an end.

In his victory speech Khan said he never imagined could become mayor of London and now he promises to be a mayor for all Londoners as people has chosen hope over fear amid controversy and it is evident politics of fear is not welcome in the city.

Khan also accused Goldsmith for trying to scare and divide voters in a city that follows multiculture and more than 1 million of the 8.6 million population are Muslim.

During the election campaigns Goldsmith called Khan divisive and had also accused him of sharing platforms with Islamic extremists.

Khan said, “Fear does not make us safer – it only makes us weaker… politics of fear is simply not welcome in our city.”

Goldsmith is the middle son of billionaire businessman and financier Sir James Goldsmith. He was editor of The Ecologist magazine. He was born on 20 January 1975.