Lawyer and Politician: Sadiq Khan Biography

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Sadiq Khan is a British politician who has been Mayor of London since May 2016. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tooting (London constituency) from 2005 to 2016. A member of the Labour Party, he is situated on the party's soft left and has been ideologically characterised as a social democrat.
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Sadiq was born in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, growing up on a council estate in Earlsfield. He attended local state schools Fircroft Primary School (where he is now a governor), Ernest Bevin Comprehensive School and Burntwood Girls Secondary School (for sixth form, where it’s mixed!). His father was a London Transport bus driver for more than 25 years.

He married in 1994 to a fellow solicitor in Wandsworth, who was also born and raised in South London. They have 2 daughters who both attend local state schools.

Sadiq was a Councillor for the Tooting ward in the London Borough of Wandsworth from 1994 to 2006 (and was Deputy Leader of the Labour Group for 5 years). He became the youngest councillor in London when first elected at the age of 23.

He was awarded the title of Honorary Alderman for the London Borough of Wandsworth in June 2006 for his long service.

In May 2005 General Election Sadiq was elected as Member of Parliament for Tooting. He was the first ever MP of Islamic faith ever elected in London.

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. A key ally of Labour leader Ed Miliband, he served in Miliband's Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor, and Shadow Minister for London.

In the May 2010 General Election, Sadiq was re-elected to represent Tooting having received 22,038 votes - getting over 4000 more votes than in the 2005 General Election - on a 68.6% turnout. This represented a rise in both his personal votes, and his share of the vote

Sadiq Khan Legal Career

Prior to becoming the MP for Tooting, Sadiq was a Human Rights solicitor and was a founding partner of one of the country's leading Human Rights firms. In his final year of practising law he was listed as one of the county's leading lawyers in two separate categories of law in the Chambers and Partners directory 2004-05 (Human Rights and Police law).

He has acted in a number of landmark cases in all major Courts (including the European Court of Human Rights, House of Lords, Court of Appeal), and Tribunals.

Sadiq has been a visiting lecturer at the University of North London and London Metropolitan University, and is a former governor of South Thames FE College.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

In the 2016 mayoral election, London has elected its first Muslim mayor, with Sadiq Khan delivering a resounding victory for Labour and ending eight years of Conservative rule at City Hall. After the results were announced , Mr Khan said: “This election has not been without controversy. I am so proud that London has chosen hope over fear and unity over division. I hope we will never be offered such a stark choice again.”