Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Aman Khan SPk HonFRIBA (/səˈdk ˈkɑːn/; born 8 October 1970) is a British politician serving as Mayor of London since 2016. He was previously Member of Parliament (MP) for Tooting from 2005 until 2016. A member of the Labour Party, Khan is on the party's soft left and has been ideologically characterised as a social democrat.

Sadiq Khan
Khan in 2020
Mayor of London
Assumed office
9 May 2016
DeputyJoanne McCartney
Preceded byBoris Johnson
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Shadow Lord Chancellor
In office
8 October 2010  11 May 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byJack Straw
Succeeded byThe Lord Falconer of Thoroton
Shadow Minister for London
In office
16 January 2013  11 May 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byTessa Jowell
Succeeded byVacant
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
In office
12 May 2010  8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Ed Miliband
Preceded byTheresa Villiers
Succeeded byMaria Eagle
Ministerial offices
Minister of State for Transport
In office
9 June 2009  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byThe Lord Adonis
Succeeded byTheresa Villiers
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
5 October 2008  9 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byParmjit Dhanda
Succeeded byShahid Malik
Member of Parliament
for Tooting
In office
5 May 2005  9 May 2016
Preceded byTom Cox
Succeeded byRosena Allin-Khan
Personal details
Sadiq Aman Khan

(1970-10-08) 8 October 1970 (age 52)
Tooting, London, England
Political partyLabour
Saadiya Ahmed
(m. 1994)
Alma materUniversity of North London
University of Law
AwardsSitara-e-Imtiaz (2018)
WebsiteOfficial website

Born in Tooting, South London, to a British Pakistani family, Khan earned a law degree from the University of North London. He subsequently worked as a solicitor specialising in human rights issues and chaired the Liberty advocacy group for three years. Joining the Labour Party, Khan was a councillor for the London Borough of Wandsworth from 1994 to 2006 before being elected MP for Tooting at the 2005 general election. He was openly critical of several policies of Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq and new anti-terror legislation. Under Blair's successor Gordon Brown, Khan was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in 2008, later becoming Minister of State for Transport. A key ally of the next 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.

Khan was elected Mayor of London at the 2016 mayoral election, defeating the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith, and resigned as an MP. As Mayor, he implemented the Hopper fare for unlimited bus and tram journeys for an hour, increased the cost and the area covered by the London congestion charge, and introduced new charges (the ULEZ and the T-Charge) for older and more polluting vehicles driving in the city. He also backed expansion at London City Airport and Gatwick Airport. He was a vocal supporter of the unsuccessful Britain Stronger in Europe and People's Vote campaigns for the UK to remain in the European Union, and attracted international attention for his Twitter arguments with United States President Donald Trump. Khan established the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm following the 2020 George Floyd protests. Although Khan initially froze some Transport for London (TfL) fares, he has implemented transport fare rises since 2021 in return for a £1.6 billion bailout from the UK Government during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also lobbied the government to introduce public health restrictions on several occasions throughout the pandemic. He was re-elected as Mayor in May 2021.

He was included in the 2018 Time 100 list of most influential people in the world.[1] Although Khan has been praised for making London's transport more accessible and reducing the number of polluting vehicles in central London,[2][3] he has also been criticised for his plans to use the ULEZ camera network as a means to implement a pay-as-you-drive road user charging scheme.[4]

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