- Date of Birth:
- October 8, 1970
Sadiq Khan (born Sadiq Aman Khan on October 8, 1970 in Tooting, London, United Kingdom) is a British politician. Sadiq’s parents migrated from Pakistan to Britain shortly before he was born. He grew up in Earlsfield, an area in the Wandsworth borough of London. While studying science and math to become a dentist, a teacher suggested Sadiq become a lawyer because he liked to argue. Taking that advice, Sadiq switched his focus, entering the University of North London to study law. He gained his degree from the College of Law in Guildford. From 1994 to 1997, he worked as a trainee solicitor. Until 2005, he was a partner in the Christian Khan firm with Louise Christian. His focus was on human right cases, as he often challenged the police and instances of racial discrimination. In 2005, Sadiq entered politics, standing in the Parliamentary election for the Labour Party. He served in the House of Commons, working as the Minister of State for Communities and the Minister of State for Transport. In 2015, Sadiq declared himself a candidate for the mayor of London. He was elected on May 6, defeating Conservative Zac Goldsmith by earning 57% of the vote. With this victory, Sadiq became the first Muslim mayor of London.
Best Known For:
Sadiq Khan is best known as being a former British MP and the first Muslim mayor of London.
Sadiq married Saadiya Ahmed, a fellow lawyer, in 1994. They have two daughters together – Anishan, born in 1999, and Ammarah, born in 2001. In 2009, he won the Jenny Jeger Award for his writing, “Fairness Not Favours: How To Reconnect With British Muslims.” In 2016, he won the Politician Of The Year Award at the British Muslim Awards.