Throughout his election campaign, Sadiq Khan had a simple mantra: London made me.
The city’s new mayor appealed to voters as a true child of Britain’s diverse and dynamic capital. Like many Londoners, he’s the son of immigrants, born to parents who came to Britain from Pakistan. Like more than 1 million of the city’s 8.6 million residents, he’s Muslim. And on Friday the 45-year-old Labour Party politician became the first person of Islamic faith to lead Europe’s largest city.
Khan won despite a concerted, and controversial, campaign by Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith to taint him with ties to Islamic extremists, claiming Khan had shared a platform with a radical London imam.
Khan, a former human rights lawyer, accused Goldsmith of trying to divide Londoners, and pointed out that he’d often shared platforms with people he disagreed with. His team unearthed photos of the imam meeting Goldsmith, too.
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