Sadiq Khan sworn in as London's first Muslim mayor

Sadiq Khan sworn in as London's first Muslim mayor
Sadiq Khan was sworn in as London mayor Saturday after being elected the primary Muslim chief of a significant Western capital, because the Conservatives defended makes an attempt to hyperlink him to extremism throughout the marketing campaign.

The opposition Labour lawmaker, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, broke from conference by taking his oath of workplace in a multi-faith ceremony at Southwark Cathedral.

“My identify is Sadiq Khan and I’m the mayor of London,” the 45-year-old stated to cheers from supporters, who had earlier given him a standing ovation as he walked in.

He added: “I’m decided to steer essentially the most clear, engaged and accessible administration London has ever seen, and to symbolize each single group, and each single a part of our metropolis, as mayor for all Londoners.”

Khan gained 57 p.c of the vote in Thursday’s mayoral election, securing 1.three million votes to see off multimillionaire Conservative Zac Goldsmith and make historical past as town’s first Muslim mayor.

In his victory speech within the early hours of Saturday morning, Khan had referenced the damaging marketing campaign towards him by saying London had chosen “unity over division”.

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron had led the assaults towards Khan for sharing platforms with radical Muslims at public occasions, and Goldsmith stated he was “radical and divisive”.

There was criticism from throughout the political spectrum on Saturday on the tone of the Tory marketing campaign, however Defence Secretary Michael Fallon insisted it was professional.

“Each candidates have been requested questions on their backgrounds, their personalities, their judgment, the individuals they affiliate with,” he advised BBC radio.

“That’s the character of our democracy and the rough-and-tumble of politics.”

Information of the win was applauded in Pakistan, with Bilawal Bhutto, chief of the opposition Pakistan Individuals’s Celebration and son of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and rival opposition chief Imran Khan tweeting congratulations.

New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated he was seeking to working along with his “fellow affordable-housing advocate” whereas Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted that Khan’s “humanity (and) progressivism will profit Londoners”.

Former Conservative authorities minister Sayeeda Warsi additionally supplied her congratulations “from this daughter of a Pakistani bus driver to the son of a Pakistani bus driver”, and condemned her get together’s marketing campaign.

“Our appalling dog-whistle marketing campaign misplaced us the election, our fame and credibility on problems with race and faith,” she stated.

Khan admitted representing some “fairly unsavoury characters” throughout his earlier job as a human rights lawyer however stated their views have been “abhorrent” and condemned the Conservatives’ “determined” assaults.

Goldsmith’s sister Jemima stated the tone of her brother’s marketing campaign “didn’t replicate who I do know him to be”.

Cameron’s former adviser, Steve Hilton, stated Goldsmith had introduced again the “nasty get together label”.

Within the viewers at Southwark Cathedral was Doreen Lawrence, an anti-racism campaigner whose teenage son Stephen was killed by a gang of white youths.

“I by no means imagined in my lifetime I may have a mayor of London from an ethnic minority,” she stated.

Khan has damaged the eight-year maintain of the Conservatives on Metropolis Corridor, succeeding the charismatic Boris Johnson in a prestigious publish that has duty for transport, housing, policing and selling financial improvement.

His success was a lift for Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran socialist who has been battling a row over anti-Semitism and rising criticism from the average wing of his get together since his election in September.

However Labour fared much less nicely in different regional elections on Thursday.

The get together was crushed into third place in Scotland, as soon as a Labour stronghold, because the Conservatives grew to become the official opposition to the Scottish Nationwide Celebration (SNP), which gained a 3rd time period in workplace.

Labour maintained management of the Welsh meeting and misplaced solely a handful of native council seats in England.

However critics warned it ought to have carried out higher towards a authorities that has misplaced help over welfare reforms and is deeply divided forward of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU on June 23.

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