The first ever Muslim MP to be selected as a member of the British cabinet is Tooting (Borough of Wandsworth, South London) MP Sadiq Khan, a London Met University visiting professor and alumnus. Mr Khan was chosen Minister for Transport in the recent government reshuffle, making him the most senior Muslim politician in the UK and the first Muslim to join the Privy Council or attend Cabinet.
Mr Khan, whose father was a bus driver in Wandsworth, said he wanted to be an inspiration to all people from humble backgrounds: “This is the land of hope and glory. This is a country where the sky is the limit”.
Khan has written, lectured and appeared in the media on a range of issues and advised a number of the country’s major voluntary and community groups.
Before becoming MP for Tooting in 2005, Khan was Undersecretary of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government. Before that, he worked as a human rights lawyer and chairman of the human rights charity Liberty for three years.
Sadiq Khan graduated from (London Met) with an LLB Hons. degree and has also worked as a visiting lecturer at the University and a former governor of South Thames FE College.
For more information on Sadiq Khan, visit: http://www.sadiqkhan.org.uk/