Mayor of London
Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London in May 2016, winning the largest personal mandate in the history of British politics. Previously he represented the London constituency of Tooting in Parliament, serving as a government minister for Transport from 2008-2010, and as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice from 2010 onwards. Before becoming an MP, Sadiq had a successful career as a partner in a law firm, specialising in human rights. Following the referendum on EU membership, Sadiq launched the London Is Open campaign to send a message that despite the UK voting for Brexit, London would remain the same open, cosmopolitan and diverse city it has always been. One of his core priorities as Mayor is to make London a fairer city promoting policies such as the Good Work Standard, the London Living Wage, and the ‘Our Time’ initiative to support more women into leadership positions in the capital. He is also implementing a bold programme of policies to tackle toxic air pollution and climate change which include the introduction of the world-leading Ultra Low Emission Zone and declaring a climate emergency in London.
In response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on London’s businesses and the disproportionate impact on London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, Sadiq is now leading efforts to ensure London’s recovery is used to reimagine the city as a place with a better long-term future for all Londoners – one which is fairer, greener and more resilient than it was before. Sadiq co-chairs, alongside central Government, the London Transition Board, which looks at the immediate requirements for London in the move out of lockdown. He also heads up the London Recovery Board, which is a collection of London’s leaders from business, civil society, education, faith and the environmental sectors, that will coordinate action centred to meet the longer term social and economic consequences of the pandemic.