Sadiq Khan MP

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Sadiq Khan has been the Labour MP for Tooting, South West London, since 2005 and became the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice in October 2010. In 2009 Sadiq became the first Asian and first Muslim to ever attend Cabinet when he was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport. He was also only the second Muslim Privy Counsellor – the first one being Syed Ameer Ali exactly a century before. He was named as one of the Times Law 100 most influential judges and lawyers of 2012. Sadiq studied Law at the University of North London (later becoming a visiting lecturer there). He completed his Law Society finals at the College of Law in Guildford before then training as a human rights solicitor and went on to become a founding partner of one of the country’s leading human rights firms, Christian Khan (with Louise Christian). He practised as a solicitor for 11 years and was listed by Chambers and Partners as one of the country’s leading lawyers in human rights and police law. He was also chair of the civil liberties pressure group Liberty for three years. Following his election as an MP, Sadiq won Newcomer of the Year in The Spectator magazine’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards; was runner-up for Channel 4’s Rising Star award; and was awarded the Muslim News Award for Excellence in 2009. In May 2011 he announced the members of the Labour Party’s Justice Policy Working Group – one of whom was Matthew Ryder QC - and launched a website for consultation on Labour’s justice policy.

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