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London Elects a Muslim Mayor Who Defended 9/11 Terrorists


Slightly edited version of an article originally published under the title “London Is About to Elect a Muslim Mayor Who Has Defended Islamists, 9/11 Terrorists, and Who Is Endorsed by Anti-Semites.”

Sadiq Khan narrowly won London’s mayoral election on Thursday.

Londoners went to the polls on Thursday to choose a replacement for the outgoing mayor, Boris Johnson MP. Despite the fact the Labour Party is currently mired in an anti-Semitism scandal, the victory of its candidate, Sadiq Khan MP, was confirmed on Friday.

Mr. Khan, 45, has had a successful career in the Labour Party, being elected to parliament in 2005 and becoming a minister of state in 2008, with a promotion in 2009. He was a shadow secretary of state for justice from 2010-15 and has been running for London Mayor since then.

A Muslim Mayor?

Polling suggests some people are nervous about having someone like Mr. Khan near an office that wields so much power, responsibility, and cash.

The crimes of former Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman and others have left many voters distrustful of Muslim politicians.

Private conversations with Westminster insiders often see Lutfur Rahman – the former mayor of Tower Hamlets – raised as another example of a prominent Muslim mayor. Mr. Rahman was removed from office amid accusations of playing sectarian politics with the area’s Muslim population, backing Islamists, and distributing tax payer cash to his favoured Muslim groups to secure their support.

Mr. Rahman was found guilty of “corrupt and illegal practices” – and has perhaps set back the plight of the few integrated British Muslims in elected life. He – alongside politicians like Humza Yousaf, Sayeeda Warsi, Rushanara Ali, Shabana Mahmood, Yasmin Qureshi, Amjad Bashir, Naz Shah, and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh – have created a deep distrust between


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