Sadiq Khan, new Mayor of London
Naz Bokhari’s legacy continues as his former student Sadiq Khan was elected as the new Mayor of London.
It was at school that he first began to gravitate towards politics, joining the Labour Party aged 15. He credits the school’s head, Naz Bokhari, who happened to be the first Muslim headteacher at a UK secondary school, with making him realise “skin colour or background wasn’t a barrier to making something with your life”.
It was at school that he joined the Labour party, eager to make a difference and persuaded by his headteacher Naz Bokhari that racism wasn’t always a barrier in getting ahead in Britain.
But he had started gravitating towards politics at the age of 15, influenced by the guidance of his school’s head Naz Bokhari, who made Khan realise “skin colour or background wasn’t a barrier to making something of your life,” Khan says
Mayor Sadiq Khan’s back story should be set in stone within the Handbook of Audacious Meritocracy. The son of a bus driver father and seamstress mother from Pakistan, he has six brothers and a sister. They were raised in a tiny, suburban, three-bedroom council house. Khan went to a tough state school and credits his principal, Naz Bokhari, with making him realise “skin colour or background wasn’t a barrier to making something of your life”.