Sadiq Khan elected Mayor of London; first Mulsim Mayor of Western capital.

Sadiq Khan elected Mayor of London; first Muslim Mayor of Western capital, by Conor Sullivan and Jim Pickard.

The son of a Pakistani bus driver and his seamstress wife, Mr Khan was one of eight children raised in public housing in south London. His Conservative rival, Zac Goldsmith, is an Eton-educated billionaire’s son who seemed drawn from the English ruling class of a previous era.

Mr Khan, a fast-talking affable politician with a facility for straddling ideological divides, takes the reins of a capital city where roughly one in eight residents identify as Muslims. …

[T]he London mayor, elected by voters only since 2000, has limited powers over police, transport and housing. …

[Khan] has also spoken of having multiple identities that coexist. “I am a Londoner, I am European, I am British, I am English, I am of Islamic faith, of Asian origin, of Pakistani heritage, a dad, a husband,” he said on the campaign trail. … He said he had received abuse and death threats from conservative and extremist Muslims after he voted in favour of gay marriage in parliament. …

[T]he proportion of Muslims in the UK, … is 4 per cent, or about 3m.