Muslim Strong Favorite to Win London Mayor Race
LONDON (Reuters) - Sadiq Khan, a Muslim lawmaker from Britain's opposition Labour Party, is the strong favourite to win London's mayoral election on Thursday after a bitter contest marked by religious tensions and accusations of racism.
Polls show Khan, the son of a bus driver, is as much as 20 percentage points ahead of rival Conservative Zac Goldsmith in the race to run one of the world's top financial centres.
If he wins, he will succeed current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson to become the first Muslim to head a major western capital. London's population of 8.6 million is among the most cosmopolitan in the world and it is rare for identity politics to enter British campaigning.
Yet Goldsmith, with the support of Prime Minister David Cameron, has for weeks focussed on Khan's faith and past appearances alongside radical Muslim speakers, accusing him of giving "platform, oxygen and cover" to extremists.Is it true? Is Khan in league with "Extremists"?
EXCLUSIVE: Sadiq Khan, Labour candidate for London mayor, made a speech while the 'black flag of jihad' was flying and gave his support to groups linked to extremism
The MP for Tooting spoke at a London Islamic conference where flags 'associated with militant jihadism' were waved in the audience
The event was organised by a Muslim TV station which was censured by Ofcom for describing women who wear perfume as 'prostitutes'
The station has also advocated marital rape,
Ofcom says Khan has also supported two other groups linked to Islamic extremism
His brother-in-law also 'preached against non-Muslims at an extremist rally in Trafalgar Square'