Muslim Council of Britain congratulates new London mayor

London, May 7, IRNA - The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) congratulated Sadiq Khan as the new Muslim Mayor of London.

According to, the MCB Secretary General Shuja Shafi in a statement issued on Friday congratulated Sadiq Khan as the new Muslim Mayor of London.

“I congratulate Sadiq Khan for his victory. His ready wit and resilience is an inspiring model for young people particularly from minority backgrounds aiming for a career in the tough world of politics,' Shafi said.

“London is a great cosmopolitan city much loved and admired for its multicultural and multifaith diversity. The election of a Muslim-heritage mayor will serve to renew bonds of cooperation between London’s communities and City Hall. This includes establishing a more constructive relationship with the Police so that we can keep our communities safe and secure. It also means working together to tackle social deprivation, developing further our cultural capital and making our sprawling metropolis greener,' the statement added.

“Above all, we look forward to the new Mayor of London becoming a figure of unity for all Londoners and help to forge fresh new bonds between communities. Sadiq has demonstrated remarkable dignity in the face of hatred and suspicion about his religious background. Muslims and non-Muslims, including prominent Conservatives, have rightly spoken out against the divisive campaign pursued by the Conservative Party. This is not a party political comment. We know that many Muslims would have voted for Mr Khan’s chief opponent, Mr Zac Goldsmith who know him to be a decent and honorable man who used to actively engage with the Muslim community,” he added.

“For the real extremists we are all opposed to, such tactics will only provide fresh new examples of a society not willing to accept Muslims for who they are. We urge the Conservative Party to reflect and learn from this disreputable period of campaigning so that we can all draw a line and move on,” he said.