The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has claimed he never wanted to become a ‘culture war poster boy’.
Reflection on his five years in office, he said: “I realise that because of who I am – my identity and my religion, my ethnicity and what I stand for – many see me as a poster boy for a culture war.”
“Neither Boris Johnson nor Ken Livingstone had the global profile around the world, or the love or hate I experienced,
“I’m not interested in a culture war or any wars. That’s not the job I applied for. That’s not what I stood for.” Mr Khan said.
Sadiq Khan has come under major fire after various Twitter spats with the 45th President of the USA Donald J Trump, speaking on this, he claimed the election of Mr Trump and Brexit had “normalised a sense of hatred that I’ve not seen in my lifetime”, adding: “That brought into the mainstream a whole bunch of stuff that was on the periphery for decades.”
“I think Londoners expect their mayor to be the champion of their city.”
“And that means sometimes taking on the prime minister and, in my view, having to take on the president of the USA,” Mr Khan said.
Speaking in regards to the upcoming election Khan said: “The prize I’m looking at is to get enough Londoners to lend me their vote again so I can be mayor for a second term.
“Labour hasn’t won a second term since 2001. We tend to not win second elections.”
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