Khan exclusively told The Irish Post: “As someone who was born and bred in London I know just how much we owe the Irish community for the role they’ve played in making London great.”
“Whether it’s the contribution of Irish teachers, nurses and doctors in our schools and hospitals, or the role of Irish entrepreneurs and businesses, we cannot underestimate the difference they make to our city,” said Khan.
He continued: “Like many Irish people, my parents came to London to make a better life for themselves. My dad was a bus driver and my mum used to sew clothes to bring in extra money. We didn’t have much, but they were able to save up to buy a house for our family.”
Scroll down to see the full list of candidates for Mayor of London…
The other front runner is Conservative Party candidate, Zac Goldsmith.
Respect MP George Galloway (at odds of 80/1) is also in the running. In 2014, Galloway told The Irish Post that he would support Northern Ireland’s exit from the UK as he believes in “united countries.”
On Thursday, May 5, the Irish in London will go to the polls to elect a new Mayor of London to replace Boris Johnson and 25 London Assembly Members.
The day after polling day, the counting of votes will begin.
This electronic process will take place in three count centres across London: Alexandra Palace, Excel, and Olympia.
The full list of candidates with hyperlinks to their mini-manifestos is listed below:
- BERRY, Sian Rebecca – Green Party
- FURNESS, David – British National Party
- GALLOWAY, George – Respect (George Galloway)
- GOLDING, Paul – Britain First – Putting British people first
- GOLDSMITH, Zac – The Conservative Party Candidate
- HARRIS, Lee Eli – Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol
- KHAN, Sadiq Aman – Labour Party
- LOVE, Ankit – One Love Party
- PIDGEON, Caroline Valerie – London Liberal Democrats
- WALKER, Sophie – Women’s Equality Party
- WHITTLE, Peter Robin – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
- ZYLINSKI, Prince – Independent*