With friends like this, is Sadiq Khan fit to run London? Labour MP’s dealings with Islamic extremists raise doubts over his suitability as London’s next mayor
Troubling stories about Sadiq Khan’s dealings with Islamic extremists, including convicted terrorist Yasser al-Siri (right, with hate preacher Abu Qatada), raise concerns over his suitability as London’s next mayor
- Labour MP Sadiq Khan is hot favourite to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London
- After a funeral a few months ago, he stopped to speak to convicted terrorist Babar Ahmad
- Ahmad has been blamed for inspiring a generation of extremists, including gang behind July 7 bombings
- Recent stories about his dealings with Islamic extremists have raised doubts about his suitability as mayor
- He once shared a platform with Yasser al-Siri, a convicted terrorist and associate of hate preacher Abu Qatada
All eyes were on the coffin as the pallbearers made their way to the hearse. The old lady had been popular, and Balham Mosque was thronging with mourners paying their last respects.
Helping to carry the casket on its final journey was Sadiq Khan, the local Labour MP and now hot favourite to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London, one of the most powerful and influential jobs in the country. With the funeral formalities out of the way, Khan switched effortlessly back into professional politician mode, working his way through the crowd in South London.
One figure whose hand he stopped to shake stood out: convicted terrorist Babar Ahmad, a man who has been blamed for inspiring a generation of extremists, including the gang behind the London bombings of July 7, 2005. The pair exchanged brief pleasantries before Khan moved on.
A few months ago, around the time of his nomination as Labour’s mayoral candidate, Khan (pictured) was seen talking to another convicted terrorist, Babar Ahmad