Khan stands on the political center-left, and supported Labour policies including the legalization of gay marriage, a stance he said brought death threats.Before polling day, he urged Londoners to "choose hope over fear" and back him.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Throughout his election campaign, Sadiq Khan had a simple mantra: London made me.The city's new mayor appealed to voters as a true child of Britain's diverse and dynamic capital.Khan, a former human rights lawyer, accused Goldsmith of trying to divide Londoners, and pointed out that he'd often shared platforms with people he disagreed with.His team unearthed photos of the imam meeting Goldsmith, too.
Khan was born in London in 1970, one of eight children of a bus driver and a seamstress.
He grew up in a three-bedroom public-housing apartment in south London, sharing a bedroom with brothers until he was in his early 20s.
Like many Londoners, he's the son of immigrants, born to parents who came to Britain from Pakistan.
Like more than 1 million of the city's 8.6 million residents, he's Muslim.
And on Friday the 45-year-old Labour Party politician became the first person of Islamic faith to lead Europe's largest city.Khan won despite a concerted, and controversial, campaign by Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith to taint him with ties to Islamic extremists, claiming Khan had shared a platform with a radical London imam.