Lobbying target: Sadiq Khan, minister for community cohesion

The straight-talking Labour MP was a leading lawyer before entering the Commons

Rising star Khan is someone to watch
Rising star Khan is someone to watch

Ten-second biography

Khan spent 12 years as a Tooting councillor, before he was elected as MP for Tooting in 2005. He was made a junior whip in 2007. In 2008, Khan hit the headlines after it emerged he had been bugged while visiting a constituent in jail. He was promoted to his current role in the Department for Communities and Local Government in October 2008.

What is his background?

Born and bred in Tooting, south London, Kahn attended local primary schools and the local comprehensive before going on to become a leading human rights solicitor. After attending the College of Law in Guildford, he co-founded his own firm, Christian Khan, and went on to serve as chairman of human rights organisation Liberty for three years.

Where does he sit politically?

Khan is a patron of Progress, the independent organisation associated with the Blairite wing of the Labour Party. His voting record is mostly loyal, though he was one of a handful of new MPs to vote against Tony Blair’s plans to hold terrorism suspects for 90 days without trial.

Is he one to watch?

Yes. Khan may have been an MP for less than four years, but he has established himself as a rising star who is not afraid of ruffling a few feathers.

Something I may not have known

A keen cricketer, Khan had a trial with Surrey CCC as a 16-year-old.

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