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Why is this highly ambitious man, one of the most powerful Muslims in Europe, so reluctant to take on his co-religionists?  During and after his election last year, the Mayor was quick to claim that he had been the victim of a Tory smear campaign. His defeated rival Zac Goldsmith came close to apologising for ever suggesting that Khan had not only represented terrorists in court, but shared platforms with them.

Yet that charge was hardly trumped up. Khan was the chief legal adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain, an Islamist organisation closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. He has been closely associated with groups such as Cage, which notoriously defended Mohammed Emwazi, known as “Jihadi John”, and other terrorists. It is true that he has now distanced himself from such organisations and now claims to support moderate Muslims, but he used to call them “Uncle Toms” in the days when he appeared on the Iranian-backed Press TV and the extremist Islam Channel. As Mayor, he has failed to speak out strongly against the extremist Salafist preachers who promote anti-Semitism and homophobia, oppression of women and contempt for infidels. Khan’s record on Muslim integration does not bear comparison with that of, say, his fellow lawyer Nazir Afzal, the former CPS chief prosecutor for North-West England, who has campaigned against forced marriage, honour killings and female genital mutilation, while leading the prosecution of grooming gangs in Rochdale.

Sadiq Khan has been sensitive to the public need for a mayor who looks and sounds like 21st-century London. Most Londoners identify with this energetic, diminutive son of a bus driver, and they take criticism of him from abroad as an insult to their city. But it is clear that the segregated Muslim communities in suburbs like Barking are breeding grounds for Islamist terror. A Muslim Mayor not only has the authority to open up these closed societies — he has a duty to use it. Sadiq Khan should not be underrated as a politician, but his moral leadership is greatly overrated.
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