Sadiq Aman Khan (born 8 October 1970) is a British politician serving as Solicitor General since 2005. He has also served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Inner West London since 2005. A member of the SDP Khan is a support of the party's traditionalist tendency
Born in Tooting, South London, to a working-class British Pakistani family, Khan earned a law degree from the University of North London. He worked as a solicitor specialising in human rights issues and served as a public defender. In 1998 Khan was stripped from the bar and blacklisted by the Department of Justice for supporting seditious elements. This was overturned in 2005. Khan chaired the London branch of the Democratic Lawyers Association (DLA) for seven years, a pressure group of anti-Junta legal officials. After the fall of the Junta in 2005 Khan joined the SDP and was elected MP for Inner West London. He was supportive of Prime Minister Alan Johnson and appointed Solicitor General in the First Johnson Cabinet.
After the 2007 wiretapping scandal, Home Secretary Charlie Falconer appointed Khan to head up an inquiry investigating the powers of the Security Services. Khan came under heavy criticism for this inquiry. His office was bugged and his emails were leaked at several points. At the end of the inquiry, Khan recommended the Security Services be broken up and Director-General Richard Dearlove resign
Khan has been included in the Time 100 list of most influential people in Britain. Khan has been praised for making Britain's justice system more accessible and for defending human rights. But, he has been criticised for the rise of gun crime in Britain and his response.