Sadiq Khan is first Mayoral candidate to sign Pride in London pledge

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan with a young flag bearer during the Pride In London parade on July 7, 2018 in London, England.

Labour MP Sadiq Khan has become the first candidate for Mayor of London to sign a Pride in London pledge on LGBT rights.

Mr Khan, who is one of the front-runners for his party’s nomination in 2016, became the first candidate for Mayor to sign an LGBT rights pledge championed by Pride in London.

The pledge includes commitments to tackle anti-LGBT hate crimes in the city, to lead a sexual health drive and push sex education within the LGBT community, to ensure the inclusion of same-sex relationship education in all London schools, and to establish LGBT+ education ambassadors.

Mr Khan, who is Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Minister for London, said: “I fully support Pride in London’s campaign to make London a world-leader in defending and advancing the rights of LGBT+ people.

“This city is already admired the globe over for being a beacon of inclusivity and tolerance, and as mayor I would work hard to strengthen that reputation and make the capital a welcoming home for all minority communities, irrespective of race, religion or sexual orientation.”

The pledge has so far been signed by:

Cllr David Boothroyd, Labour Councillor, Westminster
Lord Michael Cashman OBE, Labour Peer, Global LGBT Envoy
Cllr Paul Church, Conservative Councillor, Westminster
Cllr Robert Davis DL, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council
Cllr Dan Filson, Labour Councillor, Brent
Cllr JP Floru, Conservative Councillor, Westminster
Vicky Foxcroft MP, Labour, Lewisham Deptford
Cllr Jonathan Glanz, Conservative Councillor, Westminster
Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Labour, Tooting
Edward Lord OBE, Councilman, City of London
John McDonnell MP, Labour, Hayes & Harlington
Cllr Reema Patel, Labour Councillor, Barnet
Sir Keir Starmer MP, Labour, Holborn & St Pancras
Catherine West MP, Labour, Hornsey & Wood Green
Cllr Angela Wilkins, Labour Councillor, Bromley
Cllr Richard Williams, Labour Councillor, Bromley

Pride in London said: “We are calling on London politicians to support Pride in London and to engage with their local LGBT+ community groups so that together we can make the capital a leader in inclusivity, support and visibility for the LGBT+ community.

“We hope that all London’s political leaders will commit to making London the best LGBT+ city in the world; in this document we set out key areas for attention.”