Labour MP Sadiq Khan visits Ilford on Mayor of London campaign trail

PUBLISHED: 16:52 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:52 15 July 2015

Sadiq Khan, one of Labour's mayoral candidate hopefuls, joins Ilford Islamic Centre for an inter-faith Iftar

Sadiq Khan, one of Labour's mayoral candidate hopefuls, joins Ilford Islamic Centre for an inter-faith Iftar


One of Labour’s mayoral contenders was invited to an inter-faith event aimed at bringing the community together.

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, attended an iftar at Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, Ilford, on Friday night.

The MP – who is one of six from the the party vying to be Labour’s chosen candidate for the next Mayor of London – told the Recorder: “I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the inter-faith iftar at the Ilford Islamic Centre in Redbridge on Friday night.

“Building bridges and promoting awareness and understanding between London’s many different faiths is vitally important if we are to create strong, cohesive communities which don’t just tolerate but value and respect one other.

“In a city as diverse as ours these events are a great way to bring people together from a wide range of backgrounds and they afford a unique opportunity to establish a dialogue about our shared values and aspirations.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along and participated in discussions during the evening.

“The warmth, openness and goodwill I experienced on the night was another reminder of why I’m proud to be a Londoner.”

Cllr Khayer Chowdhury added: “It was fantastic having Sadiq Khan join us in Redbridge for an Interfaith Iftar in this holy month of Ramadhan.

“Councillors, residents, and neighbours from a diverse range of backgrounds came together to break fast.

“Redbridge is one of the most diverse boroughs in the UK and we are proud of it for being such a welcoming and open place to everybody who wants to live and work here.”

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