[Speaker for the House of Commons, John Bercow and former BBC ad ITV anchor man Martyn Lewis president Sadiq Khan with his Patchwork Foundation’s Labour MP of the Year and Overall MP of the Year at an inaugural and prestigious event]
By Elham Asaad Buaras
The Tooting MP won MP of the Year award at an event held in Parliament.
More than 30 Members of Parliament were nominated by their constituents for the inaugural Patchwork Foundation MP of the Year Awards which aims to recognise politicians who work to represent minorities.
Khan was presented with the award by Former BBC/ITV anchorman Martyn Lewis.
Khan said: “I was born in Tooting, went to school here and now I am raising my family here – I wouldn’t want to be MP anywhere else.”
“In Tooting we are blessed with an incredibly diverse and harmonious community and being a Muslim and the son of Pakistani migrants, it has always been my priority to work hard to make sure I engage with, and represent, all of the religious and ethnic groups in my constituency.”
Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, said: “I know how hard Sadiq works, not just in his own constituency of Tooting, but across the country to ensure that the views of all different communities are heard here in Westminster and he certainly deserves this award.”
Ann Douglas, a Tooting constituent who nominated Khan for the award said she was “delighted” her MP won having “seen firsthand the brilliant work Sadiq Khan has done supporting local residents – he led the campaign to improve the facilities at Earlsfield Station, challenged the massive overdevelopment at Springfield Hospital and joined parents to fight plans to close Windmill One O’clock Club.”