Khan to focus on community cohesion
A Muslim MP who controversially suggested Muslims should do more to integrate into British society has been put in charge of community cohesion.
Sadiq Khan, who has been given a junior ministerial role at Communities and Local Government, will lead on community cohesion, equality and local government.
The Tooting MP hit the headlines last month when he suggested in a Fabian Society report that British Muslims should learn English, allow women into mosques, and do more to ensure they fit in with wider society.
Mr Khan replaces Parmjit Dhanda, who has left the government. His appointment was announced earlier this week, and details of his responsibilities have now been confirmed by the department.
‘Ensuring community cohesion is a top priority for this government and I look forward to being part of that work,’ he said.
Mr Khan will work with new housing minister Margaret Beckett. She said her first priority will be ‘to help overcome the challenges in the housing market caused by the current global turbulence’.
She added that delivering affordable homes and supporting vulnerable households also remain priorities for the government.