The new mayor of London Sadiq Khan will give the keynote address at November’s prestigious black-tie event
Sadiq Khan, London’s new mayor, will be the lead guest speaker at this year’s IoD Annual Dinner. Having pledged to become “the most pro-business mayor London has ever had” and to turn the capital into the “world’s first living wage city”, Khan’s appearance promises to be highly relevant to business leaders.
It’s also expected the showpiece event will be less combative than Khan’s last visit to the IoD – a mayoral debate in April which saw him make headlines after crossing swords with rival Zac Goldsmith.
Since May, when he became the first Muslim mayor of a major western capital, Khan has promised to ease the city’s high living costs, lower public transport fares and argued that the pro-Remain capital “needs a seat” at the Brexit negotiating table.
Born in Tooting, south London, and raised on a local housing estate, Khan is the son of a British-Pakistani
bus driver and seamstress. Before entering the House of Commons, he enjoyed a successful career as a human rights lawyer, which saw him win compensation for professionals who had experienced racial discrimination and become partner of his own law firm as a 27-year-old. He also chaired human rights group Liberty for three years.
Khan’s political career has been no less meteoric. Having been elected as MP for Tooting in 2005, the following decade saw Khan occupy positions such as transport minister, shadow justice secretary and shadow lord chancellor. Along the way, he challenged the government over ID cards, helped promote London’s Crossrail project and urged fellow MPs to refuse their £1,000 pay rise to restore public trust in politicians.
The Annual Dinner is a highlight of the IoD’s social calendar with the black-tie event previously attracting speakers such as former prime minister Sir John Major, William Hague and easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall. As well as listening to Khan, members and their guests will be entertained by impressionist Jon Culshaw, enjoy a champagne reception and have the opportunity to network with more than 500 business leaders from a diverse range of industries.
The IoD Annual Dinner takes place on 30 November at the Lancaster London Hotel. Tickets cost from £190 for members and £228 for non-members (prices exclude VAT). To book your tickets click here
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