Sadiq Khan today ruled himself out of being Britain’s first muslim Prime Minister, insisting he had no ambitions to move to Downing Street.
The London mayor has been tipped as a future Labour leader ever since he won the race for City Hall in 2016.
His winning margin over Tory Zac Goldsmith makes him the politician with the largest personal mandate in the country.
Mr Khan has been feted by political leaders during a six day visit to India and Pakistan.
Speaking to ITV News in the Pakistani capital Islamabad he said he had no ambition to be Prime Minister.
I never had ambitions in the first place and I’ve got no ambitions now. I love being the Mayor. Why give up a job I love to do a job I don’t want. I’m absolutely ruling myself out. Forever. ‘ SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON
Diplomatic sources in Islamabad said the mayor’s rise from humble beginnings make him ‘huge’ in Pakistan. He was granted a personal meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi.