(P1) In London, people elected the new mayor, who is a son of a London bus driver and the former human rights lawyer. His name is Sadiq Khan and he is the first Muslim mayor of London. With a 13.6% margin, he was the popular winner.
(P2) When Khan began to give his first speech as mayor, another mayoral candidate turned his back on him. He probably wanted to protest against Khan because he is a Muslim. That candidate’s own CV includes past membership to the neo-Nazi-linked National Front.
(P3) However, that candidate only received 1% of the vote so we can say that London turned its back on him first.
VOCABULARY: elected, former, lawyer, margin, mayoral, membership, neo-Nazi
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Tell me your opinion about London electing its first Muslim mayor.
- Why do you think another mayoral candidate turned his back on Sadiq Khan during his speech?
- Does your city have a mayor or another elected official?
- Would you like to be a mayor someday? Why or why not?
EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:
What do the following expressions or phrases mean?
- Popular winner (P1)
- CV (P2)
- Neo-Nazi-linked (P2)
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