Boris associates Khan with anti-Semitism allegations

5 May 2016, Blog

Outgoing London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has attempted to link Sadiq Khan to allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. 

The row over the problem of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party broke out last week when it emerged that Naz Shah MP suggested on social media that Israel be relocated to North America.

The situation escalated when Ken Livingstone claimed Hitler supported Zionism before he “went mad and ended up killing six million Jews,” whilst defending Shah. Both politicians have been suspended from the Labour Party.

Despite calling Ken’s comments “inexcusable” and being the first high-profile Labour figure to call for his suspension, Khan was accused by Boris of having an “ideological continuum” with the former mayor. During his LBC Radio interview last Thursday (28 April), Boris cast aspersions over the sincerity of Khan’s rejection of Ken’s comments by highlighting that the mayoral candidate “had previously called upon Ken Livingstone’s services as an adviser…”

The comments came a week before the mayoral election and followed criticisms that the Conservative mayoral campaign was “racist” and sought to draw attention to Khan’s Muslim faith. Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith has previously said that Khan and the Labour leadership have “repeatedly legitimised those with extremist views.”

Conversely, Khan used his final speech before the election to implore the electorate to overlook the negativity in the mayoral race, asking voters “to choose hope over fear.”

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