Andrew Boff on Newsnight: Zac Goldsmith's mayoral campaign has burnt bridges for Tories

Posted On: 
5th May 2016

Speaking to Newsnight, Andrew Boff, the leader of the Conservatives in the Greater London Authority, launched a scathing attack on Zac Goldsmith’s campaign for the Mayoralty, saying it had “blown up” links with Muslim communities. 

“I think it was mostly good but I was really troubled by one particular aspect of it and that’s when he started to equate people of conservative religious views with sympathising with terrorism. That sent a message out to many of the communities in London that’s very difficult to justify...

“I don’t think it’s dog-whistle because you can’t hear a dog-whistle; everyone could hear this. It was effectively saying that people of conservative religious views are not to be trusted and you shouldn’t share a platform with them. That’s outrageous. They seem to forget – 2014 was not a great year for the Conservative party in London – one of the few boroughs that swung to us was in Newham where the Conservatives there a...