Sadiq Khan attacks 'desperate' Zac Goldsmith tactics

Posted On: 
12th April 2016

Sadiq Khan has hit out at the “bleak and desperate” tactics of his rival Zac Goldsmith in the campaign to be next Mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan says the Conservatives are 'devoid of ideas' for London
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The Labour candidate said the attacks on him personally showed the Conservatives were “devoid of ideas” on policies for the capital.

Mr Goldsmith's description of his rival as “radical and divisive” has been seen by some as a way to draw attention to his Muslim faith.

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Defence Secretary Michael Fallon claimed the Tooting MP was “unfit” to be Mayor because he “speaks alongside extremists”.

And Boris Johnson yesterday wrote: “In Islam and the Labour party there is a struggle going on, and in both cases Khan – whatever his real views – is pandering to the extremists.”

The Tory campaign has also been accused of racial stereotyping for targeting British Indian households with messages about the threat of Mr Khan’s policies to their family jewellery.

Mr Khan has today hit out at the tenor of Conservative messages.

He said: “I’ve tried to engage Zac Goldsmith in a battle of ideas. I have talked about the issues Londoners care about – the housing crisis, the soaring cost of transport, the cuts to neighbourhood policing – and what the Mayor can do to fix them.

"But instead he has run a negative campaign focused on attacking me personally. Zac Goldsmith’s bleak and desperate campaign is typical of the chaos that has engulfed the Tories in recent weeks.”

Meanwhile, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told City AM Labour’s transport proposals do not add up to a “credible plan”.

He said: “There’s a very clear choice on transport at this election. It’s a choice between a network that’s able to grow, or a network that’s starved of investment.”