Well Played, Paddy

Criticism of Sadiq Khan over his links to Suliman Gani fell flat partly because Cameron and Fallon cocked up their attack lines, though the new mayor’s spin operation deserves credit too. Paddy Hennessy successfully convinced his mates in the Lobby that Gani was actually a Tory and not a Labour supporter – mainly on the basis of a selfie with a clueless Zac. The press quickly turned their fire on Zac over his key attack line apparently falling apart…

The truth, as the video above shows, is that Gani is an Islamo-Socialist Labour supporter who vocally backed Corbyn for the leadership. Gani occasionally opportunistically shared non-partisan platforms with some Tories and candidates too. Sadiq’s team impressively persuaded the Lobby that this was somehow equal to – or even worse than – Gani sharing platforms with Khan nine times and publicly endorsing the Labour leader. Meaning very difficult questions about Sadiq’s past associates were swerved. Paddy played the game very well…

Sadiq Khan New Mayor of London

It is now mathematically impossible for Zac to win so Sadiq Khan is the new Mayor of London. Which means…

Katie is a woman of her word…

Zac’s Best Bits

With 90% of the votes counted, Khan has a lead of 9 points. It’s been emotional…

Khan Ahead After Three Hours of Counting

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Counting has been underway for almost three hours and Sadiq has a lead of 12 points. The Greens are in third. A double digit defeat would be a humiliation for Zac…

Sadiq: “I’m Sorry” For Racial Slur Against Moderate Muslims

An unfortunate headline the day before the polls open…

Khan Called Moderate Muslims “Uncle Toms” on Iranian State TV

The Mail has a video of Sadiq Khan being interviewed on Press TV, the Iranian state television channel, in 2009 while he was a government minister. In the clip Khan describes moderate Muslim groups as “Uncle Toms”. On LBC at the weekend Khan said the phrase “Uncle Tom” is “racist”…

Khan Campaigned For Naz Shah, Defended Ken on Anti-Semitism

The anti-Semitism row engulfing Labour is particularly awkward for Sadiq Khan. He campaigned for Naz Shah last year:

And, more disturbingly, he defended Ken Livingstone over his anti-Semitic remarks to a Jewish reporter. Khan said at the time:

“Ken Livingstone has been elected to serve the city of London by millions of voters. Unelected officials should not be able to suspend a democratically elected Mayor unless he is guilty of a significant offence.”

Sadiq didn’t think calling a Jewish journalist a “concentration camp guard” was a “significant offence”…

Julia Hartley-Brewer v George Galloway

George Galloway, currently polling at zero percent in the London mayoral race, decided it would be a good idea to precede a TalkRadio interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer by tweeting:

“I have no wish to charm you. I despise you, and always have… malice runs through [your] veins. And drips out.”

Lovely.

Hours later Gorgeous George turned up at the studio, chummily greeting JHB with a friendly “hello” and attempting to shake her hand. Unsurprisingly Julia refused to take it, then gave Galloway an on air machine-gunning. Enjoy watching a defeated George slump out of the studio…

Cameron’s Brutal Attack on Khan

At PMQs Cameron listed the nine times Sadiq Khan has shared a platform with Suliman Gani, as reported on Guido. Corbyn shouted “disgraceful” and Labour MPs howled “racist“. As the PM says, the point is not that Khan once shared a stage with an extremist once by accident, he did it over and over again…[…]

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Khan Admits “Giving Impression” He Held Extreme Views

Sadiq was grilled by Brillo during last night’s BBC mayoral debate on his links to radical imam Suliman Gani, a well-known name to Guido readers. Khan insisted he did not regret appearing on a platform with Gani but confessed he gave the impression he subscribed to his extremist views:

Andrew Neil: “Suliman Gani, who’s a supporter of Islamic State.

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Diane: Sadiq is “Jeremy Corbyn’s Man”

Well done Diane Abbott for reading out the Zac campaign’s main attack line at a People’s Assembly rally this weekend:

“It’s important that in May we vote for Jeremy Corbyn’s man to be Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.”

The exact same phrase as can be found on Tory attack posters:

Slow clap.[…]

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Khan Declines Opportunity to Condemn Gani

Given the opportunity by HuffPo to condemn the views of Suliman Gani, who reckons women are “subservient” and condemns homosexuality, Sadiq Khan instead said this:

“You won’t be surprised to hear I don’t spend my life looking at what Guido Fawkes might be saying. 

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Gotcha: Khan Caught Fibbing About Extremist Imam

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You won’t get a clearer case of a mayoral candidate misleading voters than in this LBC interview. Asked about his links to the radical imam Suliman Gani, Sadiq Khan pretends he only shared a platform with Gani because he wasn’t aware the extremist was present.[…]

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Zac in the Back of Norman Smith’s Cab

You’ll never guess who Norman Smith had in the back of his cab this morning, only that Zac Goldsmith. Hit with a round of quick-fire questions on London, Zac knew his EastEnders but not his footy. It could have been a lot, lot worse[…]

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Sad-Disco Sausage Fest

Young Labour activists were promised some night fever on Friday evening as their mayoral candidate vowed to cut some shapes at a “Sadisqco” party at Bankside. Yet just eight people had turned up by the time Khan arrived. All of them blokes.[…]

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London Mayor Debates Schedule

City AM have beaten the Standard to the first head-to-head Khan v Goldsmith debate of the short campaign – they will be facing off on April 12 in a showdown chaired by editor Christian May, who readers will remember for giving the LTDA a schooling on Newsnight.[…]

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