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Indian-Origin London Mayor Candidate Dropped Over Anti-Semitism Remarks

Indian-Origin London Mayor Candidate Dropped Over Anti-Semitism Remarks

An Indian-origin entrepreneur-activist was dropped as a potential London mayoral candidate.

London:

An Indian-origin entrepreneur-activist was on Monday dropped as a potential London mayoral candidate to contest towards Sadiq Khan subsequent 12 months after her previous antisemitic feedback got here to mild.

Geeta Sidhu Robb, the founding father of natural meals and juice merchandise agency Nosh Detox, had been shortlisted because the Liberal Democrat candidate to tackle Labour’s Khan however was as an alternative suspended from the occasion after a 1997 General Election footage revealed her making anti-Jewish remarks.

“I apologise profusely for my actions in the 1997 General Election campaign. My behaviour caused offence and hurt and I am deeply sorry,” mentioned Sidhu Robb.

“There is no room for any form of racism or antisemitism in society and as such I very much regret my conduct at that time. It is in no way an excuse, but the context was that I was on the receiving end of a consistent racist campaign and, wrongly, retaliated as I did,” she mentioned.

As a Conservative Party General Election candidate in Blackburn 23 years in the past when she was contesting towards incumbent Labour MP Jack Straw, Sidhu Robb was filmed saying: “Don’t vote for a Jew, Jack Straw is a Jew.”

The London-based well being meals promoter, who got here second behind Straw in that election, mentioned she was “deeply ashamed” of the language she had used, which she is seen admitting within the footage was completed in anger.

“As shown in the footage, I instantly regretted my appalling behaviour, which I continue to do. And I am actively reaching out to the Jewish community to listen and learn,” she mentioned.

“Two wrongs never make a right. I made a mistake and I take responsibility for my abhorrent actions 23 years ago, they were never repeated. I urge you to judge me on who I am today, a campaigner committed to eradicating inequality and discrimination in all its forms,” she added, in a prolonged Twitter assertion.

The London mayoral election was attributable to be held in May this 12 months however has been postponed to May 2021 as a result of coronavirus lockdown disruption.

So far, incumbent Sadiq Khan is being challenged by Conservative Party candidate Shaun Bailey within the race. The Lib Dem selection has proved troublesome because the occasion”s earlier selection, Siobhan Benita, withdrew from the race saying she couldn’t decide to an additional 12 months of unpaid campaigning. The occasion is now again to looking for a potential candidate after Sidhu Robb’s suspension.

“Geeta Sidhu Robb has been suspended from the Liberal Democrats and will not be on the ballot paper to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for mayor of London. There is an investigation under way in accordance with due process,” a Lib Dem spokesperson mentioned.

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