Sadiq Khan claims Boris Johnson 'has been paid to say racist things'

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attend a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London, Britain December 2, 2019.  REUTERS/Toby Melville
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, claims Boris Johnson had been "paid to be racist" (REUTERS)

Sadiq Khan claims Boris Johnson has been paid to say “far more racist and Islamophobic things” than anything said by Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Khan was taking part in a phone-in on LBC Radio on Thursday lunchtime, where he answered questions from the general public.

The Mayor of London was taking questions during a live phone in on LBC Radio (LBC)

He told one caller: “The party has not responded to serious concerns of antisemitism the way the Labour party should have done.

“I think the Labour party has fallen woefully short and we should apologise, not to the Jewish community, but everybody for the way out party has failed to get a grip with this problem.”

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn take part in a vigil at Guildhall Yard in London, Monday Dec. 2, 2019, to remember the London attack victims and honor members of the emergency services and bystanders who fought the attacker. London Bridge reopened to cars and pedestrians Monday, three days after a man previously convicted of terrorism offenses stabbed two people to death and injured three others before being shot dead by police. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn take part in a vigil at Guildhall Yard in London, Monday Dec. 2, 2019, to remember the London attack victims (AP)

Continuing, Mr Khan said: “Jeremy Corbyn has spent his entire life being an anti-racist campaigner, whether it’s apartheid in South Africa or racism in this country - and that does include anti-semitism.”

Mr Khan then took aim at the Prime Minister - who he claims was on record saying far more racist and Islamophobic things than the Labour leader.

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Mr Khan said: “I can point to things on the record that the alternative candidate, Boris Johnson, has said about people of colour and of different faiths, on the record. Overtly, proudly... been paid for it.

“You point to examples where Jeremy Corbyn has said things on the record, in articles, in speeches, for a cheap joke, about people of different colour and faith.

“If you’re having a scales, Boris Johnson has said far and done far more outrageous - and in my view - racist things than Jeremy Corbyn.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. As NATO leaders meet and show that the world's biggest security alliance is adapting to modern threats, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is refusing to concede that the future of the 29-member alliance is under a cloud. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Mr Khan said The Prime Minister was a "terrible leader" (AP)

“Do I think he is a good leader? Hand on heart, yeah. And I will be campaigning tonight and over the course of the next seven days to get as many Labour MPs to return to Parliament.

“Because the choice is a Government that backs Brexit, that loves austerity and a Government that will give the public a final say on Brexit and will end austerity once and for all.”

The Mayor also answered questions on issues such as Uber’s London licence ban, accusations of antisemitism within the Labour Party, the London Bridge terror attack and the leadership debate in the run up to the December 12 General Election.

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