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Sadiq Khan lashes out at Tories for selectively editing clip of him misspeaking during TV interview

Sadiq Khan has responded after the Conservative Party shared on social media a selectively edited clip of him misspeaking during a TV interview.

Sadiq Khan has responded after the Conservative Party shared on social media a selectively edited clip of him misspeaking during a TV interview.

The clip was taken from footage of the mayor speaking with Sky News on Thursday, in which he said Labour is “proud to be both anti-racist but also antisemitic”, before correcting himself to add “beg your pardon, tackling antisemitism”.

The video posted by the Conservatives’ social media accounts stops his words before he makes the correction. The clip is captioned: “Sadiq Khan says the quiet part out loud.”

Asked whether the party should delete the clip, Mr Khan told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “It’s for the Conservatives to stay in the gutter. I’m not going to do that.

“This issue is too important. There are too many Londoners and those across the country of Jewish background, of Jewish faith, Jewish heritage, who are on the receiving end of antisemitism.

“Since I’ve been mayor, I’ve been an ally of the Jewish community. We’ve got to tackle antisemitism – it’s really important that we don’t use this as a political football.

“It’s for the Conservatives to explain what they’re doing.”

Tory mayoral candidate Susan Hall, who will attempt to unseat Mr Khan in May’s City Hall election, said earlier on Thursday: “We all slip up in interviews. I would know! Let’s judge Sadiq on his policies, not his gaffes.”

The row comes soon after the mayor warned that fake audio clips of him purportedly criticising Remembrance weekend events, and encouraging pro-Palestinian marches, had nearly caused “serious disorder” in the capital.

It also comes on the day that new figures from the Community Security Trust (CST) showed a surge in antisemitic incidents last year, especially since the war in Gaza started.

JCORE, a Jewish group campaigning on race and asylum, also condemned the Tory message. Its executive director Rabbi David Mason said: “A day when @CST_UK figures were released showing a massive rise in real AS (antisemitism) affecting the Jewish community, & you use a clear misspeaking to turn our community and antisemitism into a political football.

“The @MayorofLondon has looked to bring people together. Stop sowing division.”

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