Theresa May has been forced to admit she was wrong about Sadiq Khan

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Thursday 12 May 2016 14:20
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Do you remember when home secretary Theresa May said at the Conservative Spring Forum that to vote for Sadiq Khan was to put London "at risk?"

This is not a judgement: London needs in a mayor at a time when we face significant threat from terrorism and that’s why, on 5th May, Londoners have an important choice between a mayor with a plan and the ability to deliver or one who would put London’s success at risk.

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At the Home Affairs committee earlier this week Labour MP for Streatham, Chuka Umunna, compelled May to take back her words that formed part of a wider distasteful campaign from the Conservatives:

Umunna:

Is London safe in light of the change of the personality of the Mayor of London?

May:

Well, the mayor has been elected and the safety of London is something that I will be discussing with the mayor… of course it's something…

Umunna:

Home Secretary, please answer the question, yes or no?

Picture:Oli Scarff/Getty, annual Labour Party Conference

May:

The safety of London is ensured by the work that is done by Metropolitan Police and by our security and intelligence agencies and that has not changed.

Umunna:

So you were wrong to suggest therefore that we would be unsafe in light of a change in personality of the mayor?

May:

I think it is entirely right within the campaign to have raised concerns about some of the relationships that had been shown by one of the candidates for the London mayoralty.

Umunna:

It was wrong and it was shambolic and I’m disappointed you put your name to that article, Home Secretary.

The full video of the exchange is below:

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