Originally published in The Sunday Times.
SADIQ KHAN faced fresh accusations of associating with extremists last night after it emerged that he repeatedly shared a platform with a preacher who, on the night of the Paris massacres, joined a campaign for an Islamic state.
Labour’s candidate for London mayor spoke alongside Suliman Gani on at least nine occasions between 2004 and 2013, even though Gani has called women “subservient” to men and condemned homosexuality, gay marriage, and even organ transplants.
Davis Lewin, deputy director of the Henry Jackson Society, an anti-extremism think tank, said: “Gani has campaigned on behalf of convicted terrorists, appeared at events designed to undermine government counter-radicalisation strategies, including sharing platforms with a pro-terrorist organisation such as Cage, and is said to hold repugnant views about women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans community.
“Given that the UK, and London in particular, is a major target for Islamist- inspired terrorist attacks, it is intolerable to see any politician, much less one seeking such a vitally important office as mayor of London, associate with an individual such as this.
“Mr Khan’s reportedly repeatedly sharing a platform with this man, whose views are widely available, is deeply alarming.”