Sadiq Khan slammed over statue review by Ben Habib
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The Brexit Party leader warned Sir Keir he has a “major battle to fight with” the Mayor of London. Mr Farage then argued the Labour leader he must “rein in” Mr Khan as he risks damaging the party and “alienating the patriotic North”.
Mr Farage’s comments come as the London mayor kickstarted a review of London statues with the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm lats year.
He wrote: “Sir Keir Starmer must rein Khan in, and he must do so very quickly for two reasons.
“From his own point of view, if he doesn’t, a steady stream of toxic publicity will emanate from this commission which will swamp the Labour Party, further alienating the patriotic North.
“The wider point, though, is that the people who pay Khan’s wages never asked for this Orwellian monster to be created and they do not want it.”
In his latest column in the Telegraph, he then warned Sir Keir he must “act in the public interest” or face another loss in the next general election by “an even bigger margin than Jeremy Corbyn” in 2019.
His comments come after Mr Khan announced he is setting up a Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm.
This new Commission comes following the Black Lives Matters protests and calls for the removal of various statues and monuments dedicated to historic slave traders.
Mr Farage argued the aim of the group is to “remove statues” and change “street names” in wake of the protests.
He said: “This month, he [Sadiq] unveiled the members of this sinister-sounding enterprise.
“Its aim is clear: to remove statues, change street names and alter the imagery of London so that it can reflect the ‘diverse’ city as it is now.
“Khan believes that it is for him, as a here-today-gone-tomorrow local politician, to eradicate London’s Victorian history if it comes to it.”
The Brexit Party leader went on to say some members of the commission will cause Sir Keir and the Labour Party “embarrassment”.
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A panel of 15 people has been brought in to improve the capital’s diversity.
Despite criticism, the commission claimed it has not been created to preside over the removal of statues.
Panellist and 27-year-old art historian Aindrea Emelife said: “It’s not just about taking down statues, it’s about creating new commissions that will inspire generations.
“And that is what I’m most excited about.”
The group also includes actor Riz Ahmed and social activist Toyin Agbetu who interrupted a service for the Queen in 2017.
During the service, to mark the 200th anniversary of abolishing the slave trade, Mr Agbetu called on the Queen to apologise.
Mr Farage lashed out at Mr Agbetu in his comment piece and said many would “consider him a hard left extremist”.
He wrote: “He [Mr Agbetu] is described as a social rights activist, but many would consider him a hard left extremist: in 2007 he heckled the Queen during a service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, and then threatened to punch a security guard when restrained.
“Does he know anything about the role played by the Royal Navy over decades in stamping out slavery? I am not convinced he does.”
Of the new commission, a spokesperson for the Mayor of London previously told Express.co.uk how Mr Khan is “doing everything in his power to tackle violent crime” across the capital.
They said: “He has been clear that means being tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, which is why it’s vital that community groups are properly funded – they are in the best position to intervene at a critical moment in a young person’s life and understand the importance of listening to and working with those affected by violence.
“Funding from the Mayor’s Violence Reduction Unit is helping respected grassroots projects across the capital deliver long-term solutions that tackle the underlying causes of violent crime and give young people the positive spaces, role models and opportunities they deserve.”
Express.co.uk has approached Sir Keir Starmer and Sadiq Khan separately for a comment.
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