'Grotesque' views of Tory mayor hopeful attacked

By Greg Heffer, political reporter
The Conservative candidate for London mayor has been attacked for "grotesque" comments he made 13 years ago.
Shaun Bailey, who addressed the Tory conference in Birmingham on Wednesday morning, has suffered a backlash after a booklet he wrote in 2005 emerged online.
He has been accused of being "opposed to multiculturalism" - and a leading anti-Islamophobia organisation has vowed to raise its concerns with Mr Bailey personally.In the document, titled "No man's land: How Britain's inner city young are being failed", Mr Bailey appears to suggest that celebrating Muslim and Hindu festivals "robs Britain of its community" and risks turning the country into a "crime riddled cesspool".He also seems to claim that the black community has found it easier to integrate into British society because they are Christian and speak English.

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Mr Bailey wrote: "You bring your children to school and they learn far more about Diwali than Christmas."I speak to the people who are from Brent and they've been having Muslim and Hindi [sic] days off."What it does is rob Britain of its community. Without our community we slip into a crime riddled cesspool."He added: "Within the black community it is not such a bad thing because we've shared a religion and in many cases a language."It's far easier for black people to integrate. How we arrived here is different."If you talk to old black people, they will say they have been invited here by the Queen."They absolutely do not consider themselves refugees or immigrants."
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Mr Bailey has served as a London Assembly member since 2016 and was last week chosen as the Tory candidate to take on Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan at the 2020 mayoral election in the capital.Responding to the pamphlet authored by Mr Bailey, the Hope Not Hate campaign said: "These views, expressed by the Tory candidate for mayor of London, are grotesque.
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