All Tory London Mayor candidate Susan Hall’s worst moments and gaffes

With solely a month to go till polling day, the race to turn into Mayor of London is hotting up.

Labour’s Sadiq Khan, who’s hoping to win a 3rd time period in City Hall, will tackle 12 candidates, together with Conservative Party candidate Susan Hall. Mr Khan is surging forward within the polls, with a latest Savanta survey giving him a 24-point lead over his Tory rival.

But the Tories are turning their hearth energy on Mr Khan, as one among Labour’s most senior elected politicians in an election 12 months. Tory marketing campaign chiefs have been lately pressured to delete a controversial video that used scenes of a panicked crowd at Penn station in New York to criticise Mr Khan’s document on crime in London.

Ms Hall, a former Harrow Council chief, distanced herself from the video. But she’s hit the headlines in latest months together with her personal gaffes and divisive views. Here are a few of them.

Former Harrow Council leader Susan Hall is taking on Sadiq Khan in the race to be London Mayor

Former Harrow Council chief Susan Hall is taking up Sadiq Khan within the race to be London Mayor

‘Weaponising’ misplaced purse as pickpocketing

Susan Hall confronted criticism for claiming she was pickpocketed on the London Underground – regardless of it showing she had merely misplaced her pockets.

During an assault on Mr Khan over crime charges in London, she informed LBC she suspected it had been stolen and mentioned she was “very, very lucky” it was returned to her. Good Samaritan Ajiz Andani later informed the Standard he had discovered it with £40 money nonetheless inside, lodged between seats on the Jubilee line. LBC presenter Nick Ferrari accused her of getting “weaponised” the incident.

Endorsing Enoch Powell and Islamophobic tropes

In September, Ms Hall was accused of endorsing tweets about Enoch Powell and Islamophobic tropes about Sadiq Khan.

Hope Not Hate compiled a checklist exposing her engagement with hateful content material on Twitter and urged the then-Conservative Party chairman Greg Hands to droop her whereas it was investigated.

This included endorsing a 2019 tweet by Katie Hopkins, calling present Labour mayor Mr Khan “our nipple height mayor of Londonistan”. The time period “Londonistan” is considered as Islamophobic as it’s used to convey the concept Muslims are taking on the Capital.

She additionally preferred a 2020 tweet with a picture of infamous racist Mr Powell saying: “It’s never too late to get London Back!”

Ms Hall shrugged off criticism, telling LBC she did not bear in mind liking both publish. She mentioned “I can’t remember doing that… If you’re a serial tweeter, you tend to go through liking all sorts of things… If anybody is offended, then obviously, I would apologise.”

Asked why she was shock that some individuals have been offended, she replied: “Some people are and some people aren’t. Those that are offended, I didn’t intend to cause any offence at all.”

Promoting ‘stolen’ US election conspiracy idea

The Tory mayoral candidate admitted that she as soon as pushed the parable that the 2020 US election was stolen from Donald Trump. Confronted by LBC over her outdated tweets, she mentioned: “No, I think you’re referring to an old tweet”.

Told she did make that time, she mentioned: “Yeah however I… that was on the very starting of one thing.” She then claimed she liked tweets that she didn’t always agree with.

Claiming Jews fear Sadiq Khan

Ms Hall was criticised for claiming Jewish people in London feared Sadiq Khan

Ms Hall was criticised for claiming Jewish individuals in London feared Sadiq Khan
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Ms Hall got here underneath intense criticism for suggesting that Jewish persons are afraid of Mr Khan. Addressing a Tory Conference occasion final 12 months, she mentioned: “I live in North London and I know the wealth and joy of the (Jewish) community,” she said. “But I tell you something else, I know how frightened some of the community is because of the divisive attitudes of Sadiq Khan.”

The Board of Deputies of British Jews hit out at the comments, saying the incumbent London Mayor has treated the community with “friendship and respect”. And Labour frontbencher Wes Streeting asked: “Will decent Conservatives ever call this out?”

Declaring herself Labour Mayor

Ms Hall put her foot in it when she proudly declared she would be the first “female Labour mayor” of London on the Conservative Party Conference in October.

In a speech talking up her chances of defeating Mr Khan, Ms Hall said: “In 213 days’ time, (Mr Khan) can do whatever he likes, because I will be sitting at my desk in City Hall as your first female Labour – not, not Labour, never Labour – your first, female, London mayor.”

Denying institutional racism exists in Met

Ms Hall was criticised after denying institutional racism exists in the Metropolitan Police. Responding to a tweet by veteran Black MP Diane Abbott, Ms Hall said “there is not institutional racism in the Met” and accused her of “trying to cause division”. It came in the summer of 2020 as Black Lives Matter protests swept across the world in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. She also endorsed a comment saying those with concerns about stop and search have “something to hide”.

Labour MP Dawn Butler said it showed she was “completely unfit to be Mayor”. Ms Butler added: “Not solely is she outright denying the existence of institutional racism within the Met – a proven fact that has since been confirmed by Baroness Casey’s assessment – however she referred to as out a Black lady for elevating the difficulty, accusing her of making an attempt to trigger division.”