Britain’s Liberal Democrats have dropped Geeta Sidhu-Robb as one of their candidates for London mayor and suspended her from the party after a video emerged of her making anti-semitic remarks during the 1997 general election.
The lawyer and businesswoman, who has roots in Punjab, was the Conservative candidate in Blackburn, Lancashire in the 1997 election.
Her opponent was senior Labour leader Jack Straw.Footage from that election campaign, revealed by PoliticsHome website, shows Sidhu-Robb saying she planned to inform voters about Straw’s faith, adding, “how is a Muslim going to vote for someone who is Jewish?”
She is then seen going around in a car in Blackburn, appealing to voters on a loudspeaker in Urdu.Don’t vote for a Jew, Jack Straw is a Jew,” she is seen as saying about her rival candidate, who held various cabinet positions in the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown governments, including as foreign secretary.
Straw is a Christian but has some Jewish ancestry.
The Blackburn constituency has a large Muslim minority, around 25% of the population.The London mayoral election was due in May but has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.