London Mayor Hopeful, Sadiq Khan, Suspends Aide over Offensive Tweets

London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan’s office has confirmed to have recently suspended an aide, i.e. parliamentary assistant to the former minister Shueb Salar, over a series of offensive messages posted on social media. It was pointed out that Mr Salar posted a string of messages on Twitter containing abusive language about women and homosexuals.

According to a spokeswoman for the mayoral hopeful, Mr Khan believes these are “serious issues” so Mr Salar had been suspended from Mr Khan’s parliamentary office pending an investigation. Investigating Mr Salar’s twitter page led to tweets from May 2012, when Mr Salar said “currently hating on all you faggots who have finished uni” adding “lucky c****”. Also later, he tweet in June 2012 that “f*** all you hoes” while a message from April 2012 suggested that the way to “treat a lady” was to “buy her a nice iron and extend the kitchen for her”.

Although, Mr Salar joined Mr Khan’s Westminster office in November 2014, i.e. after the offensive messages had been put on social media, Cabinet minister Chris Grayling singled out Mr Khan’s judgment in employing someone who had published the comments. In his remarks, Commons Leader revealed that “these comments have absolutely no place in modern society,” adding that “they raise serious questions about the judgement of Sadiq Khan who chose to employ this man despite his views being public, on a Twitter account followed by Khan himself.”

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