Extremist: Zac Goldsmith ran a hate campaign against his London mayoral opponent, Sadiq Khan. This Times cartoon nails it.

Extremist: Zac Goldsmith ran a hate campaign against his London mayoral opponent, Sadiq Khan. This Times cartoon nails it.

I disagree with Clive Lewis, Jonathan Reynolds and Lisa Nandy. Labour should put up a candidate against Zac Goldsmith precisely because he ran such a nasty, racist London mayoral campaign.

Londoners need an opportunity to express their anger at Mr Goldsmith over what he did; Labour would be missing an opportunity to make a major gain in a Tory heartland by walking away.

Also, it would look like co-operation with Mr Goldsmith to give him back the Richmond Park seat.

Labour frontbenchers have called on the party not to put forward a candidate to run against Zac Goldsmith in the forthcoming Richmond Park byelection, to give the Liberal Democrats a clear path to try to snatch the seat.

Clive Lewis, the shadow business secretary, Jonathan Reynolds, the shadow City minister, and Lisa Nandy, a former shadow cabinet minister, said Labour should “put the national interest first” by doing what it could to reduce the Conservatives’ majority.

They also said Goldsmith had run “a nasty, racially divisive campaign” for mayor of London against Labour’s Sadiq Khan. “If there is any chance of kicking Goldsmith out of parliament, the vote against him must not be split. That’s why we think Labour should consider not standing a candidate in this byelection,” the three MPs wrote in an article for Labour List.

Source: Labour frontbenchers urge party not to contest Richmond Park byelection | Politics | The Guardian

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