A senior London Conservative has been suspended from the party for allegedly claiming Sadiq Khan would treat white people “like dirt” as Mayor, the Standard can reveal.
In a statement the party confirmed that David Dean, a Merton councillor who stood as the area’s official Tory candidate in the London Assembly elections this month, is facing an investigation.
It follows a complaint from a Putney resident that Mr Dean told him that if Mr Khan was elected, “as a white man … you will be a pariah in your own town. He will treat you like dirt”.
Another resident made a recording of the conversation, which took place a week before the election when Mr Dean came canvassing for support for himself and for Zac Goldsmith’s mayoral bid.
Speaking at his £850,000 home in Merton, Mr Dean said he was not racist and that “banter” had been taken out of context. He told the Standard: “I’m not a racist… have you met my wife? She’s from Cyprus.”
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