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Shaun Bailey: Conservative candidate for Islamophobia, sexism and misogyny.

Remember Shaun Bailey? He’s the Conservative London Mayoral candidate who branded the incumbent, Sadiq Khan, as “Mad Mullah Kahn (sic) of Londonistan” and said single girls in inner cities “deliberately become pregnant” in order to secure homes and benefits from the government, so his record of racism and sexism is firmly established already.

Now he is being accused of the “worst kind of casual sexism and misogyny” after Labour unearthed a 2007 interview in which he praised the discipline shown by teachers in earlier times because they “were men, then”.

He also used the interview to argue that handing out contraception at schools encouraged teenage pregnancy and complain that young girls can have abortions without parental consent. So he’s another man who thinks men should be able to dictate to women what they do with their bodies.

Some might criticise Labour’s tactics in unearthing comments made many years ago and throwing them back at the person who made them. But then, what have the right-wing media been doing with Jeremy Corbyn since 2015? Salt for the goose.

And Mr Bailey seems strangely unrepentant. In a public meeting in Croydon last year, he said, “There are things I regret saying… But it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.”

The latest revelation was bound to attract censure. Rosena Allin-Khan tweeted: “The level of sexism, casual xenophobia and misogyny from Shaun Bailey is Trumpesque. It’s not something we expect from someone wanting to be the Mayor of London.”

“Trumpesque” is the word. Who can forget the moment on Donald Trump’s first day as US President, when – surrounded by men – he signed an executive order forbidding the spending of federal money on international groups that perform, or provide information on, abortions?

The Conservative government has already earned justified criticism for its austerity measures that have overwhelmingly attacked women more than men.

It seems if Mr Bailey were to become London Mayor, that city would see a huge increase in such unreasonable misogynstic hatred.

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