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Hypocrisy of Labour’s leaflets in Bethnal Green and Bow

Issue No. 1949

Labour candidate Oona King has been accused of “dividing the community” in Bethnal Green & Bow after her campaign distributed two different leaflets to different areas — one of which removed any reference to Muslims.

A leaflet destined for areas with large numbers of Muslims read, “Oona voted to protect Muslims from hate crime” and contained a statement from the candidate saying, “I had made a promise to Iraqi Muslims.”

In a second leaflet, distributed in other parts of the constituency, these phrases had changed to, “Oona voted to make incitement to religious hatred a crime” and “I had made a promise to Iraqis.”

Photographs showing Bengali faces on the first leaflet were also replaced on the second.

John Rees, national secretary of Respect, said, “Oona keeps on complaining about people dividing the community, but here she is saying one thing to Muslims and another thing to everyone else. Respect says the same to every voter.”

George Galloway, Respect’s candidate in the election, added, “Oona King should stop complaining about other people’s campaigns and get a grip on the hypocrisy and double standards in her own material.”

King’s double standards echo those of Tory candidate for Woking, Humfrey Malins, who produced different material for Muslims and non-Muslims.

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Sat 30 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1949
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