Officials working for Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, have been found promoting the Black Lives Matter movement in their emails, according to an investigation by HOAR.
Pushing "ideology over delivery"
It has been alleged that politically restricted staff within the Mayor's office are using the Black Lives Matter slogan in their email signatures, leading to accusations that Sadiq Khan is prioritizing ideology over delivering effective governance.
The email signatures state: "The GLA stands against racism. Black Lives Matter."
Political neutrality questioned
Tory Mayoral candidate Susan Hall has criticized the politicization of City Hall staff by the Mayor's office, stating that political neutrality rules should be respected.
She said, "I will ensure that political neutrality rules are respected under my Mayoralty."
Tory MP Ben Bradley shared his own experience, recounting how he asked staff at Nottinghamshire County Council to remove flags, campaigns, and pronouns from their email signatures. He criticized the Labour leadership for prioritizing divisive campaigns and identity politics over delivering services.
Mayor's office responds
A source close to Sadiq Khan defended the use of the Black Lives Matter slogan, stating, "At City Hall, we believe that the lives of black Londoners matter. It's frankly shocking that Susan Hall seems to think otherwise."
A spokesperson for the Mayor clarified that the email signature does not endorse any specific organization but affirms the GLA's commitment to stand against racism.
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