Sadiq Khan reveals Labour conference speech snub was decided by party's leadership

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Sadiq Khan today revealed that his exclusion from the keynote speakers at Labour conference was decided by the party’s “leadership”, amid a growing storm over the snub.

Asked if he had been “snubbed”, the Mayor of London said: “That’s a question you’ve got to ask the leadership.”

Mr Khan infuriated Mr Corbyn’s supporters by using his speech last year to stress the importance of Labour getting elected so that it was “not just talking the talk, but walking the walk too”.

Asked about his exclusion this year, he told ITV News: “I’m quite clear that I’m looking forward to the conference. I can’t wait to go and thank those members who worked their socks off this year during the general election … I love going to conference.”

The Mayor insisted he was “not at all” annoyed and said that Mr Corbyn took the decision in order to create more time to let “ordinary members have their say” in the hall.

 The mayor said Mr Corbyn took the decision in order to create more time to let “ordinary members have their say” in the hall (PA)

But when it was pointed out that previous mayor Ken Livingstone was a regular VIP speaker, he said: “I take your point.”

Labour MP Neil Coyle, a critic of Mr Corbyn, said the exclusion of the Mayor from the event in Brighton this month was a blow to Labour’s campaign to reach out to ordinary voters.

“Sadiq Khan is a Labour winner delivering a Labour agenda and absolutely must be able to project what he has done in London to more Labour voters,” he said. “Conference is about projecting what we can deliver to the British audience of potential voters.”

An increasing number of Labour MPs are urging Mr Corbyn to guarantee Mr Khan a high-profile speaking slot. Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq has said he is “the electorally most successful Labour politician” in the country alongside Manchester mayor Andy Burnham.

Harrow West Labour MP Gareth Thomas said he was “Labour’s most powerful elected politician”.

And Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said it would be a “terrible snub”.

As Mayor, Boris Johnson always had a star slot at the Tory conference, and Mr Livingstone spoke to delegates at Labour’s rally.

Mr Khan won the mayoral nomination with the support of Corbyn backers — but angered them by criticising Mr Corbyn during last year’s leadership challenge, saying:  “Jeremy has already proved that he is unable to organise an effective team, and has failed to win the trust and respect of the British people.”


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