Geeta Sidhu Robb, Mayor of London of Indian origin, overcomes antisemitism

An Indian-origin entrepreneur-activist was fielded as a potential London mayoral candidate.

London: An Indian-origin entrepreneur-activist was dropped on Monday as a potential mayoral candidate for London, who had come to contest against Sadiq Khan after his anti-social comments surfaced last year.

Geeta Sidhu Robb, founder of Organic Food and Juice Products firm Nosh Detox, was shortlisted as the Liberal Democrat candidate after making anti-Semitic remarks in footage of the 1997 general election.

Sidhu Robb said, “I apologize for my actions in the 1997 general election campaign. My behavior has caused offense and sorrow and I deeply regret it.”

“There is no place for racism or any form of antisocialism in society and as such I regret it at the time. This is not an excuse by any means, but the reference was that I was at the end of a coherent racist. The campaign and, unfairly, retaliation was taken as I did, ”she said.

As a Conservative Party general election candidate in Blackburn 23 years ago when he was contesting against disqualified Labor MP Jack Straw, Sidhu Robb was filmed saying: “Don’t vote for a Jew, Jack Straw is a Jew. ”

The London health food promoter, who was behind Straw in that election, said she was “deeply embarrassed” of the language she used, which she appears to accept in the footage.

“As shown in the footage, I immediately regret my paranoid behavior, which I continue to do. And I am actively reaching out to the Jewish community to listen and learn,” she said.

“Two mistakes never become right. I made a mistake and I take responsibility for my abominable actions 23 years ago, they were never repeated. I urge you that the one I’m on today is such a preacher Which is committed to eradicating inequality and discrimination. All its forms, “she said, in a lengthy Twitter statement.

The London mayor’s election was scheduled to take place in May this year, but was postponed until May 2021 due to a coronovirus lockdown disruption.

So far, Sadiq Khan has been consistently challenged in the race by Conservative Party candidate Sean Bailey. Lib Dem’s choice has proved difficult as the party’s previous choice, Siobhan Banita, said she could not commit to an extra year of unpaid publicity. The party is now looking for a possible candidate following the suspension of Sidhu Robb.

A Lib spokesman said, “Geeta Sidhu Robb has been suspended from the Liberal Democrats and will not be on the ballot paper to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London. Investigation is underway according to due process,” the Lib spokesman said.