Jeremy Corbyn ‘is trying to gag’ London Mayor Sadiq Khan at Labour party conference
- Sadiq Khan wants to be able to address the Labour Party Conference in Liverool
- The London mayor believes Labour needs to ‘reach out’ to Tory voters
- Corbyn will block all Labour mayors from speaking in order to silence Khan
- Labour has denied there is any plot to stop Khan from speaking at Conference
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of trying to ‘gag’ London Mayor Sadiq Khan at Labour’s annual conference.
The Labour leader faces claims he wants to bar Mr Khan, seen as one of his main rivals, from a key speaking slot at the gathering in Liverpool.
But to disguise the ban, Mr Corbyn intends to prevent all Labour’s directly elected mayors – including Manchester’s Andy Burnham – from speaking.
Sadiq Khan, pictured, wants to address the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are reluctant to allow the London Mayor to address Conference
A Labour insider told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Sadiq has been asking repeatedly to be allowed to speak, but Corbyn has stopped it.’
After he was elected in 2016, the new London mayor issued a thinly veiled attack on Mr Corbyn , warning Labour could never win power without trying to ‘reach out’ to Tory voters.
Sources close to Mr Khan played down the conference row last night.
But one Labour MP said: ‘It is ridiculous that someone with such a huge personal mandate apparently has to beg and plead to address conference.
‘One has to ask, just what is Corbyn afraid of?’
Labour sources last night denied a bid to ban Mr Khan, saying the conference schedule had not been finalised.
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