Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey has apologised to the Asian community for his controversial comments that were published in a 2005 pamphlet, which warned that multiculturalism could make the UK a "crime riddled cesspool".
In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, the 47-year-old has acknowledged his "poor" use of language related to a report he wrote which has been widely criticised for its "divisive" remarks.
The London politician wished to make it clear to any community insulted by his past comments that his apology is sincere.
"There were rough words and poor language used," Bailey said. "I want to make it quite clear that if anyone is offended by what I said or any hurt or upset I caused, I absolutely apologise for that."