Zac Goldsmith today launched his strongest attack yet on Sadiq Khan, accusing his London mayoral election rival of "giving platform, oxygen and cover" to extremists.

The Tory candidate said his Labour opponent had shown "appalling judgment" by speaking at events that included people with "repellent" views.

He accused Mr Khan of "hiding behind Britain's Muslims" by branding as an "Islamophobe" anyone who spotlighted his record.

It is the first time Mr Goldsmith has directly challenged his rival in such ferocious language.

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