Aide to mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan suspended

An aide to Labour's London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has been suspended over a series of offensive messages posted on social media in 2012.

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Pictures show Sadiq Khan's aide posing with guns online

The former aide to London Mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan posed with guns online saying he had a "good weekend shooting stuff with real guns, knives, crossbows and bow and arrows".

Shueb Salar posted the pictures last July on his instagram account under hashtags 'I'm a Secret Hitman' and 'I'll make it look like an accident'.

Shueb Salar used the hashtag 'I'm a secret hitman' when posting the pictures.

The speech writer, suspended after posting homophobic and sexist comments online, also tweeted that he thought the murder of soldier Lee Rigby was "probably fake" a day after the murder by two Islamic extremists.

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Aide to mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan suspended

An aide to Labour's London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has been suspended over a series of offensive messages posted on social media in 2012.

A spokeswoman for Sadiq Khan said the offensive tweets were a 'serious issues'. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire/PA Images

Shueb Salar, a parliamentary assistant to the former minister, posted several messages on Twitter containing abusive language about women and homosexuals.

A spokeswoman for Mr Khan said they were "serious issues" and Mr Salar had been suspended from the mayoral candidate's parliamentary office pending an investigation.

In one message, posted in May 2012, Mr Salar said "currently hating on all you faggots who have finished uni" while a message from April 2012 suggested that the way to "treat a lady" was to "buy her a nice iron and extend the kitchen for her".

Mr Salar started working for Mr Khan in his Westminster office in November 2014.

Cabinet minister Chris Grayling questioned Mr Khan's judgment in employing someone who had published the comments.

He said: "'These comments have absolutely no place in modern society. They raise serious questions about the judgement of Sadiq Khan who chose to employ this man despite his views being public, on a Twitter account followed by Khan himself."

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