Susan Hall, the Conservative candidate for mayor of London, liked a tweet praising Enoch Powell and calling Sadiq Khan a “traitor rat.”
Ms. Hall liked an image of the notorious anti-immigrant politician, a favorite of the far right, that quoted him saying: “It is never too late to save your country.”
The tweet liked by the Tory hopeful carried the message: “It’s never too late to get London back!”
Powell’s slogan – infamous for his so-called “Rivers of Blood” speech in which he condemned immigration to Britain – was used by the British National Party (BNP).
It was also discovered that Ms Hall had liked a message on X, formerly known as Twitter, which described Mr Khan as “our nipple-sized mayor of Londonistan”.
Liked more tweets from Ms. Hall, first highlighted by The timesincluded a suggestion that suggested Mr Khan would support corruption in May’s mayoral election.
The post claimed that the Labor mayor was “asking Londoners to hold a postal vote in Tower Hamlets in May next year and we all know how that works. #Fraud”.
After a tweet in which Ms Hall criticized Mr Khan’s strategy to tackle violence against women and girls, she liked a response that read: “Well said Susan, that Labor traitor RAT likes that sort of thing.”
A spokesman for the Hall campaign said: “Susan interacts with many people on Twitter without endorsing their views.”
“Londoners want a mayor who will listen to people and tackle the key issues they care about – making our streets safer and putting more money in people’s pockets.” As mayor, Susan will deliver. “
The right-wing councilor with a controversial history emerged as a surprise candidate for the Tories earlier this year after former minister Paul Scully failed to make the shortlist and Daniel Korski withdrew after allegations were made against him.
She described the Notting Hill carnival as “dangerous” and said the black community had a “problem with crime”.
Opponents highlighted her support for Liz Truss’ ill-fated mini-Budget and her comparison between Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol and Remain supporters who refused to accept Brexit.
Conservative leaders have launched an internal review of the party’s operations in London after she emerged as a candidate. Tory leader Greg Clarke said this would be “with the full support of Susan Hall”.
A bombshell poll last week showed Ms Hall will defeat Mr Khan – if left-wing Jeremy Corbyn enters the race as an independent.
The former Labor leader, who was barred from standing for the party at the next general election, has refused to rule out running in the May contest.
According to a poll by Redfield and Wilton Strategies, Mr Corbyn would receive 15 percent of the vote. But by doing so he would split the vote, leaving Ms Hall to win – with 30 per cent and Mr Khan with 25 per cent.