Geeta Sidhu Robb took to Twitter to apologise for “ignorant” language after an old footage of her resurfaced online.
Geeta Sidhu Robb was shortlisted as a Liberal Democrat candidate to run for the party’s London mayoral role.
However, she received backlash following a resurfaced clip from a 1997 election campaign where she urged voters not to vote for her Labour opponent, Jack Straw.
Geeta has apologised on Twitter.
Who is Geeta Sidhu Robb?
Geeta is a businesswoman and former lawyer.
She founded the company Nosh Detox to develop her own nutritious meals and programmes as a result of her son’s food allergies as a baby.
On the company’s website, Geeta states that she has qualified as a raw chef, health coach and nutrition specialist.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she studied Law at the University of Buckingham and International Finance Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Geeta is on Instagram under the handle @geetasidhurobb.
Geeta Sidhu Robb apologises for resurfaced footage
Geeta has received backlash over a resurfaced video on Twitter. At the time, she was a Conservative candidate in Blackburn.
In the video, Geeta urged people not to vote for Jack Straw and said: “Don’t vote for a Jew, Jack Straw is a Jew.”
Following the viral video, Geeta has apologised for using “ignorant” and “abusive” language in her campaign.
“I am deeply ashamed of the ignorant and abusive language I used on one occasion in the 1997 General Election campaign. As shown in the footage, I instantly regretted my appalling behaviour, which I continue to do.
“Those words are entirely inconsistent with my views and values, and though there are no excuses for my actions, there is some context; that is, that I was under a great deal of strain and retaliated to the racial abuse I was receiving in Blackburn ‘like for like’.”
Geeta has been suspended
The Liberal Democrats have announced that Geeta has been suspended.
Mark Pack, president of the Liberal Democrats, shared a statement on Twitter, which said:
“Geeta Sidhu-Robb has been suspended from the Liberal Democrats and will not be on the ballot paper to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London. There is an investigation underway in accordance with due process.”