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Zac Goldsmith's promotion to Cabinet criticised over his 'racist' mayoral campaign

ZAC GOLDSMITH was appointed to Boris Johnson’s Cabinet today following a reshuffle.

The Richmond Park MP’s appointment was criticised because of the racist campaign he ran when trying to succeed Boris Johnson as London mayor in 2016.

Mr Goldsmith was accused of Islamophobia, including by senior Tories, for trying to link Labour’s Sadiq Khan with Islamist extremists.

Muslim Council of Britain assistant secretary-general Miqdaad Versi said: “He has resolutely failed to apologise.

“His virulent Islamophobia now has a place at the Cabinet table. We cannot and will not forget.”

Mr Goldsmith is now a joint environment and international development minister and will attend Cabinet.

Downing Street said International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has been given the women and equalities brief which became available after Amber Rudd quit.

Chris Skidmore has moved back to a joint education and business role after Jo Johnson resigned.


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