The Deputy Leader of the BNP has been suspended from his post at City Hall after saying that the Ugandan-born Archbishop of York deserved to be attacked.
The row began after Archbishop urged people not to vote for the BNP.
Speaking in response, Simon Darby said:
"If I went to Uganda and I went to a Ugandan village and said that the people there were genetic mongrels and that they had no right to their Ugandan identity, I would be picking out spears for days. And rightly so. I wouldn’t say that but if I did, I would be attacked and I would deserve to be attacked. I certainly wouldn’t need a return ticket.”
Defending his comments Darby insisted that:
"If I went there and preached down to those indigenous people in the same way that Sentamu does to us then I’d be attacked. If I was derogatory, condescending and arrogant - because that’s what John Sentamu is - I would be attacked. And rightly so."
Darby has been suspended with full pay by the GLA, pending a final hearing.
His boss Richard Barnbrook AM, is also facing suspension after admitting to making false claims about murders in his borough.
Barnbrook now admits that he knew his claims were false but insists that "it makes little difference" whether the murders took place.
His case will be decided by a joint hearing of the GLA and Barking and Dagenham Standards Committees.