A former Tory parliamentary candidate has turned on her own party’s London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, calling his campaign “disgraceful”, “patronising”, “ugly”, “destructive” and “divisive”.

In an extraordinary article for the New Statesman magazine, senior Tory activist Shazia Awan said she was “ashamed” of Goldsmith – accusing him of being “weak” and “fickle” and slating his tactics as “desperate”, “foolish” and “crude”.

The full article is worth a read:

Zac Goldsmith’s damaging, exploitative and ugly campaign puts me off politics as a BME candidate