Cameron's poll campaign chief once launched 'foul-mouthed' racist rant at Muslims
The man British Prime Minister David Cameron has picked to head his Election campaign has once launched a foul-mouthed rant against Muslims.
Outspoken Australian 'fixer' Lynton Crosby used the phrase 'f...But No.10 officials said that Cameron has no intention of changing his mind about appointing the strategist, despite the new revelations.
Crosby's outburst came earlier this year when Johnson's aides discussed whether to devote more attention to wooing the ethnic minority vote in his battle with Labour's Ken Livingstone.
According to a source, Crosby said that Johnson should concentrate on traditional Tory voters instead of 'f..."He definitely used that phrase" the source said, adding: "Lynton's view was that chasing the Muslim vote and other ethnic groups was a waste of time and he frequently expressed himself in very strong terms. Some people found it very offensive."
In a statement a spokesman for Crosby said that he had 'absolutely no recollection' of using the term.
His allies claimed that Crosby was the victim of a dirty tricks plot by Tory enemies to stop him taking charge of campaigns at Conservative HQ, the Daily Mail reports.
"It is entirely mischievous to suggest Lynton is racist in any way. He campaigned vigorously for the Muslim vote during the Mayoral race. He has absolutely no recollection whatsoever of making these comments," the spokesman said.
It is not the first time Crosby, 55, has been involved in a sensitive row over campaign strategy.
The Australian objected to the way Johnson had ordered adverts to be removed from London buses, which stated that gays could be converted to heterosexuality.
Sources close to Crosby denied he was opposed to the adverts being taken down, but said he objected to the way the Mayor briefed newspapers without discussing it with him first, the report added.