Adamant: Sadiq Khan has refused to withdraw his comments:
Mr Khan accused Mr Cameron of ‘writing propaganda’ for the far-Right English Defence League, an anti-Islamist group linked to the BNP. He provoked fury within Government, with Tory Party Chairman Baroness Warsi demanding an apology from Mr Khan over the ‘outrageous and irresponsible’ smear.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said: ‘It is for Sadiq to explain the context in which he made those remarks.’
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper would only say it was ‘unwise’ for Mr Cameron not to have explicitly condemned the English Defence League, which marched in Luton on Saturday as he was making his speech.
Mr Khan was last night said to be unrepentant. He told friends he believed Mr Cameron had been ‘very unwise’ to make the speech on a day when the far-Right were staging a high-profile march.
But Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, praised Mr Cameron’s speech, saying: ‘There is a lot in what he said.’
Mr Cameron could face resistance within Whitehall over his shift in approach.
Officials have long argued Islamist extremism is only an issue when it becomes violent.