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Anger after councillor ‘blacks up’ as Mandela

A Barnet councillor has been widely condemned after appearing in fancy dress with his face blacked-up to make him look like Nelson Mandela.

The Conservative Party’s Hale ward councillor, Brian Gordon, was dressing up to celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim on March 4, and later sent the picture to this newspaper. It first appeared in our Between the Lines column last week, and was met with angry reaction from opposition parties and race groups.

Mr Gordon has apologised for his choice of attire, but said he was amazed’ that people had become worked up’ over what he described as harmless fun’.

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