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Sadiq Khan's confusion over chicken shops


London mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan is reported as saying during hustings that there are too many fried chicken shops in London.

So which London MP said this about ubiquitous chicken shop Chicken Cottage at the company's awards ceremonies in 2012?

“Chicken Cottage is a British product that is doing a fantastic amount in our country...over the last period Chicken Cottage has created 1,000 new jobs in our country, added £50m to the UK’s GDD and over the next five years will be creating 400 new jobs as well.

“And here’s the beautiful thing. This is a British product...selling Islamic products, selling halal products...that is niche and general but it’s gone mainstream.

“When Chicken Cottage started in 1994, the aim was to be as excellent, or as good as, the market, the aim is to be the best in its own right, and now the market leaders are Chicken Cottage... long may you have a prosperous future!”

It was, of course, Sadiq Khan. Watch below.

(Part 1 of the ceremony, featuring the opening of Khan's speech, is here. The whole thing is brilliant.)

Croydon resident Jonny Rose, who loves Christ and chicken, is defiant in the face of Khan's apparent U-Turn

Padraig Reidy is the editor of Little Atoms. He is Director of Editorial at 89up and has written and ghostwritten for The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Observer, The Irish Times, The Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman, The Sun, and The Irish Post.

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