Cllr Yaqoob, leader of the Respect party, said:
“I am outraged and disgusted that the Tory candidate in Lozells East and Handsworth has produced an election leaflet using my photo and implying that I am supporting him.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Mr Khan approached me for a photo on the recent trade union defend jobs demo in Birmingham. I agreed on the explicit condition that it not be used in any way for party political purposes.
The use of my image on Tory publicity is a deliberate attempt to mislead the voters of Lozells East and Handsworth.
It is a disgraceful abuse of the political process and flies in the face of David Cameron’s calls to ‘clean-up’ politics.
The public are sick and tired of deceitful politicians. Now that they have been exposed I hope the voters Lozells East and Handsworth punish the Conservatives for their willful deception. In the meantime, I am seeking legal advice on what recourse I have against them’.