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Tories must launch urgent inquiry into Islamophobia in party, Muslim Council of Britain says

Post by sassy on Thu May 12, 2016 4:01 am

The Tories risk becoming embroiled in an Islamophobia row in light of their campaign against Sadiq Khan

The Conservative party must conduct an urgent inquiry into alleged Islamophobia in its ranks, Britain’s largest Muslim representative organisation has said.

The Muslim Council of Britain said the party’s recent campaign for Mayor of London was punctuated by “Islamophobic” smears against both the now Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and other Muslims.

David Cameron last night apologised for having falsely claimed that south London imam Suliman Gani supported the terrorist group Isis – a claim he used to attack Labour’s candidate, who had appeared on platforms with him.

The Tories were also accused of “dog whilstle racism” after describing Mr Khan as “radical”, that London would not be safe under his watch, and suggesting he had associated with extremists.

Dr Shuja Shafi, secretary general of the MCB, welcomed the PM’s apology, but said the Tories needed to conduct a full inquiry into “the extent of Islamophobia in its own ranks”.

Such a probe would run parallel to an inquiry conducted in the Labour party, which has appointed campaigner Shami Chakrabati to examine the extent of alleged antisemitism in the party.

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s long overdue apology to Imam Sulaiman Ghani, a London imam who has thus far been unable to challenge claims made in Parliament that he supports Daesh or terrorism. As a result of these smears, we understand that Imam Ghani has been subject to abuse and threats on his life,” Mr Shafi said.


Zac Goldsmith (far left) was criticised for his campaign against Sadiq Khan (right) (AFP)

“I call on both the Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary to make that apology in Parliament as well. Imam Ghani became the innocent casualty of a wider Islamophobic attack on the now Mayor of London and the Conservative Party needs to apologise for this too.”

“Such smear-by-association has become all too common for Muslims and Muslim organisations. It is a cancer blighting sections of our political and media class and has infected the solemn business of government.”“For the real extremists we are all opposed to, such tactics will only provide fresh new examples of a society not willing to accept Muslims for who they are.”

“I also call for an urgent review of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. Just as the Labour Party is rightly conducting an inquiry into antisemitism, it is important for the Conservative Party to reflect upon the extent of Islamophobia in its own ranks. We should have zero tolerance for both antisemitism and Islamophobia.”

“We urge the Conservative Party to reflect and learn from this disreputable period of campaigning so that we can all draw a line and move on.”

The call calls days after former Tory cabinet minister Baroness Warsei herself warned that her party had lost in London because it had run an “appalling dog-whistle campaign” in the capital.

She said it had "lost us the election, our reputation and credibility on issues of race and religion".

A Downing Street spokesperson last night said Mr Cameron “apologises to him for any misunderstanding” with regards to Mr Gani, who in fact previously supported the Conservative.

But at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday he dodged answering a question about whether he would apologise for the nature of his party's campaign against Mr Khan.

The Independent has contacted the Conservative party for comment on this developing story.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-islamophobia-inquiry-mcb-Muslim-council-of-britain-zac-goldsmith-racist-islam-sadiq-khan-a7025331.html


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Post by sassy on Thu May 12, 2016 1:08 pm

What you going to do - burn it down?
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Post by Tommy Monk on Thu May 12, 2016 1:10 pm

Who cares what this self appointed and self serving group of twats think...!?


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Post by sassy on Thu May 12, 2016 1:12 pm

Well, would warm the cockles of my heart if all the members of Britain First etc were dropped over a cliff.   Shame it ain't gonna happen.   But they do keep getting put in jail so that's probably where they will all end.
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Post by Tommy Monk on Thu May 12, 2016 1:19 pm

Have you seen the number of foreigners in our prisons sassy...?


Compared to % of general population...!!!???


Do you want to see some figures...!?


Go on... please say that you do...!!!???


But I bet you will run away again instead now...


Lot of lefties getting nicked too... can show you that as well while we're at it...?


Want to see figures about that as well...!?



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Post by HoratioTarr on Thu May 12, 2016 1:27 pm

The old Islamophobia accusations are beginning to sound like a fucking cracked record. All the majority of the British people want is to be able to live their lives peacefully and not be dictated to by PC idiots. We don't need to be told we can't wear a crucifix to work for fear of offending Muslims, or that Christmas nativity plays or scenes are offensive to Islam. This is Britain. We have our own culture that has just as much right to flourish as anyone else's. It's also a land of freedom of speech. And that works both ways.
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