Tories accused of turning blind eye to Islamophobia in the Party amid fresh new revelations

26 June 2018

Amid fresh new revelations of Islamophobia, the Conservative Party is accused of turning a blind eye on the issue as it ignores widespread calls for an independent inquiry.

The Muslim Council of Britain has once again formally written to the Conservative Party demanding a wide-ranging inquiry into Islamophobia in the Party.

Given the lack of response or even acknowledgement of the first letter, sent almost a month ago, the Council suggests that the Conservatives are turning a blind eye to the mounting evidence and ignoring calls for an independent inquiry.

The initial letter outlined a significant body of evidence demonstrating “weekly occurrences of Islamophobia” within the Party, as well as apparent negligence of the Party to act after the London Mayoral campaign and the actions of Bob Blackman MP.

In the intervening period, fresh new revelations include ongoing “weekly occurrences of Islamophobia” from candidates and representatives of the Conservative Party; the discovery of how vice-Chair Ben Bradley dismissed Islamophobia and appeared to have attempted to cover this up; lived experiences of Muslim members, candidates and representatives; and evidence suggesting a senior government minister had “extreme” views on Muslims.

The letter cites support for an inquiry from mosques, students, senior Muslim peers, Muslim organisations, the Conservative Muslim Forum, Jewish groups, Conservative Home and editorials from The Times and The Observer.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB said: “We earnestly hope that the Conservative Party addresses concerns of Islamophobia with the seriousness it deserves. The true extent of the problem can only be achieved via an independent inquiry.”

See full letter

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Notes to Editors: 

  1. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.
  2. See original letter here.
  3. For further information please contact:
    The Muslim Council of Britain
    PO Box 57330
    London
    E1 2WJ
    Tel: 0845 26 26 786
    Fax: 0207 247 7079
    [email protected]

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