Fozia Parveen says she tried to become a Labour councillor in Birmingham [Image: BBC].

Labour does have the best record on ethnic equality but – as with most things – it is a record that must be maintained vigilantly.

Muslim Women’s Network UK was right to raise this issue with the Labour leadership. Nobody should be stopped from entering politics because of their race, religion, age, colour or anything else that marks them out as a minority – and they most definitely should not be held back because of their gender.

Last time This Writer checked, there were more women in the UK than men – and I do not support minority rule.

Nor, I believe, does Jeremy Corbyn.

Let’s all keep an eye on this; there’s a chance to make a positive difference here.

A Muslim women’s group has written to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claiming women have been stopped from becoming councillors by Muslim men in the party.

Muslim Women’s Network UK demanded an inquiry into “systematic misogyny displayed by significant numbers of Muslim male local councillors”.

“They don’t like women to be heard, to be empowered,” it told BBC Newsnight.

Labour said it had the best record of any of the parties in selecting female and ethnic minority candidates.

Source: Muslim women ‘stopped from becoming Labour councillors’ – BBC News

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