Jeremy Corbyn is expected to consider complaints made by women’s rights activists that female Muslim Labour councillors have allegedly been blocked from seeking election by male councillors from their own communities.
The party was accused on Saturday of a weak response to a letter to the Labour leader by Shaista Gohir of the Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK), who asked Corbyn to investigate “systematic misogyny displayed by significant numbers of Muslim male local councillors”.
The letter also alleged party officials were “complicit at the highest levels”. It claimed Muslim men within Labour had been allowed to operate under the “patriarchal biradari system”, through which women were deliberately not chosen to stand.
Gohir’s claims of discrimination were backed by the Labour MP for Luton South, Gavin Shuker, who claimed he had raised concerns about bullying and intimidation of Muslim female councillors with various senior Labour officials within the last three years.
Those claims have been rejected by the party but on Sunday, a Labour source told the Guardian Corbyn would now look at the letter sent by MWNUK and respond in due course.
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