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Does Starmer support Zarah Sultana over Islamophobia – or the Islamophobes who attack her?

Zarah Sultana: she has received huge amounts of Islamophobic abuse since becoming a member of Parliament. What is her party leader, Keir Starmer, doing about it?

It’s a reasonable question.

Keir Starmer’s support for Zionist Jews (but not socialist Jews, note) is monumental; he will pursue well beyond the point of persecution anybody who suggests such people might behave in questionable ways (see this article for documented examples of such behaviour).

We have yet to see him offer such solidarity to Muslims facing discrimination – even those who are MPs in his own party – and questions are being asked:

Apparently not.

He has welcomed an alleged Islamophobe back into the party after a period of suspension instigated while Jeremy Corbyn was party leader. The person in question has close connections to both Starmer and the Labour leader’s current bestie, Peter Mandelson.

But we’ve heard nothing from him in support of his own MP, Zarah Sultana, who has received huge amounts of abuse, as she herself detailed in this speech:

It’s hard to watch, isn’t it?

Perhaps Starmer would prefer to hang out with right-wing chair of Poplar & Limehouse CLP, Chris Worrall, who seems to be obsessed with abusing Ms Sultana but has received no criticism for it. Why has this man not been suspended, pending expulsion for this targeted abuse (examples below)?

The Labour Party leader cannot be selective about the ethnic, religious or racial discrimination he opposes; he either opposes it all, or he is himself a racist.

Keir Starmer seems to think he does not need to hold himself to such standards – even though they are not lofty; they are criteria to which we should all adhere.

So he needs to start showing solidarity – or party members will find ways to make his future very different indeed.

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Reinstatement of Trevor Phillips shows that post-Corbyn Labour has turned TOWARDS racism

Trevor Phillips and Jeremy Corbyn: the contrast between the way Labour has treated these two men says everything about the party’s attitude – which is one of institutional racism under Keir Starmer.

Here’s the message that explains it all:

Ignore the doubletalk coming from Labour HQ; Jeremy Corbyn was removed from the party leadership because he was impeding the party’s descent into racism – not because he was a racist himself.

The reinstatement of Trevor Phillips just confirms it.

Phillips’s Labour Party membership was suspended in March last year, when Jeremy Corbyn was party leader, over comments he made about Muslims:

He also claimed that the centre of gravity of British Muslim opinion was “some distance away from the centre of gravity of everybody else’s” – prompting Labour MP Naz Shah to demand an explanation.

And Miqdaad Versi of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said, “The statements he has made on a number of different things would not be statements that he would make against other communities.”

According to Labour procedures, Phillips’s case should have gone before a committee of the party’s National Executive Committee – but, after a delay of more than a year, that organisation was told last week that the case against him had been summarily dismissed.

Presumably, this means Keir Starmer decided to spit on the rules and made the decision on his own.

Why?

Well… he’s been spending a lot of time around Peter Mandelson lately.

Mandelson was the spin doctor behind Blairism and New Labour, and it could certainly be argued that Islamophobia was behind the decisions to go to war against Afghanistan and Iraq during Tony Blair’s leadership of the UK.

He is also a close friend of Trevor Phillips.

Consider also:

So: close friend of Mandelson; member of the same Labour branch as Starmer. And Mandelson and Starmer are as thick as thieves right now.

It seems Starmer has turned Labour into another old-school-tie network; a club for well-placed people who have personal interconnections. Doesn’t the Conservative Party already operate that kind of elitist, privileged, entitled system?

So much for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, then, and its demand that Labour’s political interference in its disciplinary process be halted. Keir Starmer vowed solemnly that he would follow that advice. Clearly, he lied.

But then, it seems the EHRC has been failing in its duties since it was created. Would you be surprised at this, knowing that its first chairman was… Trevor Phillips?

The links explained by Chris Williamson suggest wide-ranging, institutional corruption.

So-called centrist (in reality, so deeply into the right-wing of politics that they could be Tories) Labour MPs have rushed to defend the decision to reinstate Phillips. But they haven’t done a very good job. In the video below, Jess Phillips (no relation) seems to be suggesting that the Islamophobia accusations were inflated out of proportion in order to gain political advantage. The Prole Star draws an obvious parallel:

Note also that she was making her comments on a platform provided by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, which has its own questions to answer about political interference – especially in the case of Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn himself worked tirelessly to disentangle the party from the barrage of false accusations of anti-Semitism that it faced under his leadership. We now know (don’t we?) that he was undermined in these efforts by right-wing party officials who wanted to smear him in order to ensure that the Conservatives would beat him in a general election, forcing him out.

His reward was to be suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party by Starmer so he now has to sit as an Independent MP – and now one of the party’s swivel-eyed right-wingers, Neil Coyle, has accused him of failing to declare financial support he received in order to fight the false claims against him.

So we see a huge dichotomy – a contrast between Labour’s attitude to anti-Semitism under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and what it is doing now about Islamophobia under Starmer:

No wonder Muslims abandoned Labour en masse at the Batley & Spen by-election. The rest of us should do the same because of the outrageous mistreatment of Corbyn.

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#LabourIslamophobia is running riot – because Blairites are in charge again?

Starmer: draping himself in a Union Flag is only going to reinforce claims that his Labour is virulently Islamophobic.

It’s a reasonable suggestion – Tony Blair was quick enough to attack Muslim countries, back when he was the UK’s prime minister.

The Labour Party swung back towards a balanced approach to religion under Jeremy Corbyn, meaning he tried to treat people of all denominations equally, in line with traditional Labour values.

And we all know how that turned out, don’t we? Pro-Israeli people and organisations (not pro-Jewish; they were just using that as a false flag) accused Corbyn of anti-Semitism with a series of lies.

Now, Keir Starmer is leader. He’s a right-winger, although This Writer isn’t sure whether he has been named as an out-and-out Blairite, Islamophobia is a serious and growing problem in the Labour Party – and he couldn’t care less.

As Aditya Chakrabortty writes in The Guardian:

This is apparently Labour’s new “red wall” playbook: prejudice from some white voters amounts to “legitimate concerns” to be pandered to; prejudice from some Asian Muslim voters is used to tar an entire community.

Labour claimed to be campaigning in the name of Jo Cox, Leadbeater’s sister, who was shot and stabbed to death in the same constituency during the Brexit referendum by a far-right terrorist intoning “Britain First”. Among the last things the MP had been working on was a report into violence against Muslims, yet five years later senior employees of her party were in the business of blaming Muslims.

The failures we see notched up daily by Starmer’s team aren’t just political: they are moral.

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Labour Islamophobia: is this the reason Starmer will lose Batley & Spen?

Institutionally Islamophobic? Angela Rayner and Keir Starmer were information of serious concerns about Islamophobia in the Labour Party last November and have done nothing about it. Now we are told Labour sources are attacking Muslims (under the false flag of anti-Semitism) to justify the party’s impending loss of Batley & Spen.

This information is from Dan Hodges of the Mail, so I advise you to take it with a pinch of salt.

He says Labour Party representatives are already trying to justify their loss of the Batley & Spen by-election, even though it hasn’t happened yet.

And they’re doing it with rampant Islamophobia:

‘We’re haemorrhaging votes among Muslim voters,’ one senior Labour official tells me, ‘and the reason for that is what Keir has been doing on antisemitism. Nobody really wants to talk about it, but that’s the main factor. He challenged Corbyn on it, and there’s been a backlash among certain sections of the community.’

Remember the old saying that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”? By that token, Hodges is saying that his Labour official told him Muslims (or at least those who live in Batley & Spen) are all anti-Semites.

That is a viciously Islamophobic attitude.

Hodges goes further by saying he received a WhatsApp message (he doesn’t name the source) circulating among Muslim groups, listing five reasons not to support Labour’s candidate, Kim Leadbeater. One of them is this:

‘Her party leader Keir Starmer is pro-Israel and pro-Zionist. He needs to get a clear message in Batley and Spen.’

If this is being used as justification for the claim that all Muslims in the constituency are anti-Semites, then it is thin gruel.

Starmer is pro-Israel and pro-Zionist. Neither of those statements are anti-Semitic, for obvious reasons (not all Jews are Israelis; not all Jews are Zionists; and obviously a person can be pro-Israel and pro-Zionist without being Jewish). And just because a message is distributed around some Muslims, that doesn’t mean all Muslims agree with it.

It doesn’t even mean all Muslims who received the message agree with it.

In fact, Muslims in the constituency have many problems with current Labour policies but it seems the party doesn’t want to engage with those. Why should it, when it can simply tar all local Muslims as anti-Semites?

In doing so, of course, Labour would be taking a leaf out of the Israeli government’s handbook – where every criticism is attacked as anti-Semitic, no matter what it is.

Labour’s own institutional Islamophobia is discussed in a useful Skwawkbox article that states:

Labour’s contempt for Muslim voters and the Islamophobia deeply ingrained in the party’s right have long been obvious – and were condemned last year by a Labour Muslim Network (LMN) report.

Long before that, the party reacted to a recording of vile Islamophobic abuse against a left-wing Muslim member – by protecting the perpetrator and suspending the victim. For more than three years, with the process of expelling him ongoing.

And just after the publication of the LMN report, the party suspended a member of its National Executive Committee (NEC) of Moroccan Muslim heritage – for a statement of solidarity with Palestinians.

Acting general secretary David Evans claimed the party would implement the report’s recommendations in full – but … that has been exposed as nothing but lip service.

The LMN report was damning. As This Site reported last November, it found a whopping one-third of people of their ethnicity have witnessed Islamophobia within the party.

Worse, 44 per cent said they do not believe the party takes Islamophobia seriously and 48 per cent have lost confidence in the party’s complaints structures, according to the Labour Muslim Network investigation.

And worst of all, 59 per cent of Muslims surveyed said they did not feel well represented by the party.

In response, I wrote, “the party leadership that ignores the persecution of Palestine has made a perfunctory comment, promising to implement the report’s recommendations in a not-very-sincere way.

“The wording is cut-and-pasted from press releases about anti-Semitism and both Starmer and his deputy Angela Rayner come across as not having thought about this as a serious issue at all.”

Their promise to implement the report’s recommendations appears to have been nothing but hot air.

There is a very clear conclusion to draw from all this.

While the words of Dan Hodges may be questionable, his article has highlighted institutional Islamophobia in the Labour Party.

Both Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner were made aware of it and rather than take action they have sat on their thumbs.

If Labour loses Batley & Spen because the Muslim vote moves elsewhere, they will only have themselves to blame.

Source: DAN HODGES: Who’s spreading the poison that could put the final nail in Keir Starmer’s coffin? | Daily Mail Online

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Johnson hosts Orban visit: they’re all anti-Semites together

Boris Johnson and Victor Orban: they’re all in it together – if “it” is anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Boris Johnson is currently hosting a visit by the rabidly anti-Semite prime minister of Hungary, Victor Orban. Next week he’ll be welcoming Rowdy, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan!

He might as well.

Orban has been accused of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, based on his behaviour in office. Johnson has been accused of those prejudices, based on his behaviour both in Parliament and away from it (as anyone who’s read his novel 72 Virgins must know.

What’s the message here? That it is okay to be anti-Semitic as long as you’re supplying millions of pounds worth of arms to Israel so it can bomb Muslims?

Even the BBC’s report has mentioned that the visit has been met with widespread condemnation.

Here’s how some of it looks:

This commenter highlighted a decision by The Guardian (amongst others?) to describe Orban as “populist”:

Then there’s this:

Well yes. The Jewish Chronicle spent years campaigning against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, on the grounds that this veteran peace campaigner, who never wished harm upon anybody, was somehow a raving anti-Semite.

In fact, of course…

Now, in fairness, the Jewish Chronicle has published an article in which some Jewish voices have called on Johnson to raise the issue of anti-Semitism with Orban. No more than that.

But it does indicate that Mr Monehan’s sentiment in this tweet is accurate:

The real reason for the meeting is obvious: trade.

Having led the UK out of the excellent trading circumstances it enjoyed as a member of the European Union, Johnson is now reduced to grubbing around among the lowest of the low, desperately searching for someone who will take our products.

Even if he wasn’t an anti-Semite and Islamophobe himself, those considerations would trump his own personal feelings.

If he gets to do a deal, he would happily tell anybody complaining that it is only business.

And his ministers, tasked with ensuring that a good trading relationship is created with this anti-Semitic, Islamophobic government, would give us the classic Nuremberg defence – that they are “only following orders”.

Source: Viktor Orban in talks with Boris Johnson amid condemnation – BBC News

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Investigation of Conservative Islamophobia is another blatant whitewash

Boris Johnson’s comments about the clothes worn by Muslim women are only part of the huge volume of Islamophobia and racial hatred he has tried to stir up on his own – but the EHRC was happy to let the Tories investigate accusations against their own party and now that report stands revealed to be a whitewash.

An independent (was it?) review into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party has said there is no “institutional” problem – to howls of outrage from the rest of us.

Even though it does report attitudes that make “uncomfortable” reading for Boris Johnson and other Tories, the report is as much a whitewash as the examination of “institutional racism” in the UK, a few weeks ago.

The government has been resisting calls for that report to be discredited and scrapped ever since and the Conservative Party must now face the same calls over this.

Here’s the BBC, calmly presenting the Tories in as kind a light as possible (in other words, very dimly):

There is “clear evidence” the Conservatives’ complaints system is “in need of overhaul”, Professor Swaran Singh’s independent review into alleged Islamophobia and discrimination in the Conservative Party said.

It found anti-Muslim views were seen at local association and individual level.

But claims of “institutional racism” were not borne out by evidence of the way complaints were handled.

The report warned it “should make for uncomfortable reading for the party”.

But it also said it found “no evidence the party had… systematically failed any particular community”.

Oh, really?

Let’s go to some of our favourite people on Twitter for their analysis.

Here’s Ash Sarkar, who happens to be a Muslim who has suffered Islamophobia from Conservative Party members:

She was also able to provide an example of Islamophobia by a very senior Conservative, from very recent history:

She was referring to this:

Johnson’s own comment about women wearing the burqa (or burka, spell it how you like) looking like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers” was criticised as “insensitive”. That’s a strange way to spell “racist”!

It seems he tried to excuse himself with the pathetically weak comment that he wouldn’t do it again, now that he is prime minister.

How is that acceptable? He was saying that he still holds his racist, Islamophobic opinions, but he now intends to deceive the public that he doesn’t by choosing not to broadcast them!

Perhaps he feels he should not be picked out for special investigation because he isn’t the first Tory prime minister to be out-and-out racist filth. Theresa May’s “hostile environment”, that gave rise to her racist “go home” advertising vans and the Windrush scandal, springs to mind.

But apparently these historical examples of racism and Islamophobia are still not enough for the Singh review!

They were enough for Russ Jones:

Also on a party-wide basis:

Some have seen this as marking the right time for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to resume its own investigation into Tory Islamophobia, that was called off after the Singh review was announced.

This was rightly criticised at the time because the EHRC point-blank refused to call off its inquiry into Labour anti-Semitism after that party announced an internal review.

So Peter Oborne’s suggestion rings hollow:

The most that is likely to come from it, even if the EHRC deigns to respond, is confirmation that it is biased towards the Conservatives.

And as far as Conservatives are concerned, we have this comment to put the whole situation in its proper context:

Divide and rule. It is the Tory mantra. They have spent more than a decade encouraging prejudice and racism across the UK.

And they’re not going to stop, now they know it’s working.

Source: PM’s burka comments gave impression of insensitivity – report – BBC News

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Was Labour so busy fabricating anti-Semitism accusations that it missed ACTUAL Islamophobia?

Angela Rayner and Keir Starmer spot a Muslim at a Labour Party meeting. (All right – that’s not what the image really shows. And while they may not be Islamophobes, they seem to have made a conscious decision to ignore anti-Muslim behaviour in the Labour Party while building up a false narrative about anti-Semitism.)

This is embarrassing for Keir Starmer’s Labour Party – and worsened by his wooden response to it.

A report by an organisation of Muslims in the party has found a whopping one-third people of their ethnicity have witnessed Islamophobia within the party.

Worse, 44 per cent said they do not believe the party takes Islamophobia seriously and 48 per cent have lost confidence in the party’s complaints structures, according to the Labour Muslim Network investigation.

And worst of all, 59 per cent of Muslims surveyed said they did not feel well represented by the party.

Those are massive figures. Remember the total amount of anti-Semitism in the party was found to be less than one per cent.

But faced with less than one per cent of the party behaving in an anti-Semitic way (probably even less than that, once you strip out everybody found to have been falsely accused and discriminated against by the EHRC, Labour leapt into action and launched what became, sadly, a witch-hunt.

Now, with evidence of considerably more Islamophobia, the party leadership that ignores the persecution of Palestine has made a perfunctory comment, promising to implement the report’s recommendations in a not-very-sincere way.

The wording is cut-and-pasted from press releases about anti-Semitism and both Starmer and his deputy Angela Rayner come across as not having thought about this as a serious issue at all.

Here’s what they said: “Islamophobia has no place in our party or society and we are committed to rooting it out.” Replace “Islamophobia” with “anti-Semitism” and you can see that this was taken from a template.

“We look forward to working with LMN to implement their recommendations and will be meeting with them to discuss the next steps in tackling the scourge of Islamophobia.” The word “scourge” is the ‘tell’ here – anti-Semitism was a scourge too.

Ali Milani, who stood against Boris Johnson in Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the last general election, revealed an incident that happened to him, after which his complaint to the party was lost. It took an entire year for him to receive a reply.

A fellow party member told him Muslims could not be MPs because of “their propensity to violence” and asked if he was a terrorist.

“It hurts to feel like I experienced that sort of abuse from a party member and it not only took a year for them to get back to me, but the complaint was lost.”

Here’s another party member:

“During 2020 Ramadan, I and another member asked the chair and the secretary of the councillors Labour Group to adjust the group’s meeting’s times to allow Muslim members to have a short beak for Iftar.”

(That’s the meal eaten after sunset by Muslims during Ramadan.)

“This was refused and when I argued I was told ‘you are weaponising your religion’. I have complained to the Labour Party complaints but have not heard back.”

And the Muslim Council of Britain’s spokesperson said:

“This new report is deeply concerning. It shows shocking levels of Islamophobia within the Labour Party, and a distrust amongst Muslim members of the leadership’s willingness to take this type of racism seriously.

“We have seen what happens when a political party lets Islamophobia go unchecked. The Conservative Party’s problem with Islamophobia is deep-rooted across every part of the party as it has engaged in denial, dismissal and deceit.

“We urge the Labour Party to avoid making the same mistakes as the Conservative Party has made, and look at how racism should be tackled, so that it can more fully represent its members and supporters.”

Fat chance! Or so it seems to This Writer.

The Tory Party has avoided being investigated for Islamophobia by the Equality and Human Rights Commission by claiming it will carry out its own inquiry. It has done absolutely nothing.

I expect a similar lack of exertion from Labour.

And, since the EHRC was happy to investigate Labour for anti-Semitism, I would certainly encourage Muslim members to request action from it on Labour Islamophobia too – if nothing tangible emerges within a reasonable period of time.

Source: Over one in three Muslims report seeing Islamophobia in Labour Party | The Independent

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Boris Johnson’s Tory racism inquiry has stalled – and he’s demanding moral authority over us

Of course, it would have helped if Boris Johnson wasn’t such an extreme racist himself.

Look at the state of this:

An inquiry into racism in the Conservative Party has yet to begin eight months after it was launched by Boris Johnson, prompting protests that it has been “kicked into the long grass”.

The investigation has still not issued a call for evidence – three months after that was promised – amid criticism of the academic chosen to lead it and doubts over the resources made available.

Johnson persuaded the Equality and Human Rights Commission not to investigate Tory racism because the party was going to carry out its own inquiry, if you remember.

That in itself was hypocritical of the EHRC, which was then investigating Labour anti-Semitism even though that party had carried out multiple inquiries of its own – and shows the level to which that organisation has become just another arm of the Conservative Party.

Now we see that the Tories have done nothing. Perhaps they are worried about the public relations disaster that such an inquiry would create.

Meanwhile, Johnson is throwing his weight around, claiming the rest of us have a “moral duty” to do as he tells us.

But we live in a “leadership by example” world now; if our leaders and their friends don’t meet their own standards, then there’s no reason we should pay any attention to them.

Dominic Cummings’s trip to Barnard Castle and the wholesale discarding of adherence to lockdown rules is a prime example of that.

Boris Johnson has no moral authority. And without it, he has no authority as a leader.

Source: Anger as Boris Johnson’s Tory racism inquiry yet to start eight months after he launched it | The Independent

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Here’s why equalities watchdog can’t be trusted on its Labour anti-Semitism inquiry

Every day it seems clearer that the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission isn’t fit for purpose.

The latest revelation comes from the watchdog’s current chair, who steps down from that role this week. David Isaac says the government is “dragging its feet” rather than tackle racism.

The government is run by the Conservative Party, and he’s still the head of the organisation that refused to investigation Islamophobia in that organisation, saying the Tories could be trusted to investigate themselves.

Now he’s saying the Tories can’t be trusted to implement policies designed to tackle racism when they have the full weight of the civil service helping them – so how can they be trusted to hold an internal inquiry?

The Tory government reckons it has implemented 16 recommendations from a 2017 report on racism by the Labour MP David Lammy – but Lammy himself says this is untrue and only six have been put into practise.

It seems clear that the EHRC should have looked into Tory Islamophobia – and indeed all Tory racism.

And remember: even though Labour has been actively and publicly implementing policies to counter anti-Semitism, the EHRC still decided to investigate that organisation!

So it seems our equality organisation is hopelessly unbalanced.

And there are even suggestions that the EHRC itself is riddled with racism:

In this context it seems impossible to expect the report on allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party to be fair.

It will reflect the prejudices of those members of the EHRC who have taken part in an exercise that, while claiming to be an investigation, may prove to be more like an inquisition.

A draft of the EHRC report has already been seen by Keir Starmer, but we won’t be able to read it until the autumn, after Labour has had a chance to respond to its findings.

Here, again, we must expect no fairness; Labour under Starmer is using the shadow of anti-Semitism to purge the party of innocent members whose only crime is to believe in left-wing ideals of fairness, peace and – risibly – equality.

I could be wrong, of course. We may all be pleasantly surprised. But I doubt it.

Source: Boris Johnson’s government ‘dragging its feet’ on tackling racism says watchdog chief – Mirror Online

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Equalities watchdog undermines itself by refusing to examine Tory Islamophobia

Boris Johnson’s comments about the clothes worn by Muslim women are only part of the huge volume of Islamophobia and racial hatred he has tried to stir up on his own – but the EHRC is happy to let the Tories investigate accusations against the party.

It won’t matter what the Equality and Human Rights Commission has to say about Labour and anti-Semitism now.

It is clear that the organisation is not fit for purpose as, despite having “equality” as part of its title, it is incapable even of treating the UK’s two main political parties equally.

Boris Johnson’s behaviour alone provides a prima facie case for investigating Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.

If the EHRC can’t see that, then no decision it makes about the Labour Party can have any weight at all.

I recommend that it be disbanded and replaced by an organisation staffed by people who can do the job properly.

The Conservative Party will not face a probe by the equalities watchdog over Islamophobia in its ranks after launching its own independent investigation into discrimination.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said an investigation “would not be proportionate” after the Tories published the terms of reference for the party’s own inquiry, which included specific mentions of Islamophobia.

But the terms were described as a “facade” by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which argued the Tories’ investigation was too narrow even compared to Labour’s much-criticised Chakrabarti inquiry into anti-Semitism.

The inquiry would “hide the hundreds of incidences of Islamophobic bigotry” in the Tory party identified by the MCB, it said.

Source: Tories Will Not Face Islamophobia Probe By Equalities Watchdog | HuffPost UK

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