Friday 8 November 2019 / 6:46 PM Uncategorised

Boris Johnson backtracks on inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party – Afzal Khan

Afzal Khan, Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister, responding to Boris Johnson backtracking on an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, said:

“This decision is a spectacular betrayal of Muslim people across our country and yet another broken promise from Boris Johnson.

“Johnson promised he would hold an independent inquiry into Islamophobia when he stood to become Conservative Party leader. And on Tuesday, Michael Gove said this inquiry would start by the end of the year. But now Johnson has shamelessly decided to drop the probe into Islamophobia in his party, even though polls show a majority of Conservative members hold racist and Islamophobic views.

“Coming from someone whose own comments about Muslim women looking like ‘bank robbers’ and ‘letter boxes’ resulted in a 375% rise in anti-Muslim hate crime, perhaps Johnson was concerned the findings might make uncomfortable reading.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Boris Johnson has told

@bbcnottingham

that there now won’t be a specific inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative party. Instead, there will be a “general investigation into prejudice of all kinds.” https://twitter.com/petesaull/status/1192825225815240711

  • Today Programme (Tuesday 5th November 2019) – Martha Kearney: Are you in your manifesto going to put the commitment to having an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in your party? Michael Gove: We will have an independent inquiry into Islamophobia and it will be established before the end of the year, absolutely.