Monday 8 July 2019 / 3:21 PM Dawn Butler / Women and Equalities

Dawn Butler responds to Hope Not Hate poll on Islamophobia among Tory members

Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, responding to a Hope Not Hate poll showing high levels of Islamophobia among Conservative Party members, said:

“This poll shows that Islamophobia and racism are ingrained among some Conservative Party members. It is worrying that the people choosing our next Prime Minister hold these views.

“Boris Johnson has a lot to answer for – both because of his own record of racism and Islamophobia, including just last year comparing Muslim women to ‘bank robbers’ and ‘letterboxes’, and because of the likelihood that these Tory Party members will vote for him as leader. He should be held to account for it and have the decency to apologise.

“Johnson has already broken his promise on holding an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, but anything short of that will be an insult to anyone who believes in fighting racism of all kinds and particularly Muslim communities, and will compound the hurt and anguish that is already being felt in our country.”