Tuesday 28 May 2019 / 1:43 PM Naz Shah

Naz Shah responds to Muslim Council letter calling for an inquiry into Tory Islamophobia

Naz Shah MP, Labour’s Shadow Equalities Minister, responding to the Muslim Council of Britain’s letter, which calls for an inquiry into Islamophobia, said:

“The letter of complaint from the MCB today highlights the deep-rooted nature of Islamophobia within the Conservative party. The countless evidenced examples and failure to swiftly deal with the problems shows us how the problem is not just about a few members sharing hateful views, but about institutionalised Islamophobia that exists right at the top and trickles all the way down.

“Only a few weeks ago, the Conservative party ignored calls from large sections of the Muslim community to adopt the APPG definition of Islamophobia, and instead decided it should be down to two experts to draw up a definition for British Muslims. Those experts should instead start to draw up the terms of reference for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative party.”