04 JUN 2018

CMF considers an independent enquiry into Islamophobia essential

The Executive Committee of the Conservative Muslim Forum met earlier today.

It unanimously resolved to send an open letter to the Leader of the Party, which is reproduced below.

Letter to the Leader of the Conservative Party

4 June 2018

Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Leader
The Conservative Party
Conservative Campaign Headquarters
4 Matthew Parker Street
London
SW1H 9HQ

Dear Mrs May

As you will know, last week the Muslim Council of Britain called upon our Party to hold an independent inquiry into Islamophobia (generally understood to mean anti-Muslim hatred and anti-Muslim prejudice) within the Party.

Since then, Conservative peers The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi and Lord Sheikh have supported the request for such an inquiry.

The Conservative Muslim Forum (CMF) avoided any public comment until the Executive Committee was able to meet, which it did earlier this evening. The Executive Committee unanimously concluded that it is essential that the Party should hold such an inquiry and resolved to send you this open letter.

We will be happy to provide any assistance that the inquiry may require.

Yours sincerely

Mohammed Amin
Chairman
Conservative Muslim Forum

Sources mentioned in the above letter

Muslim Council of Britain's letter

The Muslim Council of Britain's letter to the Party Chairman can be found on the MCB website at this link.

Lord Sheikh's letter

Lord Sheikh's open letter can be found on the Guardian newspaper website at this link.

The Annex to Lord Sheikh's letter contains a number of links. We have reproduced that Annex here so that readers can follow the links.

Annex of media coverage on the Muslim Council of Britain's call for an urgent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative party

Includes all the main news sites, with the Independent starting last night, breaking the story & Guardian ending today finding examples of Tories who have personally experienced this - more coming tomorrow

Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/islamophobia-tory-party-uk-conservatives-muslims-inquiry-a8376516.html?amp&__twitter_impression=true

and

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/conservatives-islamophobia-labour-antisemitism-racism-party-mps-corbyn-may-a8377856.html?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Telegraph

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/05/31/tories-urged-launch-independent-inquiry-islamophobia/

Mirror

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/muslim-council-britain-calls-tories-12625235

Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/31/muslim-council-calls-for-inquiry-into-conservative-party-islamophobia

and

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/31/muslim-leaders-urge-investigation-into-tory-islamophobia-claims

and

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/31/inferred-wasnt-british-tory-members-tell-islamophobia

Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/458440c4-64e2-11e8-9092-dbb5f656af2a

Politics Home

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/social-affairs/discrimination/news/95589/major-muslim-group-accuses-tories-failing-act

Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5790755/Muslim-Council-Britain-demands-inquiry-Tory-Islamophobia.html

Reuters

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-politics-conservatives/tories-urged-by-muslim-group-to-tackle-islamophobia-idUKKCN1IW0XD

Sun

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6418861/jeremy-corbyn-has-anti-semitic-views-says-jewish-leader-which-could-drive-jews-out-of-britain-if-he-becomes-pm/

Broadcast - all the main news channels

BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44311092

and

https://twitter.com/VictoriaLIVE/status/1002110853515128832

Sky

https://news.sky.com/story/muslim-council-of-britain-calls-for-inquiry-into-tory-islamophobia-11390371

ITV

http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/tory-islamophobia-claims

and

https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1002077077057646592

LBC

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/uk/muslim-council-of-britain-calls-for-inquiry-i/

and

https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/iain-dale/baroness-warsi-prepared-inquiry-tory-islamophobia/

View comments

This subject is long overdue and senior leadership of the Conservative Party must investigate thoroughly and its findings published as soon as the enquiry is complete. I appreciate Chairman Conservative Muslim Forum for raising this matter with Teresa May Leader of the Party. One thing I can assure Conservatives that if they continue this bad practice within their ranks this Party will be extinct soon as far as Muslim votes are concerned. Few token Muslim names in this group will not be able to rescue this ship from an impending political disaster in waiting. Ordinary workers and the the whole Muslim community at large is badly experiencing this issue since Conservatives have come into power in recent years. We need a full root and branch overhaul right from an Association to Conservative HQ London. Hope senior leadership will review their practices and do something about it sooner than later.
- Shakil Rehman

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