Islamophobia in the Tory Party

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh (Peace, Blessings & Mercy of Allah be upon You).

This statement is being issued on the 31st of May 2018 and supersedes all previous statements on the subject.

We are writing to express our grave concerns regarding Islamophobia within the Conservative Party. We agree with, and back calls by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to undertake an independent enquiry into these allegations. Mr Harun Khan has given various examples of this, which has been disturbing and hurtful to the British Muslims, our email to Rt Hon. Brandon Lewis MP is as follows:

Rt Hon. Brandon Lewis MP
Chairman, Conservative Party
House of Commons,
London, SW1A 0A

Dear Rt Hon. Mr. Lewis,

We are writing to express our grave concerns regarding Islamophobia within the Conservative Party. We agree with, and back calls by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to undertake an independent enquiry into these allegations. Mr Harun Khan has given various examples of this, which has been disturbing and hurtful to the British Muslims;

http://www.mcb.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BrandonLewis_ConservativeChair-Islamophobia_30May2018-Email.pdf

The blatant Islamophobia during the 2016 London Mayoral campaign was similarly deeply disturbing and or communities are still reeling from it. We noted the words of Baroness Sayeeda Warsi with alarm about a ‘simmering underbelly of Islamophobia’ within the Conservative Party.

It’s time for your party to take concrete steps in addressing Islamophobia and eradicate these poisonous elements within the party.

British Muslims look forward to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely,

Wifaqul Ulama

General advice:

Send an email to Rt Hon. Brandon Lewis MP supporting the call for an indepedent enquiry, he can be reached at [email protected]. Please cc your email to [email protected] and [email protected].

Your email can simply state:

Rt Hon. Brandon Lewis MP
Chairman, Conservative Party
House of Commons,
London, SW1A 0A

Dear Rt Hon. Mr. Lewis,

I fully support the calls for the Conservative Party to begin an independent enquiry into Islamophobia.

It’s time for your party to take concrete steps in addressing Islamophobia and eradicate these poisonous elements within the party.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely,

Your full Name

Your full Address


Response (26th of June 2018)

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your email.

Muslims are an important part of the British identity. Anti-Muslim discrimination undermines society from within, and there is absolutely no place for it in this country or in the Conservative Party.

Our Party takes all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and has a clear and fully transparent process to investigate complaints made to it under the Party’s Code of Conduct.

Since becoming Chairman I have been very clear that anyone who believes that they have suffered from discrimination or abuse, or who has witnessed such acts by someone in the Party, should come forward and lodge a formal complaint under the Code. I have ensured that there is a dedicated email address: [email protected] and a direct telephone line: 0207 984 8050 where a member of the team will be able to help.

When cases have been reported centrally the Conservative Party has consistently acted decisively, suspending or expelling those involved and launching an immediate investigation. In addition, the swift action we take on not just anti-Muslim discrimination, but discrimination of any kind is testament to the seriousness with which we take such issues.

I appreciate you taking the time to write to me regarding this matter.

Yours sincerely,

THE RT. HON. BRANDON LEWIS MP

Chairman of the Conservative Party


MCB disappointed with the Conservative response

Tories accused of turning blind eye to Islamophobia in the Party amid fresh new revelations

26 June 2018

Amid fresh new revelations of Islamophobia, the Conservative Party is accused of turning a blind eye on the issue as it ignores widespread calls for an independent inquiry.

The Muslim Council of Britain has once again formally written to the Conservative Party demanding a wide-ranging inquiry into Islamophobia in the Party.

Given the lack of response or even acknowledgement of the first letter, sent almost a month ago, the Council suggests that the Conservatives are turning a blind eye to the mounting evidence and ignoring calls for an independent inquiry.

The initial letter outlined a significant body of evidence demonstrating “weekly occurrences of Islamophobia” within the Party, as well as apparent negligence of the Party to act after the London Mayoral campaign and the actions of Bob Blackman MP.

In the intervening period, fresh new revelations include ongoing “weekly occurrences of Islamophobia” from candidates and representatives of the Conservative Party; the discovery of how vice-Chair Ben Bradley dismissed Islamophobia and appeared to have attempted to cover this up; lived experiences of Muslim members, candidates and representatives; and evidence suggesting a senior government minister had “extreme” views on Muslims.

The letter cites support for an inquiry from mosques, students, senior Muslim peers, Muslim organisations, the Conservative Muslim Forum, Jewish groups, Conservative Home and editorials from The Times and The Observer.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB said: “We earnestly hope that the Conservative Party addresses concerns of Islamophobia with the seriousness it deserves. The true extent of the problem can only be achieved via an independent inquiry.”


MCB Response to Boris Johnson’s Comments on the Niqab

We agree with, and back calls by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to undertake an independent enquiry into these allegations.

6 August 2018

Boris Johnson rightly opposes the Danish ban on the niqab but denigrates the minority of women who choose to wear it. He described them as looking like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers” – in language that would not be used about other faiths.

His comments are particularly regrettable in this current climate, where Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred is becoming worryingly pervasive with disappointingly little action from this current government. Muslim women bear the brunt of hate on the streets. Just this week, two people were jailed for torturing a Muslim convert and a bookshop was attacked by Islamophobes.

Mr Johnson’s comments come at a time when he reportedly met Donald Trump’s former right-hand man Steve Bannon.

We need responsibility and action from our politicians, not pandering to the far-right. Mr Johnson’s comments also underscores the Muslim Council of Britain’s call for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. Such crass commentary should have no place in our political discourse.