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Government rejects controversial definition of Islamophobia after warning from terror police

The Government has rejected a controversial official definition of Islamophobia after a warning from police that anti-terrorist operations would be undermined.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims wanted to define it to tackle what it called a “social evil”.

But a government spokesman has now said the wording needed to be re-examined.

The u-turn comes just hours after it emerged the leader of Britain’s police chiefs, Martin Hewitt, said that defining Islamophobia risked heightening community tensions and could hinder counterterrorist policing powers and tactics.

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