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The Tories have let Boris off the hook – and in doing so proven the party is riddled with Islamophobia

According to an independent panel investigation, it is now perfectly reasonable – or actually “tolerant” and “respectful” – to incite hatred against women because of how they choose to dress. This is the message Muslim women have received from yesterday’s decision to clear Boris Johnson of breaching the Conservative Party’s Code of Conduct in a Telegraph article, where he compared those who wear the face veil to bank robbers and letter boxes. Read more

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Over 300 Muslim Scholars call for an investigation of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party

Muslims Scholars Demand Investigation of Islamophobia within the Conservative Party More than 300 British Imam and Muslim Public figure have written a joint letter asking the investigation of Islamophobia within the Conservative Party. While they welcome the investigation initiated by the Conservative Party on Boris Johnson’s comments, a full investigation within the party is required. In total over 1,000 signatures have been collected within 24 hours and include some of the most senior Imams and committee members of significant Mosques. They are concerned with the increase in Islamophobia and state it has become mainstream. The normalisation of hatred against Muslims need challenging and they call upon the Conservative to start an inquiry of their Party. The signatories that included people across England and various schools of thought state, if the Conservative party fails to take action it will signal that Islamophobia is acceptable. Read more

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If Theresa May doesn’t call out Boris Johnson, her message to the Muslim community will be heard loud and clear

There is a “simmering underbelly of Islamophobia” in the Tory party. That’s what the former chair of the Conservatives recently told the Home Affairs Select Committee. Baroness Warsi has continued to speak out on this for years, with marked bravery and dignity in the face of abuse and stonewalling. We now know that this issue of Islamophobia has repeatedly been raised within the party, and to date Theresa May has done nothing. As for her party chair Brandon Lewis? He has done just as little. Read more

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Boris Johnson’s contempt for Muslim women is part of a dangerous pattern

On Monday, in a column in the Daily Telegraph, Boris Johnson compared fully veiled Muslim women to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”. Thankfully, both the prime minister Theresa May and the Conservative party chair Brandon Lewis have asked Johnson to apologise. Others in my party and in the media have seen fit to defend him. I’d like to set out precisely why his remarks are indefensible, and have no place in the modern Conservative party – and the action I think needs to follow. Read more

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Boris Johnson accused of ‘dog-whistle’ Islamophobia over burqa comments

Boris Johnson has been accused of “dog-whistle” Islamophobia by a former Conservative chair after he compared Muslim women in burqas to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers.” Sayeeda Warsi said the lack of action by the party over Johnson’s comments showed it was “business as usual.” Labour demanded that the Conservative chair, Brandon Lewis, refer the former foreign secretary for mandatory equalities training, amid renewed calls for the party to open an independent investigation into Islamophobia in the party. Read more