Boris Johnson dismisses criticism of Tory handling of Islamophobia

The Tories were accused of having a 'blind spot'

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Boris Johnson has dismissed criticism by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) of the Conservative Party's handling of Islamophobia.

The organisation said in a statement today that Islamophobia was “particularly acute” in within the party, accusing it of tackling the problem with “denial, dismissal and deceit”.

It continued: “It is abundantly clear to many Muslims that the Conservative Party tolerate Islamophobia, allow it to fester in society and fail to put in place the measures necessary to root out this type of racism.

“It is as if the Conservative Party has a blind spot for this type of racism.”

But the Prime Minister said he disagreed with the comments, adding that anyone in his ranks who is guilty of prejudice thrown out “first bounce”.

He said: “If anybody is convicted or anybody is done for Islamophobia or indeed any other prejudice or discrimination in the Conservative Party they're out first bounce.”

Mr Johnson committed to holding an inquiry into “all forms of prejudice” among Conservative members - despite having previously pledged to hold one specifically on Islamophobia.

Meanwhile, Britain's Chief Rabbi has criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, saying it was “incompatible” with British values.

Ephraim Mirvis urged people to “vote with their conscience” at the December 12 general election – warning that “the very soul of our nation is at stake”.

The MCB said it agreed with his observation that “some politicians have shown courage but too many have sat silent”.

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