LONDON – Equalities boss suspended by Labour

The former UK equality watchdog chief, Trevor Phillips, has had his membership of the opposition Labour Party suspended over allegations of Islamophobia, it was reported on Monday (9 March). 

The ex-chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, is being investigated over remarks he made about Pakistani Muslim men sexually abusing children in northern British towns, and about the number of Muslims to wear poppies for Remembrance Sunday.

He was one of a group of public figures who signed a public letter ahead of last year’s general election stating that they could not back the Labour party because of its failure to tackle anti-Semitism in the party. (Benjamin Fox |

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