LONDON – Tories face Islamophobia probe calls

The Conservative party has a ‘systemic’ problem with Islamophobia, according to the Muslim Council of Britain, which has recommended that the governing party face an independent inquiry into its attitudes towards Muslims.

While Boris Johnson’s party has been quick to accuse Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party of becoming institutionally anti-Semitic, the Tories have long faced claims that they have their own racism problem.

The MCB report details of dozens of incidents of Conservative councillors or representatives allegedly sharing Islamophobic content online, as well as an MP, Karl McCartney, retweeting posts by Tommy Robinson, former leader of the English Defence League, a racist fringe group.

In response, the Conservative party has said that it “consistently takes decisive action to deal with any incidents of hatred, abuse or intimidation”.

(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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