Party does not take Islamophobia seriously, 44 per cent believe
Over one-third of Muslim members and supporters of British Labour Party have witnessed Islamophobia within the party, according to a new investigation. A report by the Labour Muslim Network (LMN) said 44% of those who were surveyed believe that the party does not take Islamophobia seriously and almost half of them lost confidence in its complaints structure.
59 per cent Muslim do not feel well presented in the labour party
The investigation, says 59% of Muslims do not feel well represented by the party and 37% said they witnessed Islamophobia directly within the party. Ali Milani, who stood as a candidate in Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the last general election, claimed that a fellow party member told him Muslims could not be MPs because of “their propensity to violence” and asked if he was a terrorist.
Islamophobia is unnoticed , Labour Muslim Network
Afzal Khan, MP for Manchester Gorton and the parliamentary chair of the Labour Muslim Network, said Islamophobia within the Labour party has gone “unnoticed” and “deserved immediate attention.” “Whilst the Labour Party has enjoyed the overwhelming support of the Muslim community for decades, we cannot take their support for granted,” Khan wrote. “The Labour Party must commit to a zero tolerance of Islamophobia and rebuild confidence with its Muslim members.”
A shocking report, Muslim Council of Britain
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said the report was “shocking” and urged the party to act immediately. A council spokesperson said: “Islamophobia is prevalent across British society but when it is within political parties who are our representatives and who decide on policy, it is all the more dangerous. “That is why this new report is deeply concerning. It shows shocking levels of Islamophobia within the Labour Party, and a distrust amongst Muslim members of the leadership’s willingness to take this type of racism seriously. “Now that the problem has been clearly exposed, we hope to see the leadership demonstrating no tolerance for any form of racism by listening to the party’s members, and acting immediately, decisively and effectively, starting by adopting the report’s recommendations.
The Home Office figures released in October 2020 showed that the highest number of recorded hate crime offenses committed in the UK were against Muslims. Islamophobia is when Muslims are the victims of attacks just because of their religion.