Theresa May is under growing pressure to investigate Islamophobia in the Conservative party after a top Tory peer echoed calls made this week by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and Sayeeda Warsi. But it isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill, dominate, conquer, subjugate, and convert you.
The Guardian (h/t Marvin W) Mohamed Sheikh said an independent inquiry was required to “show we will not tolerate any form of discrimination within our own party.” His call comes after the MCB accused the Tories of failing to take the issue seriously.
Sayeeda Warsi, the party’s former Muslim chair, has said the failure was “embarrassing” for the party and that her calls over the past two years had gone unheeded.
She said she had spent more than two years trying and failing to get her successors and Theresa May to engage with the problem, and warned that the Tories faced a wider institutional problem of Islamophobia.
In an open letter to the prime minister, Lord Sheikh said Muslim voters “cannot bring themselves to vote Conservative because they simply do not believe the Conservative party can and will support Muslims.”
His letter highlighted a number of incidents, including the “smear campaign” conducted by Zac Goldsmith against Sadiq Khan before the 2016 London mayoral election.
Goldsmith’s decision to label his Labour rival as a “‘terrorist sympathiser’ was an absolute disgrace, even for the most ardent Conservative supporter – Muslim or not. Such conduct not only embarrassed the party but alienated many Conservative members from the campaign, and voters,” Sheikh wrote.
Attempts to raise the issue with Goldsmith, Conservative party chiefs and then prime minister David Cameron were “ignored”, he said.