Four Muslim Labour Mps Received Suspicious Packages And Anti-Muslim Letters
The package contained a “sticky substance” that the police had described as “low-level noxious”

Four Muslim Labour MPs have received suspicious packages in Parliament within 48 hours, including copies of a so-called “Punish a Muslim” letter that advocates violent acts against Muslims.

Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq and Manchester Gorton MP Afzhal Khan were both sent suspicious items on Tuesday.

Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow) and Mohammad Yasin (Bedford) were also among those to have been targeted.

Ms Ali said she had opened a “threatening letter” on Monday calling for attacks on Muslims.

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One of Ms Huq’s staff has been taken to hospital after opening the letter, which the MP said contained a “sticky substance” that the police had described as “low-level noxious”. The staff was later discharged.

Rupa Huq, Labour MP for Ealing, with a copy of the letter she posted on her Twitter account (Photo: Rupa Huq/Twitter)

Three police officers and five paramedics attended after Yasin’s staff reported the earlier package, and a man and a woman were also taken to hospital as a precaution.

“The substance contained in it was deemed not to be hazardous to health,” a Met police spokesman said on Monday: “The incident, which was contained to one room, has been stood down.”

“It is horrible though, it’s really very frightening, it is to put the frighteners on us but we won’t be cowed,” Ms Huq said: “I’m sure I won’t be the last and I’m sure this is part of a pattern of targeting Muslim MPs. Among my colleagues, people have shown support but they are outraged.”

The letters have been found in the Norman Shaw north building in Westminster, which houses MPs’ offices and is linked by a walkway to Portcullis House.

Formerly, Tell Mama UK, which monitors anti-Muslim hate crimes, said it had received reports of people in Bradford, Leicester, London, Cardiff and Sheffield getting “Punish a Muslim” letters.

Mr Khan said: “Clearly this is part of a pattern of Islamophobic behaviour with the ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters being sent to members of the public and to my fellow Muslim MPs”.

A spokesman for Theresa May said: “The Prime Minister is clear there is no space for racism, intimidation or extremism in the country or in parliament, so of course the reports are concerning.”

“The police are investigating this and it’s right we let them do so.” he added.

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