Theresa May Ignores Widespread Islamophobia In Her Party, Says Former Tory Co-Chair
A former co-chair of the conservative party has said that the “poison” of Islamophobia is “very widespread” between the Tories but is being “deliberately ignored” by the party leaders.

Baroness Warsi, who served as Cameron’s minister without portfolio, told Business Insider: “[Islamophobia] is very widespread [in the Conservative Party]. It exists right from the grassroots, all the way up to the top,” she said.

“I don’t think it’s something that Theresa is a part of, but I do believe it is something the leadership feels can be easily ignored.” she added.

Warsi said Tory leaders are not taking the problem seriously because “they don’t think it is going to damage them because that community doesn’t vote for them in any great numbers.”

Last week, the National Union of Students, an organization representing students across the UK, has backed the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Muslim Conservative Forum in calling for an investigation into Islamophobia within the Conservative party.

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Several sitting Tory MPs, as well as dozens of Tory councillors, were members of the closed Facebook group that has been exposed as containing Islamophobic, homophobic and racist comments about public figures including Sadiq Khan, Diane Abbott and anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.

In the wake of a series of stories about Conservative politicians making and sharing Islamophobic messages on social media, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn also called for an inquiry into allegations of Islamophobia within the Conservative party.

The allegations included a Conservative MP accused of sharing Islamophobic messages on social media, a Conservative councillor sharing a post about “Muslim parasites” and a Conservative candidate suggesting people hang bacon from their door handles to protect their homes from terrorists.

“I think if there are allegations made then an inquiry should be held and it should be addressed and it should be dealt with,” Corbyn told the Press Association.

“Let’s dedicate ourselves, during Ramadan, to say we will drive out Islamophobia from our society.” Corbyn added.

In his letter to the PM, another Conservative peer, Lord Sheikh demanded an investigation into Islamophobia in the Conservative party.

Sheikh wrote: “I call on you as the prime minister to take the following two steps immediately. Firstly, set up an independent inquiry – we must investigate instances of Islamophobic conduct and isolate them swiftly.”

“Secondly the prime minister should reach out to all outreach groups of the Conservative Party such as the Conservative Muslim Forum and actively engage in dialogue.”

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