Source: Labour List UK
Labour has said that it is “not surprising” that a new HOPE not hate poll shows that 47% of Conservative Party members think Islam is a threat to the British way of life given the Prime Minister’s history of Islamophobic remarks.
Responding to the research today, Labour called on Boris Johnson to “initiate a genuinely independent and transparent investigation” into anti-Muslim racism in his party following accusations that a current inquiry has been watered down.
The research from the anti-racism charity, which was submitted to the Conservatives’ inquiry into “all forms of racism including Islamophobia”, also indicated that a majority of party members held negative attitudes towards Muslims.
Commenting on the new findings, shadow faith minister Janet Daby said: “These are very distressing figures. British Muslims have the right to live without the fear of Islamophobic hate and prejudice.
“This is a question of leadership. Given Boris Johnson’s own disparaging comments about Muslims, it is perhaps not surprising that Islamophobia is so prevalent in his party.