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.
The investigation, reported by ITV News, says 59% of Muslims do not feel well represented by the party and 37% said they witnessed Islamophobia directly within the party.
The ITV news report included examples reported by the investigation.
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.
“It hurts to feel like I experienced that sort of abuse from a party member and it not only took a year for them to get back to me, but the complaint was lost,” Milani said.
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.”
Source: Anadolu Agency