Conservatives promise 'zero tolerance' on anti-Muslim bigotry after controversies and resignations
By Barfi Culture Team
2nd May 2018

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has promised the UK Conservative party will take a "zero tolerance" approach to bigotry after meeting with party chair Brandon Lewis.

Her promise came after the Tories were engulfed in a series of embarrassing revelations about their local election candidates.

  • Yesterday, a Conservative candidate for Lewisham Council, Karen Sunderland, was suspended after it emerged she had called Islam "the new Nazism" on social media.

  • Another Tory local election candidate was sacked after complaining about "retards" and declaring "it’s bleeding f***ing Karachi round here" outside an Asian shop.

  • In Enfield (London) a Tory candidate was suspended after posting photos of bacon on a door handle as a way to 'protect your house from terrorism'.

  • A Conservative town mayor in Wokingham resigned after it emerged he had 'liked' a Page by far-right leader Tommy Robinson.

  • All of that surfaced in just the last week.

    There's little doubt this anti-Muslim bigotry is inciting violence. This week a court heard that a Muslim mother was knocked unconscious in front of her terrified young children during a racist attack. Kellie Cooke told Hamman Hamood to "go back to your own country" and tried to pull of her headscarf.

    Baroness Sayeeda Warsi tweeted about meeting the party chair yesterday:

    But why was it left to Ms Warsi to tweet out the reassurance and not given by Brandon Lewis MP himself?

    Miqdaad Versi of the Muslim Council of Britain said in response: "Positive to see assurance that all Islamophobia will be investigated by the party."

    He added: "However, with no action against Goldsmith (other than promoting him), no action against Blackman (other than PM campaigning with him) & no engagement with Muslim groups, can only hope..."

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