Say No to Islamophobia
Say No to Islamophobia

During this Islamophobia Awareness Month, the Government has shamefully reversed its position on developing a definition of Islamophobia after years of promises.  This is why I wrote a letter to Michael Gove along with my colleague, Shadow Faith Minister Sarah Owen, about this issue.

Read my letter in full by clicking here.

I wrote a piece for Politics Home about the Government’s lack of action to fight Islamophobia in our society.  The Government have yet to carry out an independent investigation of Islamophobia and Michael Gove has scrapped all plans for a government definition of Islamophobia.  This all shows the Government’s shockingly complacent attitude towards fighting Islamophobia in our country.

Read my piece in full here.

Then, I hosted an Islamophobia Awareness Month drop-in.  It was great to see cross-party support on this important subject as we pledge to say no to Islamophobia.  I believe that, together, we can tackle Islamophobia in the UK and worldwide.

I asked the Commons Leader for an urgent debate in Government on Islamophobia because the Government have failed to produce a definition of Islamophobia after 3 years of promises.

Take a look below:

I took part in an interview for That’s Manchester to highlight the real life implications for British Muslims of Islamophobia, whether it’s online or in the workplace or in education.

Watch my interview below:

I chaired a report launch looking at British Muslim prison leavers.  I believe it is essential that there is a system that reduces reoffending but also addresses rehabilitation and social inequalities.

My friend and human rights activist, Benedict Rogers, and I came together as a Christian Conservative and a Muslim Labour MP to appeal against religious hatred and for religious freedom.

You can read more about this by clicking here.

I concluded Islamophobia Awareness Month by asking the Government the status of the Islamophobia inquiry that was ordered in January. The Government is choosing to not define Islamophobia and the Tories continue to pretend this is not an increasing and serious issue.

Take a look at what else I have done this Islamophobia Awareness Month by clicking the links below:

To read about my first 10 days, click here.

To read about the second 10 days, click here.

Despite Islamophobia Awareness Month coming to an end, Islamophobia is an ongoing issue in the UK and across the world.  It is vital that this issue is not ignored.  I will continue to raise awareness about Islamophobia and press the Government to take urgent action in tackling hate crimes against Muslims in the UK.

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