On 7th December, I spoke in the House of Commons in a debate on tackling Islamophobia, highlighting the need for leadership on this issue at a domestic level.

In Britain, most victims of religious hate crime are Muslim, and since 7th October, there has been a 600% spike in Islamophobic hate crime.  To tackle Islamophobia, we need a clear, community-endorsed definition of Islamophobia. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims, of which I’m a member, developed an expert definition in 2018 which has been adopted across political parties, councils, trade unions and community groups across the country, but has been outright rejected by the Conservative Government.

Time and time again, the Conservatives neglect to address Islamophobia, be it in wider British society or within its own ranks. The longer the Conservatives stay in Government, the longer we have no leadership and no action on Islamophobia. My constituents, and British Muslims across the country, deserve better.

To watch my full contribution, click here, and read my full speech here.

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