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#ToryIslamophobia update – there have been a number of major developments today but for those not following closely, I have collated them to demonstrate the scale of the issue.
We had front pages in the Guardian and Independent referring to the scale of the issue after Baroness Warsi said the Conservative Party had an institutional problem with Islamophobia, before the Today programme and Politics Live covering the issue.
One of the cases highlighted earlier this week, which was covered on @Channel4News yesterday was that of former Tory council leader Mr Bowles who RTed a message hailing Tommy Robinson. It was confirmed that he was suspended today. independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…
Former Conservative MPs Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen (now @TheIndGroup) came out in support of Baroness @SayeedaWarsi – the former supported the call for an inquiry and the latter agreed the Party was institutionally Islamophobic.
In East Staffordshire, it was uncovered that a councillor was suspended for sharing a post of Sadiq Khan being murdered, but the local Mayor who liked the post is refusing to answer any questions and remains in post.
Tory councillors in East Staffordshire quit over Islamophobia row bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
The Mayor has resigned from the Conservative Party but remains Mayor apparently.
A Conservative councillor who shared disturbing images comparing Muslim women & children to rubbish from Britain First and Pegida supporters, was reinstated into the Party.
This is despite the individual having continued to share deeply sexist imagery as recently as last week. (not sharing image as deeply inappropriate)
Throughout all of this, the culture of denial continues. Nicky Morgan claimed the Party “absolutely” does not have a problem with Islamophobia because of what happens in her constituency
Brandon Lewis sent a letter where he claimed that action was being taken swiftly, and Baroness Warsi highlighted how there was nothing new in this letter and it appears to be a PR exercise
"Wow. I just heard @nadhimzahawi who is not Muslim, say he doesn’t think the Conservative party has an endemic problem with Islamophobia because he has never experienced it 🙄" from @afuahirsch

Owen Paterson was surprised that the issue of Islamophobia in the Party was even being raised
Another new case has emerged - no action has yet been taken:

And another new case has emerged - again no action has yet been taken

James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) covered this topic on LBC today

"James O'Brien's Proof That The Media Are Ignoring Tory Islamophobia" lbc.co.uk/radio/presente…
The Guardian's @Freedland wrote an opinion piece

The Tories are tough on Islamophobia? What a joke
Peter Oborne @OborneTweets wrote an opinion piece on this as well

Britain needs a full inquiry into the poison of Islamophobia inside the Conservative Party middleeasteye.net/opinion/britai…
A video of @mrjamesob highlighting the issue, has been put together by @evolvepolitics

Apologies for adding but some new important additions - @sarahwollaston has joined Heidi Allen and Anna Soubry in supporting @SayeedaWarsi

New story: Tories are prejudiced against Islam, says council candidate theguardian.com/politics/2019/…
Shaun Bailey, the Conservative party’s London mayoral candidate, told the council candidate to “suck it up” when he wanted to raise discrimination! Silencing complaints is totally unacceptable.

Yet another Tory MP (Mark Francois) who has said that there is no Islamophobia in the Conservative Party as they have a Muslim Home Secretary #Peston

Crisis? What crisis? Senior Tories shrug off Islamophobia warning theguardian.com/politics/2019/…
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