Last week’s local election results saw Labour make significant net gains against the Tories – and an unseemly scramble by the Tory party to scrape any piece of ‘good’ news it could, including the reinstatement of two people suspended for blatant racist comments – one for a vile ‘joke‘ about brown-skinned immigrants and another for offences including an extreme comment about Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Dawn Butler.
The Tories have serious problems with racism in their party, including islamophobia – but calls by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) for an inquiry into islamophobia in the Conservative party have so far been ignored.
On Sunday, Tory vice-chair Paul Scully appeared on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show to answer for the reinstatements – and, when challenged by Dawn Foster to say whether the call for an inquiry would be heeded, he claimed that the party ‘will always listen to the Muslim Council‘:
The MCB’s calls appear to have fallen on deaf ears so far, so this will be news to many. Now that Scully has committed the party to pay attention, the SKWAWKBOX will be looking forward to an imminent announcement that the Tories’ serious racism issues will be honestly addressed and dealt with.
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