Muslim Haringey councillors and members say they were denied 15 minutes to break their Ramadan fast by senior councillor and accused of ‘weaponising’ their religion
A senior Haringey councillor challenging London’s only black council leader as part of a ‘racist coup‘ is the subject of complaints to the Labour Party over ‘Islamophobia and racism’ after denying Muslim councillors and members a 15-minute break from a meeting of the council’s Labour group to break their Ramadan fast of over 17 hours – and accusing them of ‘weaponising’ their religion when they complained.
Cllr Pat Berryman, who is secretary of Haringey council’s Labour group, sent an email to a complainant when he messaged councillors about the issue:
And the same member alleges that Berryman also accused him of ‘playing the race card’ for complaining that tweets by a right-wing former councillor comparing council leader Joe Ejiofor to a chimpanzee and an African dictator were racist:
The limp response of London Labour – which has intervened to protect councillors accused of racism, including one suspended over threatening messages to the borough’s elderly Jewish mayor – to the behaviour of right-wing Labour councillors in Haringey has been so poor that the Muslim member has questioned whether he and other ethnic minority members have a place in the party:
Labour members in the Borough have strongly backed Ejiofor, with several votes passed supporting him. Attempts to blame Ejiofor and his team for development contracts in the area have been misplaced, as the council has been saddled with contracts already signed by Haringey’s previous, right-dominated regime.
Berryman has mounted a leadership challenge against the popular Joe Ejiofor, London’s only black council leader, which if successul would also mean the removal of Seema Chandwani as deputy council leader.
Cllr Berryman has been contacted for comment.
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