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Jeremy Corbyn demands inquiry into ‘Tory Islamophobia’ after Home Secretary refuses to back one

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Jeremy Corbyn has demanded an inquiry into claims of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.

The Labour leader called for the probe during a visit to a mosque last night – after the Tory Home Secretary refused to back one.

It comes after the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) called for an investigation into candidates who were accused of far-right connections or sending offensive tweets.

Despite the idea winning the backing of Tory peer Baroness Warsi, Home Secretary Sajid Javid says he is “suspicious” of the MCB’s idea.

Mr Corbyn said last night: “I think if there are allegations made then an inquiry should be held and it should be addressed and it should be dealt with.

“Islamophobia, as with anti-Semitism, as with any other form of racism, has no place whatsoever in our society or in any of our political parties.

“Nobody should be condoning it, nobody should be hiding it, everybody should be exposing it.”

Mr Corbyn’s call, at a post-Ramadan meal, came hours after a Tory councillor was suspended over tweets which appeared to back imprisoning Muslims.

Speaking at London’s Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, Mr Corbyn highlighted rising hate crime and said: “Let’s dedicate ourselves, during Ramadan , to say we will drive out Islamophobia from our society.”

However, the opposition leader has himself come under pressure over allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party .

He was accused of failing to crack down on anti-Semites during a protest in Parliament square while Prime Minister Theresa May accused him of allowing it to “run rife”.

The Labour leader at Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in London

Corbyn has himself come under pressure over anti-Semitism in Labour

The MCB’s general secretary Harun Khan last week wrote to the Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis, saying there had been “more than weekly occurrences of Islamophobia” by Tory figures in April.

Mr Khan also highlighted Tory MP Zac Goldsmith’s “shocking” ‘dog whistle’ campaign against Muslim Sadiq Khan to become mayor of London in 2016.

Rejecting the calls, Mr Javid told the BBC the MCB did not represents Muslims in the UK.

Tory Home Secretary Sajid Javid has dismissed calls for an investigation

He added: “I would be very suspicious of anything that they’ve got to say, not least because under the last Labour government and a policy continued by us, we don’t deal with the MCB.

“We don’t deal with it because too many of their members have had, you know, comments on extremists and that’s not acceptable.”

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