Johnson met Nusrat Ghani to discuss Islamophobia allegations in 2020, No 10 reveals

1/23/2022 3:03:00 PM

Johnson met Nusrat Ghani to discuss Islamophobia allegations in 2020, No 10 reveals

Johnson met Nusrat Ghani to discuss Islamophobia allegations in 2020, No 10 reveals

Ms Ghani alleged she was told her Muslim faith was ‘making colleagues feel uncomfortable’

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With more pressure, or offers of a lucrative job I wonder. It needs investigating 🔎

Who is Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani?Ms Nusrat says she was sacked from her job because of her religion

Tory MP accuses whip of telling her she was fired because of her ‘Muslimness’Nusrat Ghani, the MP for Wealden, claims she lost her job as a transport minister in February 2020 because a government whip said her faith was 'making colleagues uncomfortable'.

Tory MP accuses whip of telling her she was fired because of her ‘Muslimness’Nusrat Ghani lost her job as a transport minister in a mini reshuffle in February 2020 following the resignation of Sajid Javid as chancellor. How strange that it has taken all this time for her to complain. Maybe she was not able to do her job!

Tory MP claims she was told she lost her job because of her ‘Muslimness’Chief whip Mark Spencer has denied making the comments to Nusrat Ghani saying the allegation is ‘defamatory’ I don’t know why her religion would even be an issue when there are several others in top positions in the government who are also Muslim. Typical ! I guess next it be the big payout.

Who is Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani?Ms Nusrat says she was sacked from her job because of her religion

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In her interview with The Sunday Times , however, Ms Ghani had suggested she had not pursued the matter at the time, after being warned she be “ostracised by colleagues” and her “career and reputation would be destroyed”.Cutting it: the female tailors shaking up Savile Row Ms Ghani stood in the 2010 general election for the seat of Birmingham Ladywood and lost, but was elected as Wealdon MP in 2015.The Sunday Times , Ms Ghani said that in a briefing afterwards with the whips, she was told that her ‘Muslimness’ had been raised as an issue at a meeting in Downing Street.The Sunday Times , Ms Ghani said that in a briefing afterwards with the whips, she was told that her ‘Muslimness’ had been raised as an issue at a meeting in Downing Street.

The former minister said she was shocked when the issue of her background and faith was raised during a meeting in the whips’ office after the mini-reshuffle in February 2020. “It was like being punched in the stomach. After winning the seat, Ms Ghani said: “As the nation wakes up the Conservatives look to be on the brink of returning to government. I felt humiliated and powerless,” she told the newspaper.’ A spokesman for the whips’ office said the allegations were ‘categorically untrue’ and that the Conservative Party did not tolerate racism or discrimination. The alleged remarks brought immediate condemnation from her colleagues on the backbenches and also led to calls for an investigation, including from cabinet minister Nadhim Zahawi, who said there was “no place for Islamophobia or any form of racism” in the party. Our party has taken bold steps and you have put your trust in us to finish the job. Emily Thornberry , a Labour frontbencher, also demanded the Conservatives hold an an independent inquiry into Islamophobia after the explosive claims, claiming the party “just don’t take Islamophobia in their midst seriously”. ‘When I challenged whether this was in any way acceptable and made clear there was little I could do about my identity, I had to listen to a monologue on how hard it was to define when people are being racist and that the party doesn’t have a problem and I needed to do more to defend it.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Raab, the deputy prime minister and justice secretary, described the allegations — denied by the chief whip, Mark Spencer— as “incredibly serious”, but said a formal complaint had to be submitted before an investigation is launched. A Brexiteer Ms Ghani in 2016 told the BBC: “Britain has a chance to vote for a bold, positive future as an independent country in control of its own destiny. ‘It was very clear to me that the whips and No 10 were holding me to a higher threshold of loyalty than others because of my background and faith. “I’ve looked at that allegation and seen what she’s said, it is incredibly serious,” he said. “Let me just be clear at the outset we have absolutely zero tolerance for any discrimination or Islamophobia in the Conservative Party”.” Ms Ghani was appointed assistant whip and transport minister in 2018 under Theresa May. “On the specific allegations, it’s very unusual that the chief whip has come out and said the conversation concerned was with him, Mark Spencer, and he has categorically denied in the what can only be described as the most forthright and robust terms. Ministerial roles are appointed on merit and rewards for hard work.” After Ms Ghani’s interview in The Sunday Times, Mr Spencer, the chief whip, took the unusual step of outing himself as the individual who spoke to the Conservative MP – although he strongly denied using the words claimed. At the time, then-Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the BBC her promotion showed the Conservatives “were a party of opportunity”. ‘The Conservative Party does not tolerate any form of racism or discrimination.

“To ensure other whips are not drawn into this matter, I am identifying myself as the person Nusrat Ghani MP has made claims about this evening,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter. Recommended .” https://twitter. He tweeted: ‘Nus is very brave to speak out.