Tory MP accuses whip of telling her she was fired because of her ‘Muslimness’

1/23/2022 10:40:00 AM
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.

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'.

Nusrat Ghani lost her job as a transport minister in a mini reshuffle in February 2020 following the resignation of Sajid Javid as chancellor.

, 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 MP for Wealden told the paper: ‘It was like being punched in the stomach. I felt humiliated and powerless.’

A spokesman for the whips’ office said the allegations were ‘categorically untrue’ and that the Conservative Party did not tolerate racism or discrimination.In her interview, Ms Ghani said: ‘I was told that at the reshuffle meeting in Downing Street that “Muslimness” was raised as an “issue”, that my “Muslim women minister” status was making colleagues uncomfortable and that there were concerns “that I wasn’t loyal to the party as I didn’t do enough to defend the party against Islamophobia allegations”.

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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.Johnson’s failure to act on sleaze may be ‘more than carelessness’, watchdog says “While the whipping system is long-established, it is of course a contempt to obstruct members in the discharge of their duty or to attempt to intimidate a member in their parliamentary conduct by threats,” he said.funding for a new secondary school in his constituency would be scrapped if he voted for a motion criticising the government over free school meals.About sharing Image caption, The Observer says senior civil servant Sue Gray - who is investigating allegations of lockdown-breaking parties at Downing Street - has been given access to a log of staff movements in and out of the building from security data including swipe cards.

The MP for Wealden told the paper: ‘It was like being punched in the stomach. I felt humiliated and powerless. We need to get to the bottom of the matter.’ A spokesman for the whips’ office said the allegations were ‘categorically untrue’ and that the Conservative Party did not tolerate racism or discrimination. Mr Wakeford opposed the motion but he chose to abstain from the Commons vote. In her interview, Ms Ghani said: ‘I was told that at the reshuffle meeting in Downing Street that “Muslimness” was raised as an “issue”, that my “Muslim women minister” status was making colleagues uncomfortable and that there were concerns “that I wasn’t loyal to the party as I didn’t do enough to defend the party against Islamophobia allegations”.” Register for free to continue reading Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists register Please enter a valid email Please enter a valid email Password Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number First name Please enter your first name Special characters aren’t allowed Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters Last name Please enter your last name Special characters aren’t allowed Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters Select your year of birth 2004. ‘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. The move has not been welcomed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with the paper saying he is on a war footing with the Whitehall "blob" over the issue.

‘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. More on Conservatives.’ Ms Ghani claims she was told her Muslim faith was ‘making colleagues uncomfortable’ (Picture: UK Parliament) Her comments come as the conduct of the whips’ office is under intense scrutiny amid accusations they used intimidation and blackmail to pressurise MPs seeking to oust Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. In a statement, a spokesman on behalf of the whips’ office said: ‘These claims are categorically untrue. Ministerial roles are appointed on merit and rewards for hard work. ‘The Conservative Party does not tolerate any form of racism or discrimination. Image caption, The Sunday People leads with a stark warning from food writer Jack Monroe that people on low incomes will be badly hit by the rising cost of living.

’ However, the senior Tory who first raised the issue, William Wragg – the chairman of the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, praised Ms Ghani’s courage in speaking out. He tweeted: ‘Nus is very brave to speak out. I was truly appalled to learn of her experience. She shows such strength and integrity supporting others. ‘I am proud to have her as my friend and colleague. Image caption, The Daily Star leads on the story that one in five people from Newcastle are prepared for the apocalypse.

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