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

1/23/2022 11:59:00 AM

‘It was like being punched in the stomach. I felt humiliated and powerless.’

‘It was like being punched in the stomach. I felt humiliated and powerless.’

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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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'.

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.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.Mark Dolan , the 76-year-old former leader explained in detail about the left-wing party.

The MP for Wealden told the paper: ‘It was like being punched in the stomach. I felt humiliated and powerless. 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. But I find it very unlikely that these allegations are true. 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”. 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”. ‘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. “They just want to be famous celebrities like Boris.

‘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. ‘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.’ 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. 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. ‘The Conservative Party does not tolerate any form of racism or discrimination. Responding to his question, Mr Livinstone said: “If you are a member of the conservative party, you will be having a lot of fun, a lot of debates, occasional routes, exactly the same as in the labour party.

’ 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. 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. She shows such strength and integrity supporting others. ‘I am proud to have her as my friend and colleague.

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