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“My ‘Muslimness’ made colleagues uncomfortable,” says sacked UK Lawmaker

Conservative Member of Parliament Nusrat Ghani in the House of Commons.
Conservative Member of Parliament Nusrat Ghani in the House of Commons.

UK: A British lawmaker has said she was fired from a ministerial job in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government partly because her Muslim faith was making colleagues uncomfortable, the Sunday Times reported.

Ms Nusrat Ghani, 49, who lost her job as a Junior Transport Minister in February 2020, told the paper she was told by a “whip” - an enforcer of parliamentary discipline - that her “Muslimness” had been raised as an issue in her sacking.

There was no immediate response to her comments from Johnson’s Downing Street office, but Mark Spencer, the Government’s Chief Whip, said he was the person at the centre of Ms Ghani’s allegations.

“These accusations are completely false and I consider them to be defamatory,” he said on Twitter.

“I have never used those words attributed to me.” Ms Ghani’s remarks come after one of her Conservative colleagues said he would meet Police to discuss accusations that government whips had attempted to “blackmail” lawmakers suspected of trying to force Johnson from office over public anger about parties held at his Downing Street office during COVID-19 lockdowns.

“I was told that at the reshuffle meeting in Downing Street that ‘Muslimness’ was raised as an issue, that my ‘Muslim woman minister’ status was making colleagues uncomfortable,” the paper quoted Ms Ghani, Britain’s first female Muslim Minister, as saying.

“I will not pretend that this hasn’t shaken my faith in the party and I have at times seriously considered whether to continue as an MP (Member of Parliament).”

- THE STRAITS TIMES


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