Almost half of Conservative Party members believe Islam is ‘a threat’ to British way of life, poll finds
- A survey found 47% believed Islam to be incompatible with British values
- Some 43% were positive about Muslims, 75% were about Sikhs
- Hope Not Hate reported 20 Tory advisers to the party’s Islamophobia inquiry
Almost half of Conservative Party members believe Islam is “ generally a threat ” to the British way of life, according to a poll.
The survey of grassroots activists showed that 47% believed religion was incompatible with British values.
Some 43 percent were positive towards Muslims, in contrast to around three-quarters of respondents who expressed positive opinions about Hindus and Sikhs.
The YouGov poll was commissioned by anti-racist activists Hope not Hate, who referred 20 Tory advisers to the party’s internal investigation into Islamophobia.
In total, the group alerted the party to 40 examples of Islamophobic material posted on social media by members of the base.
Almost half of Conservative Party members believe Islam is ‘generally a threat’ to the British way of life, a poll found (file photo of the East London Mosque)
A member allegedly made an anti-Muslim joke about the Christchurch mosque shootings and, after taking an online diversity course, was allowed to return to the Conservative Party and continued to make such remarks.
Another, who remains a counselor after a brief suspension, compared an Asian man to a dog and said on social media: ‘He’s brown, he stinks, he doesn’t speak a word of English. ”
Nick Lowles, chief executive of Hope Not Hate, said the Tories had “ a deep problem with anti-Muslim prejudice, ” according to the Times.
The dossier of the group of allegedly Islamapohobic messages published by conservative members was passed on to the party’s investigation, with the poll of 1,200 grassroots activists finding that only 31% believed discrimination against Muslims was a serious problem in the UK.
Boris Johnson (pictured yesterday) was criticized in the Conservative leadership election for promising an investigation into all forms of discrimination, rather than focusing solely on Islamophobia.
Of the 47% who thought Islam was a threat, half thought Islam “breeds intolerance”.
Boris Johnson was criticized in the Conservative leadership election for promising an investigation into all forms of discrimination, rather than focusing solely on Islamophobia.
Lady Warsi, one of the UK’s top Muslim politicians and former Conservative Party co-chair, said the party has a problem with Islamophobia.
A Conservative spokesperson said: “We take any complaint very seriously. An independent investigation is currently underway into our complaint handling processes. We will consider any recommendations to further strengthen our procedures. ”