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Conservative Islamophobia Inquiry: Former Conservative President Says Report Shows Party To Be “Institutionally Racist” | Political news

Former Tory President Baroness Warsi said a report on Tory Islamophobia shows the party to be “institutionally racist” – despite results indicating otherwise.

She told Sky News: “I think the findings of this report make it clear that the Conservative Party is institutionally racist, it’s based on the definition of what institutional racism is.

“The way I see it – if it sounds like institutional racism, looks like institutional racism, fits the definition of institutional racism – then I’m afraid it’s institutional racism.”

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High-profile incidents involving Boris Johnson and Lord Goldsmith were highlighted in the report

Baroness Warsi, who campaigned for six years against Islamophobia in her party, said the independent report found examples of racism in party processes, attitudes and behavior, which “meets the definition of institutional racism”.

She also said that while some of the recommendations “are good and should be implemented … I think we now need an independent investigation from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) because there are loopholes in this report “- and said she would refer to the part to the commission.

People who complained of Islamophobic behavior called her to tell her that they had not been given the opportunity to testify, she added.

Baroness Warsi also said she believed Boris Johnson “admitted he was part of the problem and had been wrong in the past” and although her apologies for the comments on the women in burqas were “mealy “she said” we can move on. from this “.

The investigation was carried out by Professor Swaran Singh, former Commissioner for Equality and Human Rights, who concluded that “anti-Muslim sentiment remains a problem within the party”, but there is has “no evidence” that the party is institutionally racist.

Professor Singh reviewed 1,418 complaints relating to 727 separate incidents between 2015 and 2020, resulting in a …

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