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Inquiry criticises Conservative Party for failing to properly investigate allegations of internal racism

An inquiry has criticised the Conservative Party for failing to properly investigate allegations of internal racism, as a result of of an absence of “transparency”, coaching and employees.

Two-thirds of complaints associated to anti-Muslim discrimination – however the occasion’s complaints course of was not match for goal to take care of them, it has discovered.

Boris Johnson additionally comes beneath fireplace for his feedback about ladies sporting the burka, which seemed of being “insensitive to Muslim communities”, the professor who carried it out mentioned.

The probe, arrange by the prime minister, was accomplished in March, triggering allegations it was held again till after May’s native elections.

The Independent revealed that victims of alleged racism had complained of being ignored – whereas the inquiry was restricted to complaint-handling, reasonably than why many Muslims really feel unwelcome within the occasion.

Now the inquiry, by Prof Swaran Singh, has discovered:

* The Conservatives recorded ,418 complaints regarding 727 incidents of alleged discrimination, between 2015 and 2020.

* Two-thirds of the incidents associated to allegations of anti-Muslim discrimination.

* The folks interviewed by the investigation who skilled discrimination did so “at the level of a local party association.

* Local anti-Muslim sentiment was “demonstrated by a number of social media complaints against party members which were upheld”.

* Many of these interviewed believed Islamist extremism shouldn’t be conflated with Islam.

Prof Singh mentioned: “We were tasked with scrutinising how the Conservative Party dealt with allegations of such discrimination and whether its policies and processes to deal with complaints of discrimination were fit for purpose.

“Our report should make for uncomfortable reading for the party and, more importantly, spur it into action.

“I hope the party will fully accept our recommendations and implement the changes needed in a transparent and timely manner.”

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