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“Muslims are fair game when it comes to racism,” Sadiq Khan slamming the PM for not condemning remarks made by Lee Anderson

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Mr. Khan said that Lee Anderson’s statements suggesting that “Islamists” had “got control” of him as mayor of London were Islamophobic and sent the message that Muslims were “fair game” for racism.

Labour and other Tories, including former cabinet minister Sajid Javid, have criticized the remarks made by the former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, calling them “ridiculous.”

Although Cabinet Minister Grant Shapps refuted Mr. Anderson’s assertion, he seemed to uphold his freedom to “speak [his] mind.”

According to GB News, Mr Anderson, MP for Ashfield stated, “I don’t actually believe that the Islamists have got control of our country, but what I do believe is they’ve got control of Khan and they’ve got control of London… He’s actually given our capital city away to his mates.”

His comments coincide with heightened tensions among communities over the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, worries about how pro-Palestinian demonstrations are being handled, and apprehensions about violence directed at MPs.

Mr Khan said: “These comments from a senior Conservative are Islamophobic, are anti-Muslim and are racist.”

Highlighting the spike in hate crimes, he said: “These comments pour fuel on the fire of anti-Muslim hatred.

“I am afraid the deafening silence form Rishi Sunak and from the cabinet is them condoning this racism.

“I am afraid it confirms to many people across the country that there’s a hierarchy when it comes to racism.”

He added: “I am unclear why Rishi Sunak, why members of his cabinet aren’t calling this out and aren’t condemning this.

“It’s like they are complicit in this sort of racism.

“The message it sends is Muslims are fair game when it comes to racism and anti-Muslim hatred.

“It’s not good enough in 2024 in the United Kingdom.”

Business minister Nus Ghani described her Tory colleague’s comments as “foolish and dangerous”.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the Wealden MP stated:

“I have spoken to Lee Anderson. I’ve called out Islamic extremism (& been attacked by hard left, far right & Islamists).

“I don’t for one moment believe that Sadiq Khan is controlled by Islamists. To say so, is both foolish and dangerous. Frankly this is all so tiring…”

Conservative former minister Sir Robert Buckland said: “Conservatives succeed by seeking to bring our country together, not by stoking division.”

The number 10 chief of staff for Theresa May, Tory peer Gavin Barwell, called the comments a “despicable slur”.

In a letter to Mr. Sunak, the Labour Party demanded that Mr. Anderson’s whip be taken off, so he could serve as an independent MP instead of a Conservative.

Wes Streeting, the shadow health minister for Labour, said that Mr. Anderson had practiced “outright racism and Islamophobia”.

 

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