Conservatives must not give bigotry a free pass in Europe, says Muslim Council

By agency reporter
September 16, 2018

The Muslim Council of Britain has expressed its concern that Conservative Party MEPs almost unanimously supported Hungary's far-right leader Viktor Orban in a crunch vote in the European parliament on 12 September 2018. The Conservative Party were the only governing party to support the far-right in this vote.

The Council says Mr Orban has a track record on bigotry. He has whipped up prejudice and attacked minorities, for example, singling out immigrants as “Muslim invaders” and claiming his country is a last bastion in the fight against the “Islamisation” of Europe. He also stands accused of deploying antisemitism in his opposition to Jewish philanthropist George Soros.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “At a time when there are growing concerns about the rise of the far-right across Europe, it is deeply disappointing that Conservative Party MEPs were whipped to align themselves with far-right parties in supporting Mr Orban.

“One can only hope that the rights of Muslims and other minorities are not considered expendable as support is sought for the government’s Brexit position, as appears to have been the case with this vote. The Conservative Party has thus far resisted calls to have an inquiry into Islamophobia amongst its ranks. This latest action raises further concerns of bigotry in the party.

“We would like to specifically pay tribute to Nosheena Mobarik, the only Conservative MEP who rebelled, and stood up against the Islamophobia of Mr Orban.”

* Muslim Council of Britain https://www.mcb.org.uk/

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