The Muslim Council of Britain has identified eight key issues affecting Muslim communities ahead of the upcoming election by which candidates should be judged.
The MCB, Britain’s largest Muslim organisation, is encouraging Muslims to vote at the election but is not endorsing any particular party.
Instead it says Muslims should consider if prospective candidates will:
- Engage with the Muslim community.
- Defend the right of Muslims to practise their faith.
- Combat Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of racism.
- Increase representation of minorities and women in public life.
- Demand an independent review of Prevent.
- Adopt a fair and equal approach to education.
- Recognise Palestine as an independent state.
- Uphold an ethical foreign policy.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB, said: “As the election approaches, we hope that all the main parties engage with Muslim communities and Muslim communities themselves engage in the democratic process. We have seen many arrange hustings, Q&A sessions and even go out campaigning for their local candidate. It is an important election – make your voice heard.”
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