Is the Labour Party really warm to Islam and Muslims?

The legacy of Tony Blair still dominates the Labour Party

Activist Kasim Javed, reminds the Muslim community of some of the (in)famous statements made by senior Labour Party leaders about Islam and Muslims in the run up to the General Election. 

Exactly 10 years ago on this date, 5th May 2005, British Muslims were encouraged to support the Labour Party. With two days until the General Election, Muslims are once again being encouraged to vote Labour. Whilst the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have lost all consideration after their five-year onslaught of institutionally perpetuating Islamophobia, maintaining an imperial foreign policy in the Middle East, and watching in silence the massacre of Muslims in Palestine and Syria; some Muslims believe that Labour is the solution to our problems.

But doesn’t the Labour Party have the same ideological hostility towards Islam and Muslims as their opposition?

Let me explain why…

Ed Miliband on “Extremism”

“To combat home-grown extremism, Mr Miliband stresses that measures need to be taken, including the development a “mandatory programme of de-radicalisation.”

Ed Balls wants to ban “extremist” groups

Ed Balls said: “A Government review of safeguards in place to protect pupils from indoctrination and discrimination will consider banning members of racist groups from teaching such as Hizb ut-Tahrir.”

Yvette Cooper wants to bring back control orders to combat “extremism”

Yvette Cooper said: “Control orders should be reintroduced if the government is looking for a stronger policy against extremism.”

Jack Straw
Jack Straw

Jack Straw on the niqab

“He [Jack Straw] did not want to be “prescriptive” but he believed that covering people’s faces could make community relations more difficult.”

Jack Straw on grooming

Jack Straw suggested that some men of Pakistani origin see white girls as “easy meat”.

He said there is a “specific problem” in some areas and called on the Pakistani community to be “more open” about the abuse.

Charles Clarke against the Caliphate

Charles Clarke said: “there can be no negotiation about the re-creation of the Caliphate.”

Tony Blair on Khilafah

Tony Blair said: “They demand the elimination of Israel; the withdrawal of all Westerners from Muslim countries, irrespective of the wishes of people and government; the establishment of effectively Taliban states and Shari’ah law in the Arab world en route to one Caliphate of all Muslim nations.”

Simon Danczuk (MP Rochdale) ethnicising grooming

Simon Danczuk said: “There is a subculture of a small group of males that are Asian, that are collaborating to abuse young white girls who are vulnerable. The subculture is under the radar. Some people in communities are in denial about it but we need some home truths if we are going to address this. It would be daft not to believe that race plays a part.”

Simon Danczuk asserts Rochdale Family were guilty, even though they were not

Simon Danczuk said: “’I think I speak for the vast majority of people in Rochdale in saying that this family will not be welcome back in Rochdale.”

Sadiq Khan MP
Sadiq Khan MP

Khalid Mahmood (MP for Birmingham Perry Barr) perpetuated Trojan Horse which was revealed to be a hoax

Khalid Mahmood said: “Kershaw has confirmed the five points that were raised in the so-called fake Trojan Horse letter were to be found in all the schools he looked at bar one.

“Everybody has been saying this is a fake letter. I think that must now surely throw doubt on the assertion.”

 

Sadiq Khan (MP for Tooting) on Gay Marriage

Sadiq Khan felt it necessary to issue a statement on his website outlining his reasons for voting in favour of gay marriage. He stated: “I firmly believe in marriage. Marriage is an important statement of love and long-term commitment, and has long been the main way that the state recognises and shows support for loving relationships. I believe that couples who love each other and want to make that long-term commitment to each other should be able to have a civil marriage regardless of their gender or their sexuality.”

Sadiq Khan on “Islamists” supervising children 

Sadiq Khan said plans to ban radical Islamists from working unsupervised with children made “perfect sense”. He said the idea of an allegiance to British values was a good thing, but there were some people in the UK who did not understand such rights and responsibilities.

Jim Fitzpatrick on “entryism”

Jim Fitzpatrick said: “They are acting almost as an entryist organisation, placing people within the political parties, recruiting members to those political parties, trying to get individuals selected and elected so they can exercise political influence and power, whether it’s at local government level or national level,” he said. “They are completely at odds with Labour’s programme, with our support for secularism.”

Jim Fitzpatrick on segregation 

Jim Fitzpatrick rudely left a constituent’s wedding after being told that male and female guests were to be segregated. He said it was “strange” he could not sit with his GP wife Sheila at the ceremony.

Hazel Blears on Prevent

Hazel Blears said: “Keep it going, put in the resources, target it where it will make a difference and for goodness sake work with women, young people and the next generation coming up so you are focusing on those who are not already radicalised. “

 

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