The Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum says he’s been expelled for “casting doubt on Boris Johnson’s moral fitness” during a BBC interview.
Mohammed Amin, who has been chairman of the party’s Muslim Forum since 2014, was removed from the role following a disciplinary hearing, ITV News reports.
Last week, during an appearance on BBC Radio 4, Mr Amin confirmed his intention to leave the party if current favourite for the top job, Mr Johnson, became party leader.
He said he believed Mr Johnson does not have the “integrity” to be prime minister and popularity “is not the test” when deciding who should lead the country.
His interview sparked major controversy when he mentioned Adolf Hitler and compared the German dictator’s popularity in the 1930’s to Mr Johnson’s.
“A lot of Germans thought that Hitler was the right man for them,” he said.
Last month, Mr Amin publicly said he voted for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections after disagreeing with the Conservative Party’s Brexit policy.
The Conservative Muslim Forum said: “It was felt by the Executive Committee of the Conservative Muslim Forum that Mohammed Amin has breached the constitution of the Forum and brought the Conservative Party and the Forum into disrepute. … members present unanimously voted for Mohammed Amin to be expelled from membership of the Forum and as an office holder.”
Mr Amin told ITV News he was “disappointed” and he believed questioning Mr Johnson’s integrity led to his removal.
In recent months the Conservative Party has been repeatedly accused of Islamophobia.