May refuses to apologise for ‘Islamophobic campaign’ against Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan (Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls)
Sadiq Khan (Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls)

Prime minister Theresa May has refused to apologise for the “Islamophobic campaign” her party ran against Sadiq Khan in the last Mayoral election.

Labour’s Naz Shah asked May for an explanation about the “Islamophobic campaign” that included statements from May, who was then the home secretary, saying Khan was not fit to be mayor because of false allegations he was linked to extremists.

Shah said: “The London Mayor Sadiq Khan just a few days ago said ‘I have never received an explanation, let along an apology, for the openly Islamophobic campaign the party ran against me in 2016 – and the attacks on me still continue.'”

“Would she now show some leadership and at the very minimum apologise to Sadiq Khan for the Islamophobic campaign run by her party?”

May did not take up Shah’s invitation to apologise, but said as home secretary she had taken hate crimes very seriously.

She continued: “Any allegations that are made in relation to the Conservative party are investigated carefully by the Conservative party, and action is taken.

“”I am pleased to say that the Communities Secretary and the Home Secretary recently chaired a roundtable on anti-Muslim hate crime.

“This is being taken seriously by the Conservative party and the government.”