Muslim group aims to oust Alok Sharma, 13 other Tories

Alok Sharma (Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images).
Alok Sharma (Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images).

A LONDON-based Muslim lobbying group is continuing its efforts to oust 14 Tories in the December elections.

British prime minister Boris Johnson and an Indian-origin MP, minister for international development Alok Sharma, are among the 14 members whom the British Muslim organisation is campaigning heavily to replace.

Bob Blackman MP, whose constituency Harrow East has 26 per cent Indian-origin population, has also been targeted by the group.

The pressure group has started a campaign on British Muslim crowdfunding platform ‘Fundamal’ to raise £20,000 to fund ‘Operation Muslim Vote 2019’.

The British so-called grassroots civil liberties pressure group, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) claims Muslims can swing “at least 30 parliamentary seats” from Tory to Labour during the next elections scheduled for December 12.

“We focus entirely on MPs that have a record of advancing Islamophobia and/or working against the Palestinian struggle for freedom…”

“Many of their current ministers, such as Boris Johnson, Theresa Villers and Alok Sharma have pro-actively defended the crimes against humanity committed by Israel and India against Palestinians and Kashmiris, respectively,” it said.

It also claims it was the first organisation to remove Islamophobic MPs by utilising the Muslim block vote in the 2005, 2010 and 2017 UK general elections when it unseated eight MPs, which it describes as a 73 per cent success rate.

“We are targeting these Conservative politicians because they have a voting and Parliamentary history of working against the interests of British Muslim communities. All of them can be kicked out by the Muslim vote in these constituencies,” it claimed.

Blackman had a 1,757 majority. The outfit states that the Muslim population in his area is 13,471, whereas Sharma had a majority of 2,876; it states the Muslim population in Reading West is 5,023.

British prime minister Boris Johnson had a majority of 5,034 in Uxbridge & Ruislip South, where the Muslims have a strength of 7,991 members.