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MP calls on Prime Minister to do something about anti – Muslim hate speech

In the wake of the government’s latest move to clamp down on extremism via its new strategy of redefining it, an MP has called for further action to stop MPs themselves participating in hate speech.

Speaking on Twitter to mark her support for the UN International day to combat Islamophobia, Dawn Butler, the MP for Brent Central commented:

“On this day, my plea is to the government, the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, to understand Islamophobia, to define anti – Muslim hate and to do something about it, and to stop his MPs participating in hate speech because it harms us all”.

Dawn Butler is the Labour MP for Brent Central and has nearly ten years’ experience. She made the comment to show her support for the commemorative day, and her commitment to supporting the Muslim community.

15 March was originally declared an International Day to Combat Islamophobia by the UN in 2022. It is in remembrance of the murder of 51 Muslim worshippers killed in a terror attack during Friday prayers at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019.

Ms Butler continued “On the day of the UN’s day of combatting Islamophobia, we also remember the 51 people who were murdered during who were murdered during Ramadan, five years ago in Christchurch. The murderer was motivated by hate speech and what he saw online.  And this is the thing with hate speech. It’s not contained, it can spread. And it’s dangerous. “

Butler’s appeal to the government comes in the wake of MP Lee Anderson being accused of Islamophobia after making a controversial attack on London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Khan responded by outlining of the dangers of such comments, saying that Anderson’s words would, “pour fuel on the fire of anti – Muslim hatred”.

The issue of the dangers of extremism and hate crime come in a time of surging Islamophobia: Tell MAMA, an organisation monitoring anti – Muslim hate crime has recorded 2,010 incidents between 7 October and 7 February – the largest increase since the charity began.

There has also been further concern about hate speech after racist comments were made by a leading donor to the Conservative party.

Ms Butler has spoken out on Islamophobia before and has herself been on the receiving end of hate speech. Speaking in February, she said “I have been subjected to some vile abuse for calling out Islamophobic MPs in Parliament. Islamophobia, like all other forms of racism and discrimination, has no place in society. Diversity is our strength.”

Butler further outlined her plea to the Prime Minister today on Twitter saying “If we want to combat Islamophobia, or anti – Muslim hatred with our full chest and our full heart and we have to call it out wherever we see it. “

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