Matt Hancock has stated Sayeeda Warsi, the Muslim peer who is contacting for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative get together, has a “particular view” and that “there are other individuals who consider a extra balanced approach”.
The health secretary created his responses on the Currently programme on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday early morning as he was asked about Boris Johnson’s conclusion not to maintain an inquiry two days soon after one more senior Tory, Michael Gove, promised 1 in advance of Christmas.
Challenged on Lady Warsi’s strident criticism of her own party’s document on discrimination towards Muslims, Hancock stated: “Well glimpse, I like Sayeeda. She has a unique view on this, there are other individuals who consider a extra balanced method.”
Asked if he was indicating she was “unbalanced”, Hancock replied: “No, I’m unquestionably not indicating that. I have an massive amount of respect for Sayeeda but she does consider a unique view.”
A previous minister and Tory get together chair, Warsi has been a vocal critic of the party’s method on tackling circumstances of Islamophobia. On Friday, soon after Johnson confirmed there would be no inquiry into Islamphobia in advance of Christmas, she wrote on Twitter: “Yes disappointing. Sure predictable. Sure it’s correct my get together don’t give a — about racism within our own ranks. We are only anti-racist to score political details. Do as we say not as we do.”
Responding on Twitter to Hancock’s responses, Miqdaad Versi, the director of the media checking staff for the Muslim Council of Britain, stated Hancock was seeking to faux Warsi was isolated in her criticism.
“The truth is that proof of the scale of Islamophobia in the get together is substantial albeit under-claimed and deniers of its scale really should be challenged with the truth of the matter,” he tweeted.