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Long-Bailey announces groundbreaking initiative on Islamophobia

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Rebecca Long-Bailey has challenged both the Labour and Tory establishments by pledging to systematically root out Islamophobia

Leading Labour party leadership contender, Rebecca Long-Bailey, has promised to combat Islamophobia if she is elected leader of the party.

Earlier today she circulated an electronic pamphlet by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB - an umbrella body representing hundreds of mosques and charities) outlining ten issues of importance to British Muslims.

The ten items, which range from tacking racism and Islamophobia to adopting an ethical foreign policy, are reportedly based on a survey of institutions (affiliated to the MCB) in addition to the opinion polling of 500 Muslims across the UK.

In introducing her initiative, Long-Bailey lambasted the “mainstream” press and the Tory party for “ignoring” Islamophobia.

This is a reference to the countless anti-Muslim stories which the British press has run in recent years. Moreover, the Conservative party refuses to conduct an enquiry into Islamophobia amongst Tory ranks, despite mounting evidence of profound anti-Muslim sentiment in the Conservative party.

In a case of double standards, the Conservative party as long sought to exploit accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labour party, whilst at the same time denying institutional Islamophobia in its own ranks.

Tackling Islamophobia is Long-Bailey’s latest groundbreaking initiative. On January 12, she told Sky News that she’d abolish the House of Lords if she gets into power.

Long-Bailey has been described as the “continuity” candidate owing to the fact she is perceived to be an ally of outgoing leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

The forthcoming Labour leadership contest is expected to be dominated by Long-Bailey and shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer.     

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