Launch of all party parliamentary group on Islamophobia in the UK

25 November 2010

An All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia has been launched in the House of Commons. At its inaugural Annual General Meeting, members elected Keighley and Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins to serve as its Chair with Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes and Labour peer Lord Janner of Braunstone as Vice-Chairs. The Group has so far attracted the interest of more than 20 MPs and peers from across both Houses of Parliament.
Mr Hopkins thanked attendees for being part of what he described as a “momentous occasion.” He said: “Whilst challenges will undoubtedly arise in the weeks and months ahead, my colleagues and I are hugely committed to the task in hand. I believe there is already a very strong resolve amongst members to better understand the complex issues involved, and to propose considered, evidence-based policies to tackle Islamophobia wherever it exists.”

Labour peer’s call for Muslims and Jews to work together

Labour peer Lord Greville Janner QC has urged Jewish people to join with Muslims in Leeds to combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. At a talk in Moortown he told 200 people the Jewish community could not cope without non-Jewish allies and joining forces with the Muslim community was crucial. “If we work together we will live together and if we don’t live together we will die together,” he said. Lord Janner, who is the founder and president of the Inter-Parliamentary Council against Anti-Semitism, said that together with Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan he recently founded the Coexistence Trust bringing together Muslim and Jewish political leaders. “The organisation provides a unique bridge across the world of politics and since forming its membership has spread to leaders in almost 40 nations,” he explained.