Calls for Tory MP to resign over ‘vile racist’ and ‘Islamophobic’ image of pig mounting Sadiq Khan
The now-deleted tweet from Fabricant depicted an image of Khan as a blimp being mounted by a pig. It features US President Donald Trump laughing in the foreground with the accompanying words: “Well, what can I say?”
The tweet from Fabricant has led to a string of MPs, Muslim groups, and political commentators asking what it would take for the Tories to take the issue of Islamophobia in their party seriously.
Labour’s Afzal Khan MP, who is Muslim, tweeted: “This is abhorrent. Tory members, the former chair of the party @SayeedaWarsi , and the @MuslimCouncil have all called for an inquiry into Islamaphobia (sic). If @BrandonLewis respect pledge means anything, Michael Fabricant must be suspended immediately.”
This is abhorrent. Tory members, the former chair of the party @SayeedaWarsi , and the @MuslimCouncil have all called for an inquiry into Islamaphobia. If @BrandonLewis respect pledge means anything, Michael Fabricant must be suspended immediately. https://t.co/x0fxwnfH3g— Afzal Khan MP (@Afzal4Gorton) July 12, 2018
Miqdad Versi, the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, has said that he is appalled at the picture tweeted by the Tory MP, and asks “What will @BrandonLewis do about #ToryIslamophobia?” Lewis is the chairman of the Conservative Party, who launched a ‘respect pledge’ at the start of 2018.
Appalling - Tory MP @Mike_Fabricant shares a picture of Sadiq Khan as a pig i.e. it is him being a Muslim that is somehow relevant?— Miqdaad Versi (@miqdaad) July 12, 2018
FYI: Islamophobes similarly use the pig as a means of attacking Muslims e.g. bacon at mosques.
What will @BrandonLewis do about #ToryIslamophobia? pic.twitter.com/8JOLfswzgd
Tory peer Baroness Warsi, a vocal critic of her party’s perceived lack of action on the issue of Islamophobia, claimed that there will be an inquiry into the incident, but she asked: “how much damage we will do to our reputation in the meantime as we drag our feet.”
And on and on it goes 🤦🏽♀️— Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) July 12, 2018
There will be an inquiry- it’s only a question of time.
The problem in my party is too widespread for there not to be.
The question is how much damage we will do to our reputation in the meantime as we drag our feet @Conservativeshttps://t.co/NYTz0dwIzX
Fabricant has claimed that he did not see the image was of Khan. He tweeted: “I deleted it as soon as I saw Sadiq Khan’s face on the picture. I did not see it was him. He may be a useless Mayor, but he’s a nice guy whom I worked with when he was in Parliament.”
.I deleted it as soon as I saw Sadiq Khan’s face on the picture. I did not see it was him. He may be a useless Mayor, but he’s a nice guy whom I worked with when he was in Parliament.— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) July 12, 2018
Fabricant has since provided greater detail as to how his post came about, saying that he “stupidly tweeted it in a meeting without checking it properly.”
Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, said: “I did not see the detail on my small iPhone… I am genuinely sorry if it caused anyone offence and I am disappointed in the person who sent it to me in the first place.”
It comes as a senior Tory official in Lewes, East Sussex, Carola Godman Irvine, has been suspended after claiming Islamic extremists were raping British women to create “Muslim babies,” Politics Home reports.
It’s reported that she also claimed that the Manchester arena bombing may have been the “wake-up call that was needed” to encourage the police into “radical monitoring” of Muslims.
After coming under increasing pressure to take action on the toxic issue within the party, Lewis, the Tory chairman, vowed to “stamp out” Islamophobia. In June, he told ConservativeHome that the party would work with TellMAMA, which monitors anti-Muslim activity, to help tackle a problem that has seen countless members suspended for offensive comments.
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