UK minister’s sacking over ‘Muslimness’ to be investigated — Analysis

Former junior transport minister says she was told her faith was “making colleagues uncomfortable,” before being fired

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a formal inquiry into an allegation by former junior transport minister Nusrat Ghani that she lost her job in early 2020 because she’s Muslim.

Johnson “takes these claims very seriously”And has “asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry”Downing Street stated Monday that they were into them.

Two years ago Ghani made this allegation for the first time. “recommended to her that she make a formal complaint to [Conservative Party headquarters]. She did not take up this offer,”This statement has been highlighted.

“The Prime Minister has now asked officials to establish the facts about what happened.”

Ghani is a Tory MP who told Sunday Times that Ghani was informed by a government whip that the minister had stated that Ghani was a terrorist. “Muslimness was raised as an issue”Before she was fired from her post as junior transport minister, February 2020.

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“It was like being punched in the stomach,”The 49-year old recalled that she heard her hearing it. “Muslim woman minister status was making colleagues feel uncomfortable”It made her feel good. “humiliated and powerless.”

Ghani stated that Johnson had said to her two years earlier that he was not interested in the relationship. “could not get involved” in the issue and did suggest she resort to the Tories’ internal complaint process. She explained that she decided not to follow the premier’s advice as it was “very clearly not appropriate for something that happened on government business.”

“All I have ever wanted was for his government to take this seriously, investigate properly and ensure no other colleague has to endure this,”Insisted the East Sussex MP.

Mark Spencer, Conservative chief whip and a likely source of Ghani’s remarks, said that Spencer was the most likely one to whom Ghani takes responsibility. He then took to Twitter to defend his position.

“I have never used those words attributed to me,”Spencer wrote this while calling the accusations “abhorrent”. “completely false”And “defamatory.”

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