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Nusrat Ghani: Who is the British lawmaker who says she was fired over her religion

Ghani is the Conservative MP for Wealden, in southeast England.

Speaking to The Sunday Times newspaper, the Tory MP this weekend claimed that her “Muslimness was raised as an issue” when she requested for a proof as to why she had been fired.

Ghani mentioned the authorities whip — who organizes the occasion’s contribution to parliamentary enterprise — informed her that her religion was “making colleagues uncomfortable.”

On Sunday, Ghani launched an announcement asking the authorities to deal with the controversy “seriously.”

What’s led to this?

Ghani informed the Sunday Times that, since being fired in 2020, “not a day has gone by without thinking about what I was told and wondering why I was in politics while hoping for the Government to take this seriously.”

“Those that have not had their identity and faith questioned cannot fully appreciate what it does to you. Now is not the time I would have chosen for this to come out and I have pursued every avenue and process I thought available to me, but many people have known what happened,” the British MP added.

In an announcement posted to Twitter, Ghani said: “When I told the Prime Minister in June 2020 what had been said to me in the Government Whips’ Office I urged him to take it seriously as a Government matter and instigate an inquiry.”

“He wrote to me that he could not get involved and suggested I use the internal Conservative Party complaint process,” she mentioned.

“This, as I had already pointed out, was very clearly not appropriate for something that happened on Government business — I do not even know if the words that were conveyed to me about what was said in reshuffle meetings at Downing Street were by members of the Conservative Party,” she added.

How has the authorities reacted to Ghani’s allegations?

Ghani’s allegations had been strongly denied by the Conservatives’ chief whip Mark Spencer, who mentioned her feedback in The Sunday Times had been “defamatory,” in line with the UK Press Association (PA).

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab informed Sky News on Sunday that whereas Ghani’s allegation was “incredibly serious” and that the Conservative Party has “zero tolerance for any discrimination and any Islamophobia,” there wouldn’t be a Conservative Party investigation except a proper criticism was made.

A Downing Street spokesman confirmed to PA that Ghani had not made a proper criticism, including: “The Conservative Party does not tolerate prejudice or discrimination of any kind.”

Health Minister Sajid Javid wrote on Twitter that: “This is a very serious matter which needs a proper investigation. I would strongly support her in making a formal complaint — she must be heard.”

Will there be an investigation?

On Monday, Downing Street confirmed it will examine Ghani’s claims.

“At the time these allegations were first made, the Prime Minister recommended to her that she make a formal complaint to CCHQ. She did not take up this offer,” a spokesperson for Downing Street mentioned Monday.

“The Prime Minister has now asked officials to establish the facts about what happened. As he said at the time, the Prime Minister takes these claims very seriously,” the assertion added.

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Ghani welcomed the Prime Minister’s determination to research the claims in an announcement posted on Twitter on Monday.

“All I want is for this to be taken seriously and for him to investigate,” Ghani mentioned.

Following the allegations, the opposition Labour Party and backbench members of the Conservative Party, in addition to a number of religion organizations, together with the Muslim Council of Britain, had referred to as for an investigation.

Caroline Nokes, a Conservative MP who is chairwoman of the Women and Equalities Committee, mentioned on Twitter: “This is appalling, Nus is an outstanding MP and was a great Minister. Her faith has never made me (or any other colleague) ‘uncomfortable.'”

In response to The Sunday Times report, Labour Party chief Keir Starmer mentioned on Twitter, “This is shocking to read, the Conservatives must investigate immediately … There’s report after report of appalling behavior and lack of respect at the center of this government. Culture is set at the top.”

What does it imply for Boris Johnson?

Ghani’s allegations are the newest in a string of controversies to hit the UK Prime Minister in latest weeks.

Johnson is underneath strain over alleged summer time backyard events and Christmas gatherings held in Downing Street when the remainder of the nation was underneath strict Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

A report into the allegations, set to be launched this week, might be the closing straw for Johnson’s more and more mutinous occasion.

Johnson last week faced a grilling from opponents in Parliament as well as a threat from his own party's MPs over a series of parties in Downing Street.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s approval rankings are plunging and there seems to be a rising sense amongst some elements of his ruling Conservative Party that he is changing into a legal responsibility.

Two polls in the final week urged that as many as two-thirds of voters need him to resign, and a parliamentary rebel is rising, with one Conservative MP final week defecting to the opposition Labour Party. Newspapers have reported rumors of extra lawmakers demanding Johnson’s exit.

CNN’s Ivana Kottasová and Luke McGee contributed reporting.



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