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Tory deputy chair denies party has Islamophobia problem

By Aubrey Allegretti, Political Reporter
The Tory deputy chairman has denied the party has a problem with Islamophobia.
James Cleverly said "all political parties" had individuals that "say and do things that are inappropriate".
He added the important thing was "how you deal with that".Mr Cleverly challenged criticism from Baroness Warsi, who claimed last week that "within my own party, there are almost now weekly occurrences of Islamophobic incidents and rhetoric".Ms Warsi is a former co-chair of the Conservatives and became the first Muslim cabinet minister in 2010.
Tory deputy chair denies party has Islamophobia problem

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Baroness Warsi said there were near-weekly incidents of 'Islamophobic incidents'
Responding, Mr Cleverly said: "No, I don't believe, I don't agree with that as an assessment."
He pointed to the party's "respect pledge" and claimed that "we suspend people who have done something believed to be inappropriate".The Braintree MP added that the aspiring councillor suspended as a candidate by the Conservatives for tweeting he was "sweating like a Jew in an attic" was "self-evidently inappropriate".It came as the Muslim Council of Britain formally repeated calls for an inquiry into "Islamophobia in the Conservative party".
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