City MP Paul Bristow promises to work with local communities and mosques to find broader definition of Islamophobia.
Conservative Member of Parliament for Peterborough, Paul Bristow, said his party 'needs to do more on Islamophobia.'
He was speaking during an interview with Salaam radio’s presenter Amir Suleman on Thursday.
During the chat, the MP was questioned on incidents which show prevalence of racism towards individuals belonging to the Muslim community in the conservative party.
In the past, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was criticised for the comments he made on Muslim women where he referred to them as “Letterboxes”.
When questioned about these comments Paul said, “Boris is not Islamophobic, it’s nonsense. He was only referring to the fact that women should be allowed to wear what they want. He has been mayor of London which is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world. “
“He regrets these comments and has apologised for them. But language does matter. And I think our party needs work more towards removing the image that we Conservatives are Islamophobic.”
Going forward, Paul has pledged to work with the joint-mosque council and different community groups and organisations in Peterborough to get a broader definition of Islamophobia.