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Tory MP Michael Fabricant Appears To Suggest Muslims Can't Be English

Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, during the Conservative Party Conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, in 2019

Tory MP Michael Fabricant appeared to suggest Muslims could not be English when he accused a spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain of damaging “Anglo-Muslim relations”.

It came in a debate about Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, with Miqdaad Versi, the council’s media spokesperson, insisting on Twitter there were “hundreds” of examples of anti-Muslim prejudice in the party. 

But Fabricant – the MP for Lichfield – disregarded these claims, writing: “Mr Versi. I have read your unpleasant tweets about the #Conservative Party. The @Conservatives have NOT been investigated by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.” 

In a now-deleted tweet, he went on to add: “Your spite and unpleasantness neither does the cause of tolerance in this country nor the cause of Anglo-Muslim relations any good at all.”

Fabricant later admitted to HuffPost UK the tweet had been “sloppily worded” but stopped short of apologising.

In a now-deleted tweet, Fabricant used the phrase 'Anglo-Muslim relations'

The bizarre wording led some – including Versi –  to accuse Fabricant of implying that Muslims could not be English. 

Fabricant later deleted the tweet, publishing a new version that replaced “Anglo-Muslim relations” with “relations between Muslims and non-Muslims”. 

However, he accused Versi of “deliberately milking and misreading” his original message.

“This character is deliberately milking and misreading the fact that I criticise his tweets for being divisive, damaging to Muslim-nonMuslim relations in this country all for his own ends, and not calling out #LabourAntisemitism,” he wrote.

“Nationality & religion are NOT the same thing.”

Asked on Twitter why he had deleted his original tweet, he wrote: “I deleted it because some people chose to misinterpret it.

“I replaced it with Muslims and non-Muslims which is clearer. Religion/no-religion and nationality are two different matters. I hope that answer is helpful.” 

In a statement, Fabricant told HuffPost UK: “My tweet was sloppily worded and the Twitteratii have seized on it.

“Religion and nationality are two very different issues. So I deleted the tweet and phrased it ‘Muslims and non-Muslims’ instead to clarify what I meant.” 

This post courtesy of huff-post

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