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British PM: Party colleague's Islamic statement unacceptable

British PM: Party colleague's Islamic statement unacceptable

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has rejected accusations that his Conservative Party is anti-Islam. MP Lee Anderson had previously been removed from the government panel.

He insulted London Mayor Sadiq Khan and said the social democratic politician had handed control to Islamists. Until recently, Anderson was also his party's deputy general secretary. In a BBC interview on Monday, Sunak said the reports were unacceptable.

Asked if his party had Islamophobic tendencies, Sunak replied: “No, of course not. I think it is the duty of all of us, especially those elected to Parliament, not to inflame our debates to the detriment of others.

Anderson's statements were false, so he was kicked out of the group. Anderson told right-wing conservative broadcaster GB News on Friday that Khan, a Muslim Labor politician, had handed control of the British capital to Islamists.

He also warned that more cities would fall under Islamist control if Labor wins the next general election. The background is the accusation that the London police did not take decisive action against extremists in pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

The statement sparked outrage across political camps. Unsatisfied with Sunak's approach to asylum policy, Anderson resigned as deputy secretary-general a few weeks ago. This is not the first time he has made headlines for making controversial comments.