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Baroness Sayeeda Warsi with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Former Conservative chairperson Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said the party “must start healing its relationship with British Muslims.” In a tweet, she said: “Independent Inquiry into Islamophobia is a must first step. The battle to root out racism must now intensify.”

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Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a former Conservative co-chair and Cabinet Minister, said the party “must start healing its relationship with British Muslims.”.

In a tweet on Friday, she said: “Independent Inquiry into Islamophobia is a must first step. The battle to root out racism must now intensify.”

The former cabinet minister also expressed concern over the infiltration of right-wing activists in the fold.

“My Party must start healing its relationship with British Muslims Endorsements from #TommyRobinson & #KatieHopkins & colleagues retweeting both is deeply disturbing Independent Inquiry into #Islamophobia is a must first step The battle to root out racism must now intensify,” said Sayeeda in a Tweet.

During campaigning, the Prime Minister had apologised for hurt caused to the Muslim community by his party, but stopped short of saying sorry for offensive comments which included comparing Muslim women who wear the burqa to letterboxes.

Meanwhile, senior journalists Mehdi Hassan and Sunny Hundal also expressed concern over the charged racially divided campaigns and Boris election victory.

“Dark day for minorities in the UK. Especially for British Muslims who watched as a man who said “Islam was the problem,” mocked veiled Muslim women, & also turned a blind eye to massive anti-Muslim hatred in his party, was just given a landslide majority by their fellow Britons.”

Mr Hundal said: “This has been the worst general election for the UK‚Äôs religious minorities that I can recall. People have been set against each other like never before The impact of this will be felt for years, if not decades, unless we openly challenge it.”

“The Conservatives‚Äô Islamophobia problem and Labour‚Äôs anti-Semitism problem have been well-documented,” Mr Hundal wrote in New Statesman. “Tensions between Muslims and Jews have bubbled up on several occasions but there has been an active attempt by both communities to prevent a race to the bottom.

“The tensions, however, are not only between Jews and Muslims. They are also being whipped up among British Hindus and Sikhs. Self-appointed ‚Äúcommunity leaders‚ÄĚ, far from seeking to neutralise tensions, have often merely fuelled them. The impact of this will be felt for years, if not decades, unless we openly challenge it.”

Reacting to the Exit poll results, Baroness Warsi Tweeted: My Jewish brothers and sisters will hopefully sleep easier tonight. But many other minorities will still wake up anxious Tomorrow I hope and pray we will all build stronger alliances with British Muslims and others to tackle all forms of racism in all political parties.

 by . Meanwhile, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has called on the Prime Minister, who has been personally accused of Islamophobia, to reassure British-Muslims of their place in the UK.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB, said that as ruling Conservative celebrated their win, there was a “palpable sense of fear” among Muslim communities around the country.

“We entered the election campaign period with long standing concerns about bigotry in our politics and our governing party. Now we worry that Islamophobia is ‚Äėoven-ready’ for government.

“Johnson has been entrusted with huge power, and we pray it is exercised responsibly for all Britons,” Khan said.

In the December 12 election, Johnson gained a Commons majority of 80, his party’s largest since since Margaret Thatcher triumphed in 1987, and in contrast, the opposition Labour suffered its worst election result since the 1930s.

Protest in London

LONDON, Sept. 3, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Anti-Brexit protesters take part in a demonstration in London, Britain, on Sept. 3, 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday lost a key Brexit vote in the House of Commons as anti-no deal MPs take control of the parliamentary business. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua/IANS) by .

Following Boris Johnson’s victory in one of the UK’s most historic general election, protests were staged here against the Prime Minister, during which demonstrators clashed with the police.

Demonstrators descended on Whitehall, central London at around 5 p.m. on Friday waving flags and placards, while shouting “not my Prime Minister” just hours after Johnson pledged to heal the divisions of Brexit, as he returned to Downing Street after securing a crushing victory in Thursday’s election over Labour, reports The Daily Mail.

But despite almost 14 million people voting in favour of Johnson’s government, the comparatively tiny crowd, seemingly unable to get over the election result, became embroiled in violent clashes with the police.

Observers across the political spectrum have called out the protesters for taking to the streets so soon after polls closed, and ridiculing them for thinking they will “overthrow” the Prime Minister with such a small number.

Whitehall was closed down as the protesters, surrounded by police, caused chaos in the area.

Hundreds of protesters were also at Trafalgar Square where clashes broke out with police.

A heavy police presence was seen close to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, which was cordoned off as the clashes broke out.

They travelled down Whitehall before moving towards Millbank and Horseferry Road, shouting, “the people, united, we will never be defeated”.

The Metropolitan Police said two arrests had been made in relation to the protests, one person on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and another for suspected affray.

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