1 October 2020
Fresh Polling Shows Widespread Islamophobia in the Conservative Party
A new poll by HOPE not hate of 1,200 Conservative Party members has shown how widespread and institutional Islamophobia in the Conservative Party still is. This polling, published on 30 September, found that:
- 57% had a negative view of Muslims, more than twice the number of those with negative attitudes towards Hindus and Jewish people.
- 47% believe Islam is a “threat to the British way of life”.
- 58% believed that “there are no go areas in Britain where Sharia law dominates and non-Muslims cannot enter”, with 66% of those backing Boris Johnson in the 2019 leadership election believing this.
- 50% believing Islam breeds intolerance and calls for violence, 41% believing Muslims refuse to integrate and that Islam promotes physical abuse of women.
The report also highlighted 40 examples of cases where prejudiced and discriminatory actions by Conservative Party members have resulted in either short term suspensions or no action at all. This included MPs Bob Blackman and Sally-Ann Hart, both of whom were implicated in the MCB’s dossier of evidence to the Equality and Human Rights Commission in March 2020, detailing incidents of Islamophobia involving over 300 Conservative Party members.
The MCB also recently called for the Conservative Party to take decisive action against Bob Blackman MP after his sixth serious Islamophobic incident involving notorious promoters of far-right hate, Katie Hopkins and David Vance.
Commenting on this new report, a spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain said:
“For years, we have been alarmed at how entrenched deeply Islamophobic views are in the Conservative party, and this polling, coupled with the MCB’s dossier of over 300 members engaging in Islamophobia is further evidence of how institutionalise, systemic and embedded in the culture of the Conservative Party this is.
“This report not only shows over half of members polled to hold negative views of Muslims, but has also identified more examples of Islamophobic hate propagated by Conservative members, two sitting MPs. This further shows that the Conservative Party has become a hotbed for prejudice and hate. There has been no political leadership to resolve this, and we have seen a dereliction of duty by successive Prime Ministers and Party Chairs to address Islamophobia within its ranks, which only serves to embolden such views.
“If the Conservative Party was serious about eradicating the concerning levels of vitriolic hate from amongst its membership, it would hold a truly independent inquiry specifically into Islamophobia, instead of this review into its complaints procedure which will serve as nothing more than a rubber stamping exercise, further kicking the can into the long grass.”