An ITV report has revealed the Tory party is investigating over a hundred cases of alleged anti-Muslim bigotry and racism within its ranks, including people claiming to be party members alleging Islam is “being allowed to take over our country”, and that Muslims are “aliens” whose “plan is to turn this country into an Islamic state.” Other commenters said, “we don’t have a politician strong enough in the UK to lead us away from this infestation”, and that Muslims “cause mayhem wherever they decide to invade.”
The incidents in the dossier relate to comments posted online; Tory party officials claim a number of the commenters are not, in fact, party members.
In April, two Tory council candidates were suspended allegations they had distributed racist material, while 15 councillors previously suspended due to similar allegations have since been reinstated. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has given the Tory party one month to reply to a request for further info about the allegations and the Tories’ investigations into them, before it takes further action. The EHRC is also investigating the Labour Party over its handling of allegations of antisemitism.
This apparent seam of anti-Muslim bigotry and racism at the grassroots of the Tory party, combined with the growth of the Brexit Party, and the continuing prominence of anti-Muslim, anti-migrant racists such as Tommy Robinson, reinforce the need for the labour movement to defend migrant and minority communities from racism. The left must provide an alternative politics of class solidarity to counter racism and nationalism.