There was an uproar in Britain on Sunday over comments from former Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani. Speaking to the Sunday Times, she said 10 Downing Street, the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, cited her Islamic faith in 2020 as a reason for her marginalization. She is said to have been told that her situation made her colleagues uncomfortable and that she had done little to protect the Conservative Party from accusations of Islamophobia.
Ghani was sacked in February 2020 as part of a minor reshuffle in the Johnson administration. She said it was clear that those accompanying the prime minister and party leaders set her a higher standard of loyalty than others, due to her background and her faith, she said.
Immediately after the interview was published, the leader of the Parliamentary faction (Chair Whip) Mark Spencer admitted that it was he who spoke to Ghani about her resignation two years ago. But he strongly denied saying what Ghani accused of the party. Spencer wrote on Twitter that her allegations were “utterly false” and “defamatory.”
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told Sky News there would be no investigation into the matter until Ghani files a formal complaint, which she has not yet done.
Ghani came out with her story at a time when Johnson is already under fire for his ‘party gate’, as the scandal over closing parties was his responsibility. Sue Gray, a high-ranking British official, was due to publish her report on the case next week.
According to the Sunday Times, Gray will also investigate violations of the Corona measures at Johnson’s headquarters in 11 Downing Street. Close friends of Johnson’s wife Carey were visiting there when that wasn’t really allowed. Officially, it was about work-related visits
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