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Sunak ignores Islamophobia appeal from MP amid extremism row

Exclusive: Liz Truss says she will take ‘a zero tolerance approach to Islamophobia’ after letters from All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Editor
Thursday 04 August 2022 17:44 BST
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Britain foreign secretary Liz Trus and former chancellor Rihi Sunak during BBC debate on 25 July 2022
Britain foreign secretary Liz Trus and former chancellor Rihi Sunak during BBC debate on 25 July 2022 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak has not responded to an appeal to combat Islamophobia, amid a row over his proposals on extremism.

The former chancellor said he wanted to “refocus” the Prevent counter-terrorism scheme on Islamists, after years of anti-Muslim discrimination allegations, and “add vilification of the UK to the definition of extremism”.

Mr Sunak also vowed to “redouble efforts to tackle Islamist extremism” but made no mention of the rising far-right terror threat in his announcement.

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