Islamophobia faces being kicked into the long grass by the Tories

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Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Correspondent
Thursday 16 May 2019 18:58 BST
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“Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”

That is the proposed definition of Islamophobia rejected by the government on Thursday, prompting allegations of “pernicious racism” and neglect for the safety of British Muslims.

James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, told MPs the government would appoint two advisers to draw up an alternative definition “as a matter of urgency”.

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