Jeremy Corbyn slammed over appearance at event hosted by ‘hardline Muslim group’

By Martin Coulter, Evening Standard

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Jeremy Corbyn is facing criticism for attending an event organised by a so-called hardline Muslim group previously accused of anti-semitism.

A number of Labour MPs attended the event held by the Muslim Engagement and Development group (Mend) to mark the start of Islamophobia Awareness Week on Wednesday.

Mr Corbyn reportedly told the audience: “Our future lies in mutual respect between all communities…An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. The only future is to come together” …

MPs Anna Soubry, Crispin Blunt, Sir Ed Davey and Joanna Cherry had been due to speak at the event but pulled out shortly before.

Speaking on his LBC radio show ahead of the event, Maajid Nawaz, founder of anti-extremist organisation Quilliam, said: “What are you thinking? You should be ashamed of yourselves.

“If your colleagues have pulled out, what are you still doing being involved with this event?”

The Henry Jackson Society think tank published a report earlier this week describing Mend as “regularly hosting illiberal, intolerant and extremist Islamist speakers at public events”.

Read more in the Evening Standard.


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