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UK: MPs walk out in battle over Islamist group

30th January 2011

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The chairman and vice-chairman of an all-party parliamentary group tackling “discrimination” against Muslims have resigned after the group granted a Commons security pass to an Islamist sympathiser.

Kris Hopkins, Tory MP for Keighley, and the Labour peer Lord Janner, quit the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia after failing to persuade their colleagues to sack a body called iEngage as the group’s secretariat.

iEngage, also known as Engage, is an organisation of Islamist sympathisers which has repeatedly defended extremists. Last year, it called on the Government to revoke a ban on a hardline foreign preacher who has said that “every Muslim should be a terrorist”.

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