Shocking moment Michael Fabricant says ‘hardly obvious’ Nus Ghani is Muslim ‘Lame excuse’

Nusrat Ghani criticised for 'lame excuse' by Fabricant

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The MP for Lichfield told LBC that claims made by Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani in The Sunday Times, where she alleges she was fired from her job as a transport minister in early 2020 after being told by a Conservative Whip her “Muslimness was raised as an issue” and her “Muslim woman minister status was making colleagues feel uncomfortable”, are part of efforts to take down Prime Minister Boris Johnson in what he branded was an “open season”.

Speaking to Andrew Pierce on Sunday, Mr Fabricant claimed how the timing of Ms Ghani’s revelations is “interesting”.

He added: “It is not only open season on the Whip’s office, I think far more importantly, all this is because it is open season on Boris Johnson and putting pressure on him from the party to try and get him to resign!

“Which I think is all very, very sad.”

He stressed that “prejudice of any kind” in Britain is “pathetic” adding that it was clearly wrong centuries ago.

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The Lichfield MP noted: “Ministers, they come and they go, sometimes it is because you want to refresh the ministerial team.

“Sometimes it is because they were useless, sometimes it is because they are just average and mediocre and you want to put somebody else in.”

But in a shocking moment, Mr Fabricant claimed that he thought Ms Ghani’s accusations against the party Whip “actually stinks”.

He said: “For her to stay the someone had said it is because she is Muslim…

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“I mean she is hardly someone who is obviously a Muslim, I mean I had no idea what religion she is.”

Mr Fabricant then appeared to draw a comparison of the issue of identity as he brought up former Labour MP Keith Vaz, who he said was a “Goan Christian”. 

He added: “Others are Hindu’s, others are Muslim, but with her it wasn’t apparent…

“So it does seem a rather lame excuse to me that she claims that she was sacked because of that. Frankly, the timing is very suspicious.”

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The bombshell accusations took a new turn as Tory Whip Mark Spencer outed himself on Twitter claiming he was the Whip at the centre of the allegations from Ms Ghani, having previously been unidentified in the original report.

He tweeted: “These accusations are completely false and I consider them to be defamatory. I have never used those words attributed to me.”

A spokesperson for the whips’ office told The Sunday Times: “These claims are categorically untrue. Ministerial roles are appointed on merit and rewards for hard work.

“The party does not tolerate any form of racism or discrimination.”

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