Dawn Butler MP writes to the Prime Minister after Lee Anderson MPs Islamophobic comments

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you in my capacity as Chair of the London Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) to express our very serious and deep concern over the Islamophobic and hateful comments made by your colleague, Lee Anderson MP, on national TV regarding the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

As may have come to your attention over the last few days, the former Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss has been peddling far right propaganda and Lee Anderson appeared on GB News and claimed that "Islamists have got control of Khan" and furthermore “they have got control of London”. Anderson continued in the interview alleging “he has actually given the capital city away to his mates” adding a cautionary end note “beware… expect more of this and expect our city to be taken over by these lunatics”.

At a time when we are discussing the safety of our politicians I am so utterly shocked to see comments such as these from Members of Parliament. These comments are not only profoundly offensive but indeed dangerous. At a time when tensions are running exceedingly high in politics, Lee Anderson’s comments only fuel the flames of division and hatred in our society and put the safety and well-being of Muslim communities at risk and so too our Mayor of London Sadiq Khan himself. 

These views are not compatible with the values of the vast majority of Londoners including I am sure Conservative MPs who represent our great city of London who, like me, value the diversity of our capital. Indeed, I always say that diversity is our strength. I therefore urge you to take this matter seriously and to show urgent leadership and integrity on this issue.

I am concerned that at the point of writing this letter your party has not taken any immediate action to condemn or discipline Lee Anderson or Liz Truss, I, along with my colleagues in the London PLP are calling on you to publicly denounce Lee Anderson's comments and immediately withdraw the whip. I also believe it is only fitting that an apology be forthcoming to Sadiq Khan and the wider Muslim community on behalf of your party. 

The London PLP and I would welcome the opportunity for a select group to urgently meet with you and indeed the Chair of the Conservative Party to follow-up on what steps you will take to address the problem of Islamophobia within your ranks to ensure such incidents do not happen again.

Given the seriousness of this issue, I look forward to receiving your urgent reply.

Yours sincerely,


Dawn Butler MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Brent Central

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