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The Prime Minister has said that the Conservatives are a party of ‘inspiration’ not Islamaphobia.

Boris Johnson’s comments came after Tory MP Nusrat Ghani said she was told that she was sacked for the cabinet because her Muslim faith was making people ‘uncomfortable’.

In the Commons, Mr Johnson pointed to the diversity of his frontbench as a means of suggesting that the party is not racist.

Labor MP Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow) said during PMQs: “Threats and intimidation, bribery and blackmail, racism and Islamophobia. That is the character of this Government.

“Every day the Prime Minister lurches from scandal to scandal and meanwhile this Government has written off £ 4.3 billion to fraudsters.

“Instead of writing off loans to fraudsters, why won’t the Prime Minister write his resignation to the Queen?”

Boris Johnson responded: “She talks about racism and Islamophobia. Look at this Government.”

Mr Johnson then pointed to his frontbench, including Priti Patel and Sajid Javid.

He added: “If you look at the modern Conservative Party, we are the party of hope and opportunity for people irrespective of race or religion, and we do not care what religion you affirm, all we care about is whether you are invested in ideas of aspiration and opportunity. “

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