Boris Johnson: What the Prime Minister said when ordering an investigation into Nusrat Ghani’s claims about Islamophobia

The Cabinet Office has been asked to “establish facts” regarding the MP’s statement about phobias

Boris Johnson has requested an investigation after Nusrat Ghani said she was fired over concerns about her “Islamism” (Getty/PA)

The Prime Minister had a phone conversation with Nusrat Ghani on Sunday night (January 23).

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He has now asked the Cabinet Office to “confirm the facts” regarding Ms. Ghani’s claims about Islamophobia.

What did Nusrat Ghani say?

Ms. Ghani announced that she was sacked as transport minister because of concerns about her Muslim faith.

She said she had been told by caning the Government that her faith was “annoying colleagues”.

The allegations were strongly denied by Whip chief Mark Spencer, who called them “completely untrue”.

He said her comments in an interview with The Sunday Times were “defamatory”.

Ms Ghani said she raised the matter directly with Mr Johnson after being ousted in a ministerial reshuffle in February 2020.

However, he told her that he could not participate.

What does Downing Street say about Nusrat Ghani’s statement?

A spokesman for Number 10 said: “The Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to launch an investigation into the allegations made by MP Nusrat Ghani.

“At the time these allegations were first made, the Prime Minister recommended that she make a formal complaint to CCHQ (Conservative Campaign Headquarters).

“She did not accept this offer.

“The prime minister has now asked officials to verify the truth about what happened.

“As he said at the time, the Prime Minister takes these statements very seriously.”

What was Nusrat Ghani’s reaction?

Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who on Sunday supported an investigation into the allegations, said it was “important” and that the matter had been looked at “properly”.

Speaking to Sky News on Monday, the Cabinet Secretary said: “She has made a very serious charge, the Prime Minister spoke to her last night and said the Cabinet Office would investigate the matter. this and consider the details of this.

“She put out a statement last night saying that actually, to be fair to her, these could be people who are not even members of the Conservative Party, which is why we need Gotta get into this very quickly.

“And of course, Chief Whip has come out and claimed to be personally and I work with both colleagues, and I think it’s important that someone as a senior Cabinet Office official should see this is right, because Chief Whip has also explicitly denied this. ”

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