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Calls grow for Sunak to appoint independent Islamophobia adviser amid Anderson row

Sky News Tuesday, 27 February 2024
Calls are growing for the prime minister to appoint a new independent Islamophobia adviser amid the ongoing row over Lee Anderson.
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Rishi Sunak Rishi Sunak Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2022

PM: ''We are making a choice to prioritise defence'' [Video]

PM: ''We are making a choice to prioritise defence''

Rishi Sunak and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a joint press conference. Speaking today in Berlin, the prime minister confirmed the reduction in civil service headcount to pre-pandemic levels would partly fund the defence spending uplift. Report by Gluszczykm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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PM Rishi Sunak and Chancellor Olaf Scholz hold a meeting [Video]

PM Rishi Sunak and Chancellor Olaf Scholz hold a meeting

Rishi Sunak met the Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Wednesday to discuss closer co-operation on security, trade and illegal migration. Report by Gluszczykm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Rishi Sunak meets Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin [Video]

Rishi Sunak meets Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin

Rishi Sunak visits Germany, the day after announcing in Poland that the UK will spend 2.5% of GDP on defence by 2030. The prime minister is welcomed with military honours by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the country's capital. Report by Gluszczykm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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PM Rishi Sunak meets troops stationed in Germany [Video]

PM Rishi Sunak meets troops stationed in Germany

Rishi Sunak visits Germany, the day after announcing in Poland that the UK will spend 2.5% of GDP on defence by 2030. The prime minister assures officers of the pride and gratitude shared by allies who are all excited to work alongside them. Report by Gluszczykm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Emily Thornberry: Labour's first priority is safety [Video]

Emily Thornberry: Labour's first priority is safety

Emily Thornberry says ''Labour's first priority is safety'' as she pledges to increase defence spending. The shadow attorney general questions how Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is going to fund the 75 billion pounds increase in defence spending he announced yesterday. Report by Gluszczykm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Lee Anderson (British politician) Lee Anderson (British politician) British politician (born 1967)

Anderson doesn't believe Khan comments were wrong in any way [Video]

Anderson doesn't believe Khan comments were wrong in any way

Former deputy Conservative Party chair, Lee Anderson, has doubled down on his comment that London Mayor Sadiq Khan was "under the control of Islamists". He said he didn't consider Mr Khan's own faith when criticising him but just thought he was a "useless" mayor that "pandered to this section of people". Report by Brooksl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Anderson has not spoken to PM but has 'support' from Tories [Video]

Anderson has not spoken to PM but has 'support' from Tories

Former deputy Conservative Party chair, Lee Anderson, has not spoken to Rishi Sunak since he lost the whip, adding he held no malice toward the prime minister. Mr Anderson refused to rule out joining the Reform Party, saying he was not prepared to discuss his political journey. Report by Brooksl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Lee Anderson asked if he'll join Reform Party [Video]

Lee Anderson asked if he'll join Reform Party

Former deputy Conservative Party chair, Lee Anderson is asked whether he'll be joining the Reform Party after losing the whip for suggesting London Mayor Sadiq Khan is being controlled by Islamists. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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PM: Threats to our democratic processes have crossed a line [Video]

PM: Threats to our democratic processes have crossed a line

In an exclusive interview, the Prime Minister tells Channel 5 News' Andy Bell that threats to our democratic processes have crossed a line. While discussing events over the last week, and when questioned about his view on whether Lee Anderson’s comments about Sadiq Khan were Islamophobic, Rishi Sunak said he agreed with people’s frustrations that the aggressive and intimidating behaviour of some is threatening the UK’s democracy. Report by Covellm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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PM avoids answering if Anderson's comments were Islamophobic [Video]

PM avoids answering if Anderson's comments were Islamophobic

Rishi Sunak has stopped short of directly saying that the comments made by Lee Anderson were Islamophobic, instead insisting that they were "wrong and unacceptable." Lee Anderson lost the Conservative whip over the weekend after failing to apologise for claiming “Islamists” had “got control” of Sadiq Khan and London. Report by Covellm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Islamophobia Fear, hatred of, or prejudice against the religion of Islam or Muslims in general

Labour: PM doesn't recognise Islamophobia in his party [Video]

Labour: PM doesn't recognise Islamophobia in his party

Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson says the prime minister's refusal to call Lee Anderon's comments racist or Islamophobic is "completely unacceptable", adding he doesn't recognise there being a problem within his party. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Starmer: PM 'lacks the backbone' to call out Islamophobia [Video]

Starmer: PM 'lacks the backbone' to call out Islamophobia

Sir Keir Starmer said Rishi Sunak "lacks the backbone" to call out "Islamophobia" after Lee Anderson’s attack on Sadiq Khan. Speaking during a visit to Shrewsbury, the Labour leader said: "I think this is straightforward. It’s Islamophobia and the Prime Minister should call it out for what it is... The reason he won’t is because he is so weak. They are divided, chaotic and if they are re-elected we are going to have five more years of this." Report by Covellm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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