Labour Muslim Network report highlights lack of progress
Thursday, May 20th, 2021
The Labour Muslim Network commissioned a report into the experiences of Muslim members of the Labour Party. A survey was conducted over a two month period in July and August 2020 which asked questions about the personal experiences of Muslim Labour Party members as well as their views on Labour’s priorities. 422 validated responses were received and these were summarized in the report. The report makes for startling reading, amongst other findings the report states:
29% of Muslim members and supporters have directly experienced Islamophobia in the Labour Party and nearly half of Muslim members (44%) and supporters do not believe the Labour Party takes the issue of Islamophobia seriously.
Worryingly 48% of Muslim members and supporters stated that they did not have confidence in the Labour Party complaints procedure to deal with Islamophobia effectively.
46% of Muslim members and supporters disagreed with the statement “I believe the Labour Party represents the Muslim community effectively”.
The Labour party has traditionally been the home of many Muslim voters, however, this report shows that relationships within the party remain strained and there is still a large amount of work to be done. The report also highlights the need for more in-depth work on the experiences of Muslim members of the Labour party, including the experiences of those who have sought to become Members of Parliament. The report doesn’t mention individual experiences of Islamophobia in the Party and this may be another area for future research. The complaints procedure doesn’t carry the confidence of almost half of those that responded. This needs to be addressed by the party. The Labour Party has relied on Muslim voters to win many ‘safe seats’ and prides itself on its values of fairness and equality. However, this report highlights that there is still some distance to travel to help Muslim members of the Party feel that they are welcome and safe in the Labour Party. The report can be accessed here.