Labour activist calls out MP on racist remarks but then gets expelled from party
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Labour MP Jess Phillips is involved in a Twitter row after saying families of disabled British Pakistanis are importing wives from abroad.
In an interview with The Times, Jess Phillips is reported to have said that British Asians (specifically the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities) have issues regarding women's roles, adding that, whilst not all of the British Pakistani families adhere to these practices, she has dealt with these cases and the problem exists.
"That's the truth," she told The Times, "not all of them, obviously. But I have lots of cases on my books. The acceptability of going and getting a wife abroad if your son is disabled, for example. As if he deserves to have a wife and we'll just get one from Pakistan. That's not okay in my books."
Phillip’s comments were not taken lightly by Labour Party member and Disability activist Nadeem Ahmed, who voiced his contention on Twitter:
My MP Jess Phillips is racist. Why did I ever vote for her; this pakistani man spent Ramadan campaigning for her in the heat without water pic.twitter.com/6F6k1UzdqM— Nadeem Ahmed (@Muqadaam) August 29, 2017
As a British Pakistani in Philip’s constituency, Ahmed deemed her claims as racist generalisations and asked that an explanation be issued. When this was not forthcoming, Ahmed filed a letter of complaint.
So I'm called a troll; if you look at my tweets I have not been trolling; I'm just upset and need you to explain the racist comments https://t.co/6LtAxDgdRT— Nadeem Ahmed (@Muqadaam) 30 August 2017
I will be writing a letter of complaint to the Labour Party re: Jess Phillips comments on Pakistani Muslims. I will tweet a copy once done.— Nadeem Ahmed (@Muqadaam) 31 August 2017
Jess Philips failed to address Ahmed’s criticism and dismissed him as a fruitless troll:
Rallied by full glass of flat cola. I think it's only fair to say that the man trying to bully me and threaten me is not my local momentum— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) August 30, 2017
As of this morning, Ahmed announced that after years of active membership he had been expelled from the Labour Party but will be appealing to Labour's Governance and Legal Unit.
Breaking News : I have just been expelled from the Labour Party . More to follow . I need all your support . I'm hurt and very upset .— Nadeem Ahmed (@Muqadaam) August 31, 2017
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Twice now people have made fake tweets appearing to be from me. @Twitter need to make this a reporting option. It's libelous— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) 31 August 2017