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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:

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.

Jess Philips failed to address Ahmed’s criticism and dismissed him as a fruitless troll:

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.  

Phillips has also revealed that a series of apparently Photoshopped fake tweets, appearing to have been sent from her account, have been shared online. 

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