Rushanara Ali MP calls for unity against racism and islamophobia in the wake of divisive comments by Donald Trump

Donald Trump has caused international controversy this week over his inflammatory remarks, calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on”.

His comments come amongst a concerning rise in instances of islamophobia in the UK and internationally over the past few weeks.

Rushanara gave a statement:

“Those who preach hatred have no place in the UK, and Donald Trump’s ignorant comments earlier this week are dangerous and divisive.

“It should be noted that Donald Trump’s unacceptable remarks about Muslims coincide with the anniversary of the 1965 Race Relations Act this week. His comments are a timely reminder that we face massive challenges ahead in making sure we do not go backwards on tackling racism and discrimination.

“Whether it’s Islamophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, or other forms of prejudice and intolerance, the battle against racism and discrimination is one we must prioritise as such actions and language should have no place in the 21st century.”