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Boris Johnson invited ex-minister to make Islamophobia complaint: Spokesperson

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Johnson had written to Ghani “expressing his serious concern (about possible Islamophobia) and inviting her to begin a formal complaint process. She did not subsequently do so,” said a spokesperson for the prime minister.

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Muslim lawmaker Nusrat Ghani after she was fired from a ministerial position in 2020 regarding claims of Islamophobia and he later invited her to make a formal complaint, his office said on Sunday.

Ghani, 49, who lost her job as a junior transport minister in February 2020, told the Sunday Times that a “whip”, an enforcer of parliamentary discipline, said her “Muslimness” had been raised as an issue in her sacking.

Johnson had written to Ghani “expressing his serious concern (about possible Islamophobia) and inviting her to begin a formal complaint process. She did not subsequently do so,” said a spokesperson for the prime minister.

She was also told her "Muslim woman minister status was making colleagues feel uncomfortable", she claimed. 

Ghani, vice-chairwoman of the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, told the paper that "it was like being punched in the stomach. I felt humiliated and powerless."

She said she remained quiet for fear of being "ostracised by colleagues".

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