Peerage for Muslim Council of Britain head?

Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain

Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain

The government is preparing to give a peerage to the head of the Muslim Council of Britain, even though government links with the organisation are officially suspended.

Ministers are keen to find a prominent Muslim to enter the House of Lords as a way of balancing the peerage given to Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks earlier this year.

It is understood that the name of Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, was proposed at a meeting in Downing Street earlier this week to discuss relations with the Muslim community.

The MCB has been frozen out since its deputy secretary general, Daud Abdullah, was found to have signed the Istanbul declaration calling for attacks on Jewish communities and the British navy following Israel’s military action in Gaza.

    Last updated: 4:59pm, November 26 2009