Joint statement from Kris Hopkins MP and Lord Janner

Joint statement from Kris Hopkins MP and Lord Janner of Braunstone QC, chair and vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia:

December 8, 2010

History has taught us that there is a clear need to address religious hatred in any way it manifests itself.

The APPG on Islamophobia is about facing up to hatred against the Muslim community, and its establishment is clearly appropriate at this time.

In common with many APPGs, the idea of having an external organisation provide administrative support was deemed a sensible and practical way forward.

Sincere concerns have been raised regarding Engage’s suitability to be the secretariat for the APPG. The Islamophobia APPG needs to be seen to be above reproach and political leaning, in order to have trust and confidence in the process.”

This situation is not sustainable and it is therefore our intention, to call a meeting of the group at the earliest opportunity, to recommend that we dispense with the services of Engage.

Last updated: 2:10pm, December 8 2010