In November 2020 the Labour Muslim Network launched research into the prevalence of Islamophobia within the Labour Party. This groundbreaking research was the biggest consultation of Muslim Labour members in the parties history; and it highlighted an alarming amount of racism within our movement targeting Muslims, as well as a belief by Muslim members that this issue was not being taken seriously.
The report found:
More than 1 in 4 (29%) Muslim members and supporters have directly experienced Islamophobia in the Labour Party.
More than 1 in 3 (37%) have directly witnessed Islamophobia within the Labour Party.
Nearly half of Muslim members (44%) and supporters do not believe the Labour Party takes the issue of Islamophobia seriously.
Nearly half (48%) of Muslim members and supporters do not have confidence in the Labour Party complaints procedure to deal with Islamophobia effectively.
59% of Muslim members and supporters do not feel “well represented by the leadership of the Labour Party.”
More than half (55%) of Muslim members and supporters do not “trust the leadership of the Labour Party to tackle Islamophobia effectively.”
To read the full report, go here: www.labourmuslims.org/research
Following the publication of the report, the Labour Muslim Network also launched a series of roundtables with ordinary members, councillors, MPs and affiliates. We wanted to ensure your voices were right at the heart of our work in tackling Islamophobia in the Labour movement and any action plan created had a bottom up approach. We have always believed for this process to be thorough and true to the experiences of members, it has to be completely open and transparent.
Following the biggest consultation of members in the Party history and a series of roundtables engaging hundreds more, it was agreed with the Labour Party that we would set up an ‘Islamophobia Task Force’ where we would create an action plan and monitor the progress of the actions being taken by the Party.
Below is the draft action plan:
The Action Plan: