A debate on Islamophobia is set to take place in parliament tomorrow - here's what we know so far


A debate is set to take place tomorrow on Islamaphobia awareness month in parliament.

The debate was secured by the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Afzal Khan. Khan, who is a member of the Muslim All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) took to his social media channels to urge the public to write to their MPs about speaking at the debate. 

The Muslim Council of Britain have reiterated the message and have asked the public to contact local MPs to endorse the APPG Britsh Muslims definition of Islamophobia. 

The APPG recommended definition is as follows: Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.

The definition has been adopted by all major political parties apart from the Conservative party, but this should not obscure the fact that all parties have been found wanting on the issue. Some public institutions including the Met Police have also adopted the definition.

The push for meaningful action to address the matter has been further emphasised in light of recent events. According to the latest figures from gov.uk, 45% of all religious hate crimes were targeted at Muslims in 2020 and 2021.

The debate starts at 14:30 and will be available to watch live on parliament tv.