A Muslim Conservative MP accused a party whip of sacking as a minister in 2020 because she is a Muslim, the Sunday Times reported.
Nusrat Ghani, the vice-chairwoman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, was sacked as a transport minister in a mini reshuffle early in 2020.
Ghani claimed she was told by a whip that her “Muslimness was raised as an issue” at a meeting in Downing Street and that her “Muslim woman minister status was making colleagues feel uncomfortable.”
She said: “It was like being punched in the stomach. I felt humiliated and powerless.”
Moreover, Ghani asseted that she had kept quiet after being warned that if she continued to raise the matter she would be “ostracised by colleagues” and her “career and reputation”
In response, Conservative Chief Whip Mark Spencer said Ghani was referring to him and added her claims were completely false and he considered them defamatory.
However, Cabinet minister Nadhim Zahawi has affirmed that the allegation should be investigated.
Ghani became the first Muslim woman to be a government minister when she was appointed to a post at the Department for Transport. She lost that job in a mini-reshuffle of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government in February 2020.