Labour Insider: Rotherham Favourite Blocked ‘Because Muslim’ mdi-fullscreen

Mahroof Hussain was seemingly a dead cert to be selected as Labour’s candidate for the Rotherham by-election following the demise of Denis MacShane. A Labour councillor for ten years, Hussain helped fight extremism as part of a Home Office task force following the 7/7 bombings and was even awarded an MBE in 2008. So why was this local hero rejected by Labour central command? According to the Guardian:

“One Labour insider said Hussain had been the “red hot favourite” locally but as a Muslim man was deemed too much of a risk to the party in the wake of the¬†child sex grooming scandal involving Pakistani males in the constituency¬†which has prompted far right protests in the constituency.”

The decision provoked uproar:

Respect are going big in the seat…

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