09 November 2015

Muslims in Birmingham told vote Labour or go to hell, court hears

Muslim voters in Birmingham were told they would go to hell if they didn’t vote Labour, a court has heard.

The claim came in an Election Court challenge to Labour councillor for Washwood Heath, Ansar Ali Khan, whose legal team said he had done nothing wrong.

Councillor Khan was re-elected on May 7 with a thumping 7,802 majority – the largest in Birmingham.

The case surrounded a Facebook photo and message published on April 15 in which it suggests all followers of Barelvi Sufi tradition of Islam should vote Labour.

It showed leader of the Victoria Road Mosque in Aston Pir Siddiqui with eight Labour politicians, including Ansar Ali Khan, and the statement: “All Pir, Sahiban and Darbars in Birmingham have ordered Mureeds to vote Labour in elections.”

It suggests religious leaders have urged followers to vote Labour. [Birmingham Mail] Read more