26 January 2016

Listen: Damning audio which proves future Lord Mayor Muhammad Afzal called David Cameron an Islamophobe

Birmingham’s future Lord Mayor has been caught on tape labelling David Cameron an Islamophobe at a protest meeting about anti-terror measures - a day after denying saying it.

And Muhammad Afzal, Chairman of the Central Mosque , said the Prime Minister “keeps on talking about extremists, extremists, extremists”, as he questioned claims that up to 700 Islamists had travelled from Britain to fight in Syria.

The Birmingham Mail told on Friday how the future civic leader had attended a protest meeting about the Prevent anti-terror laws and controversial new measures giving Ofsted power to inspect out-of-hours ‘schools’, including madrassas.

Coun Afzal later issued a statement denying he did not back Prevent and claimed his comments had been ‘sensationalised’ and ‘taken out of context’ - while he also denied calling the Prime Minister an Islamophobe, during a telephone call with our reporter.

But a photograph appeared today of him standing alongside a banner saying ‘No to Prevent’ while in our tape recording of the meeting he attacks David Cameron and his Government’s claims about the number of British Muslims travelling abroad to fight in Syria. [Birmingham Mail] Read more