‘My Muslim woman status was making colleagues uncomfortable,’ ex UK minister, Nusrat Ghani discloses why she was sacked
The Sunday Times reported on Jan 23 that ex British lawmaker, Nusrat Ghani claims she was sacked from a cabinet position in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government because her Muslim faith ‘made colleagues uncomfortable.’
The 49 year-old who was fired from her junior transport minister job in February 2020, told the publication that a whip, a parliamentary discipline enforcer, informed her that her “Muslimness’ was a factor of her dismissal. “I was told that ‘Muslimness’ was highlighted as a ‘problem’ during the reshuffle meeting in Downing Street, that my ‘Muslim women minister’ status was making colleagues uncomfortable,” publication quoted Ghani.
Johnson’s Downing Street office did not immediately respond to her remarks, but Mark Spencer, the government’s chief whip, believes to be the target of Ghani’s accusations. Spencer added that when Ghani first raised the concern in March, she declined to take the situation up for a formal review.