Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jordan Horner banned from protesting or demonstrating with 13 other people

A radical Muslim convert already banned from promoting Sharia law in London has had the terms of his anti-social behaviour order amended.  
Jordan Horner, 21, of Radbourne Crescent, Walthamstow, was the first person in the UK to be banned from preaching in public following a landmark five-year ASBO ruling in February of last year.
He has now had an additional three-year order placed on his ASBO banning him from attending any demonstration, protest or rally with 13 other people.
The amendment comes after Judge Paul Worsley QC at the Old Bailey handed down ASBOs to nine other Muslims, from Luton, at the Old Bailey on January 23.  
Horner, was one of five men convicted and jailed for sectarian violence in June last year, after violence broke out against a rival sect at a rally organised and led by radical cleric Anjem Choudary, also from Walthamstow. 
The protest, involving members of the proscribed terrorist organisation Al Muhajiroun, resulted in two Shi'ite Muslims being violently attacked and beaten with wooden placards in Edgware Road in May 2013. 

Dr Mirza Tariq Ali, 39, from Lambkins Mews, Walthamstow, was one of the five men convicted of sectarian violence alongside Horner. 
But the Muslim surgeon fled the country in April, a month before the trial, and has since been struck off by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. 
Ali used the flagpole of his wooden placard to repeatedly hit a man who already been punched to the ground.
It is understood he has not returned to the UK since, with reports suggesting he is fighting alongside the Taliban in Pakistan. 
A spokesman for Scotland Yard, said: "We would not wish to speculate on where Mirza Tariq Ali is at this time." 
In February 2014, Horner was banned from possessing a loudhailer, distributing material promoting Sharia law or congregating with four named men, unless for peaceful worship.
The five-year also prohibits him from entering any educational establishment in greater London unless he is a registered student, approach people, distribute leaflets or fix posters to promoting the establishment of Sharia Law in the UK. 
Following Friday's ruling, Commander Richard Walton of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) said: "These men have been convicted of serious violent and public order offences during protests organised by Al Muhajiroun where they espoused anti western and anti Semitic rhetoric. 
"Some were previously involved in shouting abuse to members of the British military during home coming parades. We will continue to use all lawful means to tackle those who use threats and violence in this way." 

Cardiff postman suspended over terror arrest

Sajid Idris

Sajid Idris is understood to have been suspended on full pay from his job at the Penarth Road sorting office

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A Cardiff postman has been suspended from his Royal Mail job following his arrest on suspicion of a terrorism offence, BBC Wales understands.
It is understood Sajid Idris has been suspended on full pay from his job at the Penarth Road sorting office.
He was arrested, along with four other men, by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit last December.
The Royal Mail declined to comment.
Officers executed six search warrants at addresses in the Grangetown area of Cardiff and Barry in December.
The arrests were for allegedly supporting proscribed organisations.
One of those arrested, Syed Choudary, 18, from Grangetown, was subsequently charged with supporting a proscribed organisation and assisting in the preparation of an act of terrorism.
He was remanded in custody and is due to stand trial in June.
Mr Idris, and three other men, were granted police bail until a date in March.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bank adviser and her fiance 'stole £123,000 from customer's account after they were threatened with release of compromising photos in run up to wedding'

Won't leave the house without her hijab on, but will lie, cheat, and steal from her clients and the company she works for. Claims to have been blackmailed by some fictitious men into doing it, otherwise they would release nude photographs of her to the world. So how did they get these photographs from such a 'modest' muslim? Is she saying she's a tart? Lying, cheating, stealing, obstructing investigations, and yet claiming to be so devout. This really angers me about some of these muslim men and women.

  • Anisyah Ali, 25, was a personal banker at Halifax's North Finchley branch
  • She passed details to fiance Salim Hussain to obtain a debit card and PIN
  • They used customer Julian Masters' money to buy cars and jewellery
  • Ali claimed her fiance had been harassed by a man named Raza Shah 
  • Old Bailey heard today there was no evidence to back up her allegations
  • Ali, Hussain and co-defendant Zain Hussain, 28, deny charges of fraud 
A bank adviser and her fiance stole £123,000 from a customer's account after they claimed fraudsters had threatened to reveal compromising photos in the run up to their wedding, a court heard. 

Anisyah Ali, 25, who was working at Halifax's North Finchley branch in north London, passed confidential details to fiance Salim Hussain, 29, and used the money to buy cars and jewellery.

The Old Bailey heard that by the time customer Julian Masters spotted the transactions, £123,000 had been approved, while the bank had declined another £114,000.

Aniysah Ali, pictured arriving at the Old Bailey, was working at a Halifax branch in north London when she allegedly used her powers as a personal banker to take the details of a customer and spend £123,000
Aniysah Ali, pictured arriving at the Old Bailey, was working at a Halifax branch in north London when she allegedly used her powers as a personal banker to take the details of a customer and spend £123,000

Ali was allegedly able to use her position as a personal banker to remove blocks on the account when the bank became suspicious of unusual spending activity. 

The couple changed his address and used his personal details to order a new debit card and PIN number and Ali quit her £16,500 job the day before she was arrested on 30 May 2012.

She initially made no comment, but in a prepared statement later told police her husband-to-be had been threatened by a man known as Raza Shah and co-defendant, 28-year-old Zain Hussain.

Prosecutor David Hughes told the court: 'She said prior to the offending her husband had been subjected to a campaign of harassment by way of threats to his mobile phone.

'She also stated that Shah threatened to reveal compromising photos of her to her family.'
However, there is no evidence to back up her claims, the court heard, and Mr Hughes added that Shah, real name Alexander Saeed, was not standing trial after admitting fraud.

Mr Hughes continued: 'It is the Crown's case that the role of Anisyah Ali is absolutely vital. She was a pivotal figure. The fraud could not have been carried out without the involvement of Ms Ali.

'She used and abused her position to access the account, obtain the necessary information to change the account owner's address to another one connected to the fraudsters and enabled the obtaining of the debit card used to carry out fraudulent transactions in a variety of locations on many occasions.'

Co-defendant Zain Hussain, 28, denies fraud by false representation at the Old Bailey
Co-defendant Zain Hussain, 28, denies fraud by false representation at the Old Bailey
The court heard how, on April 16, 2012, Ali accessed Mr Masters' account while in a private interview room at the bank.

She changed the address on the account to one in Southall, west London, and ordered a new debit card and PIN number destined to fall into the hands of the fraudsters, the jury was told.

The card was blocked on a number of occasions between April 21, and May 5, 2012 because of the unusual spending pattern on the account.

Mr Hughes said: 'The information she was able to get from the account enabled those carrying out the fraud to telephone the bank to have the card reinstated.'

Ali was arrested on 30 May 2012 at the bank's Wembley branch and receipts found in her handbag revealed cash deposits made to her Barclays account totaling more than £13,000.

At her Southall home, which she shared with Salim Hussain, more receipts were recovered, including ones from a local jewellery shop.

Checks at the shop revealed a forged utility bill had been used in conjunction with the debit card to make fraudulent purchases, the jury heard.

Other successful transactions included the purchase of two cars, for £7,950 and £6,900.
Ali and Salim, both of Southall, and Zain Hussain, of Hounslow, west London, all deny fraud by false representation.

Ali also denies fraud by abuse of position between 27 March 2012 and 30 May 2012.

The trial continues. 

£2million Blackburn Muslim boarding school will be self financing

THE principal of an Islamic college granted permission to build a new independent Muslim girls’ boarding school has stressed its strong community links.
Mufti Abdus-Samad Ahmed has also made clear that neither the existing boys’ nor the new girls’ school would receive or seek any financial support from the government or local council.
On Thursday night Blackburn with Darwen planning committee approved the £2million scheme for 400 pupils.
The 40,000 square foot ‘Gardens of Knowledge and Guidance’ school will house 200 boarders, including some from overseas, and provide day education for another 200 from local area.
The school will be built in the grounds of the existing Islamic Knowledge and Guidance boys’ college in Moss Street, Daisyfield, Blackburn.
Two local residents objected on grounds of extra traffic and the buildings overlooking nearby residential properties.
Before approving the scheme, councillors on the committee were given assurances by the college’s planning agent, Rafiq Mogra, that the maximum number of boarders would not exceed 200 and that the college authorities would continue to work closely with the borough’s children’s service department to ensure the welfare of residential children.

Mr Ahmed said: “We are pleased that our girls’ school has been approved. We have been operating since 1997 and have neither received any funding in the past from the local council or the Department for Education, nor intend to apply for any in the future.
Some Lancashire Telegraph readers have expressed concerns about the need for more religious schools and the possible use of taxpayers cash.
“We are totally independent and will operate solely through contributions from parents and donors.
“We enjoy a collaborative partnership with the local community, local institutions and authorities.
“Students recently donated to the Blackburn Foodbank, contributed to a new roof at the East Lancashire Hospice, delivered hot meals to the Salvation Army Centre in Blackburn and raised money for the World Book Day.”
“Our students have been actively involved in projects with the Blackburn Cathedral and with the local Army regiment and Lancashire Police.”

Almost 500 cases of female genital mutilation identified in just one month in English hospitals

An average of 15 cases were discovered each day in November, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
Last November 466 cases of FGM were identified; while in October, the first month such figures were compiled, 455 cases were reported. The figures for December are expected this week.
Despite the apparently high number of FGM cases, no one has yet been convicted for the practice, which has been illegal in the UK since 1985.
Dhanuson Dharmasena is currently on trial accused of performing FGM on a patient at the Whittington hospital in north London, it is the first prosecution of its kind.
FGM is the deliberate partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
It is often performed in north and east Africa, as well as in some Middle Eastern and Asian cultures, on pre-pubescent girls and is thought to mark the passage into womanhood.
John Cameron, the NSPCC’s head of child protection operations, called FGM a “barbaric practice”.
“It is vital all health professionals are trained to spot the signs of FGM and that girls who are subjected to this brutal practice get the post-traumatic support they deserve,” he told the Sunday Times.
FGM poses an increased risk to childbirth, can cause infertility, raises the risk of infection and can even result in death.
In the UK it is estimated that 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk every year, according to the Plan charity, which campaigns against the practice. Globally, 130 million girls and women have undergone FGM.
Around a quarter of NHS trusts did not submit figures to the HSCIC, which means the true number of cases is likely to be higher.

S THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY ACCEPTED MEP AMJAD BASHIR?

One might argue that David Cameron and Tory Chairman Grant Shapps’s desperation to put one in the eye to UKIP has clouded their judgment. We’ve seen this desperation already expressed on the back of the Paris terrorist attack. I believe we’re seeing it again here with Bashir.
Questions have been raised as to the “financial” issues which UKIP has stated it is investigating. But I can also report that there have been a number of other discrepancies being investigated. Bashir was asked to explain these to UKIP, but either lied, or failed to present evidence: 
1. THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HE EMPLOYED AT HIS RESTAURANT
Last year the Times ran a story about Mr Bashir’s restaurant. He had employed illegal immigrants, which of course for a UKIP member would be twice as damaging, given the party’s hard line stance on the matter. Instead of coming clean over the matter, Mr Bashir sought to use the party’s legal resources to pursue the Times with the Press Complaints Commission. It has now been discovered that Mr Bashir lied to UKIP, and he did NOT in fact resign a month before the police raided the restaurant, as was reported. The truth, according to the documentation I have seen, is that Mr Bashir resigned three days AFTER the raid, and simply backdated his resignation as a company director.
2. HIS AFFILIATION WITH MUJEEB BHUTTO AND A TERRORIST-RUN POLITICAL PARTY
Bashir is known to be close friends and colleagues with Mujeeb Bhutto, a man who was briefly involved in UKIP before being rumbled as a Pakistani kidnapping gang leader. 
Bhutto seems to have introduced Bashir to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM Party) which Canadian courts have designated a terrorist organisation. The head of the group, Altaf Hussain, was arrested in London last year on suspicion of money laundering. At a meeting at the MQM’s “London Secretariat” last year, Mr Bashir offered his “best wishes” for Mr Hussain. 
UKIP sources have also revealed to me that Mr Bashir was attempting to get UKIP on “good terms” with MQM — which was apparently rejected outright. 
3. THE BRADFORD SELECTION MEETING AND THE ‘PURPLE TROJAN HORSE’
I’ve also learned that a group of Pakistani Asian men gatecrashed a UKIP parliamentary selection meeting as recently as last week. They apparently successfully infiltrated, at the orders of Mr Bashir’s friend Mr Bhutto, and had candidates selected. This led, according to leaked documents  to the Chairman of the Bradford Branch writing to Nigel Farage and UKIP Chairman Steve Crowther, asking for all the “infiltrators” to be removed from the UK Independence Party.
4. BASHIR’S FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES 
UKIP has also stated that there are irregularities in Mr Bashir’s financial expenditure as a party of the European of Freedom and Direct Democracy political grouping in the European Parliament. No further information has been released along this point, though it is thought to relate to expenses claims.
With all this in mind, it beggars belief that the Prime Minister should welcome the defection of Mr Bashir to the Conservative Party today. His exact words were that was he is “absolutely delighted” that Mr Bashir has joined the Tories. I suggest that if enough voters find out about this background of Mr Bashir, this big defection plan may actually do Mr Cameron more harm than good. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hundreds of live and dead cockroaches found in kitchen, microwave and crawling up walls of pizza takeaway… but inspectors close it for just three days

  • Cockroaches and eggs found 'huddled together' in pizza base cupboard
  • Pizza Pan takeaway in Birmingham also sells fried chicken and chips
  • Infestation of insects found in cool drinks chiller and under work surfaces
  • Also discovered on work surfaces where pizza boxes were being stored
  • Owner Shaid Salim, 38, is fined £900 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs
A pizza takeaway was shut for just three days after health inspectors found it was infested with hundreds of dead and alive cockroaches.

Pizza Pan in Perry Barr, Birmingham, was ordered to shut after baby cockroaches and eggs and 20 of the insects were discovered ‘huddled together’ in a cupboard where pizza bases were kept.

The takeaway, which also sells fried chicken and chips, was also found to have cockroaches behind a cool drinks chiller, under a microwave, and crawling on a wall.

Found under work surface: Pizza Pan in Perry Barr, Birmingham, which also sold fried chicken and chips, was found to have cockroaches behind a cool drinks chiller, under a microwave, and crawling on a wall
Found under work surface: Pizza Pan in Perry Barr, Birmingham, which also sold fried chicken and chips, was found to have cockroaches behind a cool drinks chiller, under a microwave, and crawling on a wall
Disgusting: The insects were also on work surfaces where pizza boxes were being stored, while dead ones were discovered in a storeroom washing up area 
Disgusting: The insects were also on work surfaces where pizza boxes were being stored, while dead ones were discovered in a storeroom washing up area 

The insects were also on work surfaces where pizza boxes were being stored, while dead ones were discovered in a storeroom washing up area.

Its owner Shaid Salim, 38, of Bordesley Green, Birmingham, has now been fined £900 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs after pleading guilty to one charge under the Food Hygiene Regulations.

Magistrates told him it was a serious infestation which built up over time, but they took into account his lack of previous convictions and attempts to restore the business to a better level of hygiene.

 Julia Kettle, prosecuting for Birmingham City Council, told the city’s magistrates’ court that two environmental health officers made a routine visit in November 2013 to the takeaway.

She said: ‘Officers then began inspecting the premises, starting in the kitchen, and immediately saw dead and live cockroaches on the floor.’ 

Miss Kettle said there was ready-to-eat salad on a work surface which raised ‘serious concerns’ of the food being contaminated, while there was also an area where dirt and grease had accumulated.

Inspection: Two environmental health officers made a routine visit in November 2013 to the takeaway (above)
Inspection: Two environmental health officers made a routine visit in November 2013 to the takeaway (above)
Operating business for ten years: Owner Shaid Salim (pictured), 38, has now been fined £900 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs after pleading guilty to one charge under the Food Hygiene Regulations
Operating business for ten years: Owner Shaid Salim (pictured), 38, has now been fined £900 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs after pleading guilty to one charge under the Food Hygiene Regulations

An emergency closure order was issued by the council, but the business was allowed to open again after three days.

Salim did not appear in court for a year, but this was still just inside the 12-month window within which cases can be brought, with his first hearing in November 2014, and his most recent one yesterday.

Officers then began inspecting the premises, starting in the kitchen, and immediately saw dead and live cockroaches on the floor
Julia Kettle, prosecuting
Ghulam Sohail, defending, said Salim had been operating the business for ten years and it had previously been given a high hygiene rating.

A significant amount of work had subsequently been done to prevent rodents or cockroaches getting into the takeaway, he said.

Pizza Pan - which is open every day of the week from 4pm until after midnight - has an average rating of four stars from almost 650 reviews on takeaway website Just Eat.

And its last Food Standards Agency rating in September 2014 was four out of five, which is 'good'.

Responding to a query about why the takeaway was only shut for three days, a council spokesman told MailOnline: 'Where our environmental health officers find breaches of food hygiene regulations in any food business, they will work with that business to ensure any imminent risk to public health is removed and that it complies with regulations, so it can operate safely.

'The time this can take may vary, depending on the severity and extent of the issues identified when inspected, and how well the business works with the council to tackle these effectively, to achieve compliance and remove any risk to public health.'

Monday, January 26, 2015

Charlie Hebdo killers should NOT be called 'terrorists', claims BBC executive

  • Head of BBC Arabic Tarik Kafala says term 'terrorist' is too 'loaded' to use
  • Corporation's own guidance also says the word is considered 'a barrier'
  • Said and Cherif Kouachi and accomplice Amedy Coulibaly murdered 17
  • The brothers killed 12 people in a massacre at offices of Charlie Hebdo
  • Coulibaly murdered a policewoman and then four others in Kosher deli
  • But Mr Kafala insists at the BBC: 'We avoid the word terrorists'
  • He added: 'Two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine. That's enough'
Language: Tarik Kafala, who runs BBC Arabic, said the term 'terrorist' was too 'loaded' and 'value-laden' to describe Said and Cherif Kouachi and their accomplice Amedy Coulibaly
Language: Tarik Kafala, who runs BBC Arabic, said the term 'terrorist' was too 'loaded' and 'value-laden' to describe Said and Cherif Kouachi and their accomplice Amedy Coulibaly
The Parisian extremists who murdered 17 people in a series of attacks including the Charlie Hebdo massacre should not be called 'terrorists', a senior BBC executive has said.

Tarik Kafala, who runs BBC Arabic, said the term 'terrorist' was too 'loaded' and 'value-laden' to describe Said and Cherif Kouachi and their accomplice Amedy Coulibaly.

The Kouachi brothers shot dead 12 at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and Coulibaly killed four at a Kosher deli after shooting dead a policewoman. 

All three were eventually shot dead by French special forces after the Islamists all burst out of their hideouts two weeks ago.

Mr Kafalam runs the BBC's largest non-English language TV, radio and online news services, which have a weekly audience of 36million people.

He told The Independent: 'We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist. What we try to do is to say that 'two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine'. That's enough.

'Terrorism is such a loaded word. 

The UN has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can't. It is very difficult to. 

'We know what political violence is, we know what murder, bombings and shootings are and we describe them.

 That's much more revealing, we believe, than using a word like terrorist which people will see as value-laden.'

Talking about the Paris murders he said: 'We avoid the word terrorists'.

The BBC's language guidelines says that the word 'terrorist 'can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding'.

It says: '(The BBC) does not ban the use of the word.

'However, we do ask that careful thought is given to its use by a BBC voice.

 There are ways of conveying the full horror and human consequences of acts of terror without using the word ‘terrorist’ to describe the perpetrators.

'The value judgements frequently implicit in the use of the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorist group’ can create inconsistency in their use or, to audiences, raise doubts about our impartiality.
'It may be better to talk about an apparent act of terror or terrorism than label individuals or a group'.

Instead reporters are encouraged to use the words 'bomber', 'attacker', 'gunman', 'kidnapper', 'insurgent', and 'militant'.

'Our responsibility is to remain objective and report in ways that enable our audiences to make their own assessments about who is doing what to whom,' the guidance says.

bias bbc

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It should NOT be a crime to join ISIS, says Green party leader

  • Natalie Bennett insists it should not be illegal to join any organisation
  • Stresses that inciting violence or supporting violence should be illegal
  • ISIS was banned by the UK last summer after rise in extremists attacks
  • Government warns of 'very significant risk' of an ISIS-inspired attack
  • Greens have seen a surge in membership to overtake Ukip and Lib Dems
  • But few people know what their policies are with 4 months until the election
The Green party does not believe people should be banned from joining ISIS or Al Qaeda, its leader claimed today.

Natalie Bennett said people should not be punished for what they think and stressed it should 'not be a crime simply to belong to an organisation'

More than 600 people from Britain are thought to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join jihadists, with security forces warning returning fighters pose the biggest terror threat to Britain.

Natalie Bennett said people should not be punished for what they think and stressed it should 'not be a crime simply to belong to an organisation'


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NHS worker sacked over ISIS Facebook rants and HIV adultery claim

    Abdurrahman Siddique was dismissed from Hammersmith Hospital on Friday hours after the Sunday Mirror contacted bosses with our findings


An NHS worker has been sacked after the Sunday Mirror discovered he supportedIslamic State and had claimed that HIV is sent to punish those who have sex outside marriage.

Abdurrahman Siddique was dismissed from Hammersmith Hospital on Friday – hours after we contacted bosses with our findings.
Siddique, a conference administrator, had used his open Facebook page to claim IS butchers were doing “a fine job”.
His bosses said he had been axed for comments which brought the trust which runs the hospital into disrepute. He was also caught posting offers to abuse a staff discount scheme.



Siddique, who is in his late 20s and lives in London, made a series of inflammatory comments after starting his job at the hospital in West London last October.
During a Facebook discussion about his beliefs on November 17, he used an Islamic term for adultery, writing: “A man commits zina and Allah punishes him immediately in the form of HIV.”
And on July 31 last year he gave his backing to Islamic State three days after a video was released showing its thugs shooting dead dozens of handcuffed captives.
 He wrote: “I take a neutral stance on ISIS for the time being. I won’t be giving any baiyah (pledge of allegiance) until I know they are definitely upon the truth. However, I must say that they are doing a fine job so far.”
On the execution of British hostage Alan Henning by so-called Jihadi John, he claimed the aid worker deserved to die because of his crime of “kufr” – being a non-believer.
He also sneered at Ahmed Merabet, the Muslim police officer gunned down by terrorist brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi in Paris earlier this month.
 He wrote: “He clearly didn’t know that willfully working for a secular state as a law enforcer is an act of kufr.”
A spokesman for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said of Siddique: “After examining the ­individual’s public Facebook page, which makes a clear link to their role at the trust, we dismissed the individual for gross misconduct.
"This relates to comments which bring the trust into disrepute, and others that show plans to misuse a staff benefit scheme.”

Government has become 'suspicious of Muslims',

  • Former Foreign Office minister criticised policy of non-engagement 
  • Slammed failure to develop friendship with the three-million Muslims in UK
  • Storm of protest over anti-terror letter to mosques was unsurprising
Baroness Warsi said there had been a failure to tackle anti-Muslim sentimentThe Government increasingly views Muslim organisations and individuals with 'suspicion', a former Conservative party chairman has said.

Baroness Warsi, who quit as a Foreign Office minister last August, criticised what she called a policy of non-engagement with the Muslim community.

The first Muslim member of the Cabinet hit out at the failure to develop a friendship with the three-million strong Muslim community in Britain. 

Baroness Warsi said there had been a failure to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment
Writing in The Observer, she said: 'The obsessive checking of the backgrounds of those on guest lists to Eid events, the refusal to attend events where there may 'possibly' or 'potentially' be a speaker whose views we find unsavoury, even when attendance would provide the perfect opportunity to challenge those views, has created a unique approach within government over the last four years. 

'This is to view ever-increasing numbers of Muslim organisations or individual activists with suspicion and dangerously narrow engagement to a dozen people from a community of more than three million.' 

Baroness Warsi warned a letter sent by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles urging Muslim leaders to do more to root out extremism had backfired. 

The letter was condemned as 'patronising and factually incorrect' by some Muslims, with many saying it gave the idea th at Muslims and Islam are inherently apart from British society.

While largely supportive of the intentions behind the letter from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, whom she describes as a friend, Lady Warsi said the storm of criticism it provoked from some sections of the Muslim community was unsurprising.

She said there had been almost six years of non-engagement, both by the previous Labour Government and now the coalition.

'The reaction to the Pickles letter underlines what I consistently argued for in government - that it was important for us to engage with a broad range of groups and individuals who purported to speak for the British Muslim community, while accepting that, inevitably, some didn't do it very well,' said Lady Warsi.

She said there had been a failure to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment, and described the current climate within the Muslim community as one of concern, worry and fear.

'So it's no surprise there is a trust deficit, a questioning of motive to a letter sent with the best of intentions. For too many, the hand of friendship felt like an admonitory finger that was once again pointing at Britain's Muslims,' she said.

Lady Warsi also said it was sad that her calls for a meeting, similar to the annual one the Prime Minister has with the Jewish Leadership Council, with members of other major faith communities had not been answered.

Sadiq Khan, Labour's shadow justice secretary, said: 'When the most senior Tory Muslim is so scathing about her own party, we should all sit up and listen.

 These comments confirm that David Cameron's Conservatives are out-of-touch and have nothing to offer British Muslims. Only Labour truly represents all of Britain's communities.' 

Finally a government waking up