Labour MP criticised for funeral gathering despite coronavirus
Tahir Ali, a Labour MP for Birmingham Wood Green, has been criticised by West Midlands Police commissioner David Jamieson for defying the coronavirus lockdown and attending a funeral with over 100 mourners, Birmingham Live reports.
Jamieson said the MP’s “totally irresponsible” actions were “letting his constituents down.” Tahir Ali confirmed he was present for the funeral prayers which led to cemetery staff worried about the size of the gathering and possibly a lack of social distancing to call the police. However, officers said the mourners were in family groups and observing social distancing measures to reduce the risk of infection.
Nevertheless, the police commissioner argued “Mr Ali should be setting an example, he clearly isn’t. He is not serving his constituents by endangering their lives. He is undermining the work of the police.” Mr Jamieson’s anger follows tragic news that Armeena Nasreen, a nurse from the nearby West Midlands town of Walsall, has sadly died after contracting the coronavirus.
Tahir Ali was elected in to a Labour safe seat. He replaced former Labour MP Roger Godsiff who was deselected by the leftist opposition party for supporting Brexit and siding with homophobic Muslim protesters who opposed LGBT inclusive lessons being taught in Birmingham schools with Muslim children. The controversy involving Mr Ali comes after another controversial Muslim MP, Naz Shah – who represents Yorkshire constituency Bradford West – successfully changed the coronavirus emergency powers so that Jewish and Muslim burials could go ahead as their religions forbid cremation.