Twenty five Conservative members have allegedly been suspended over allegations of Islamophobia, as the party fights off claims it faces a serious issue with anti-Muslim discrimination.
Among the people reportedly being investigated are a woman who said “no Muslim will get my vote” and another who vowed to “stand against the Islamification of our country”.
They were reported by a Twitter account dedicated to “investigating institutional racism, Islamophobia and cover-ups in the Conservative Party”.
Another said to be among those suspended was a man who wrote in a Facebook post: “I was going through a few magazines the other day down the local mosque. I was really enjoying myself. Then the rifle jammed.”
A Conservative Party spokesperson said they were aware of the allegations and “action has been taken”.
The complaints were registered by “Racists4ReesMogg” – a Twitter account not associated with Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg nor the party itself.
Some 25 “self-identifying” members picked up by the group were suspended pending investigation on Monday, BuzzFeed News reported.
A Conservative spokesperson said: “We were aware of this matter, and action has been taken.
“Party members who have been found to have made inappropriate comments have been suspended pending further investigation.”
The Twitter account that documented the complaints welcomed the news, saying making noise about the issue was “the only way to force them into action”.
But it claimed the party was “getting even more opaque”, noting it refused to confirm how many members had been suspended.
It has previously pointed out that Tory chair Brandon Lewis commented on allegations against specific members and confirmed they had been suspended.
Baroness Warsi, a former Conservative chair and the UK’s first Muslim cabinet minister, has been leading calls for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the party.
“Years of raising Islamaphobia within my party had left me weary but the New Zealand mosque shooting tragically reminded me that this fight is essential and must go on,” she said on Monday.
“So Conservatives you can duck and dive but I will keep bringing this fight to you – the longer we deny it the more we confirm we have a problem.”
50 people were killed in the New Zealand city of Christchuch on Friday, when a gunman carried out attacks on two mosques while Muslims were gathering to pray.