School of Politics and International Relations

Is the Conservative Party full of Islamophobes? Consider the evidence we found in our research

12 April 2019

Professor Tim Bale published an opinion piece for The Independent, based on his research which found that ‘more than a quarter of grassroots Tories would prefer to see fewer Muslim MPs’. He writes: “CCHQ [Conservative Campaign Headquarters] should be careful not to overreact – after all, the party’s rank and file is already up in arms over Brexit; the last thing it needs is to feel that it’s being accused of religious and racial prejudice. But the party’s leadership – and, very importantly, its potential leadership contenders (not just Sajid Javid) – do need to take the issue seriously. As Labour has vividly shown, denying there’s a problem, and so leaving it to fester, is neither a good look nor a good idea.”