Warsi ‘barred from Islamic conference’

By politics.co.uk staff

Baroness Warsi has been prevented from attending an Islamic conference under the orders of the prime minister, according to media reports.

The Observer reported this morning that the Conservative chairman was barred from attending the Global Peace and Unity Event in London following a fundamental split in the government’s counter-extremism strategy.

Baroness Warsi, who was chosen to take on Nick Griffin for the Conservatives during the now-famous Question Time edition, is an advocate of taking on extremists on public platforms.

The newspaper reported that David Cameron did not want a Conservative minister attending the event in Docklands because of the presence of extremist speakers on the platform.

Those more extreme speakers, such as former Pakistani government minister, Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq will be tackled head-on by moderate Muslim figures.

The Liberal Democrats are sending Andrew Stunell, communities minister, who is intending on delivering an “aggressive speech” attacking fundamentalism.

Labour is sending Sadiq Khan, a key player in Ed Miliband’s victories leadership campaign and current shadow justice secretary.