MANCHESTER: The Conservative Party have suspended an activist after she tweeted that Labour MP Naz Shah should “go back to Pakistan”.
The party said Theodora Dickinson was being investigated after targeting the shadow minister.
Ms Dickinson responded to a post showing Ms Shah discussing her experience of poverty and recalling childhood trips to Scarborough, saying if “Naz Shah hates this country so much why doesn’t she go back to Pakistan?!”
The Muslim Council of Britain described the Tweet as “blatant racism”.
Ms Shah responded to the Tweet:
“Over the last few weeks BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities have been coming to terms with the racism they have faced over the years.
“In 2020 to be told to go back to Pakistan, highlights the level of racism that still exists in some quarters of society.”
Ms Dickinson later apologised. She said:
“I fully recognise how offensive it was, which is why I deleted the tweet almost immediately, though of course, this does not excuse posting it in the first place.
“I have written to Ms Shah offering an unreserved apology.”
The Tories said that Ms Dickinson had been suspended. They have launched an independent inquiry into all forms of prejudice within the party.
A spokesperson said: “Theodora Dickinson has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.”
Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Khan said:
“Now Ms Dickinson tells a Muslim MP ‘why doesn’t she go back to Pakistan’. Will this latest blatant racism elicit action?