Tory ministers back candidates accused of Islamophobia

Exclusive: campaign trips seem to contradict PM’s claim Tories have ‘zero tolerance’ on issueAt least four ministers have gone on election campaigning trips to endorse Tory candidates facing allegations of Islamophobia since the claims against...

Tory ministers back candidates accused of Islamophobia

Exclusive: campaign trips seem to contradict PM’s claim Tories have ‘zero tolerance’ on issue

At least four ministers have gone on election campaigning trips to endorse Tory candidates facing allegations of Islamophobia since the claims against them came to light, the Guardian has learned.

In constituency visits that appear to contradict Boris Johnson’s repeated claim that the party has a “zero tolerance” stance on the issue, Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock, Andrea Leadsom and Thérèse Coffey have thrown their weight behind the accused candidates – all of whom are fighting in key marginal battlegrounds.

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