19.6 C
New York
Sunday, June 16, 2024
HomeUK NewsTower Hamlets residents reject Scully’s ‘no-go’ area comment

Tower Hamlets residents reject Scully’s ‘no-go’ area comment

Date:

Related stories

Rishi Sunak reflects on choosing education over luxuries in his youth

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently opened up about his...

More ethnic minority MPs anticipated in upcoming UK Parliament: Study

A significant rise in the number of ethnic minority...

British TV presenter Michael Mosley found dead on Greek island

British television presenter and health expert Michael Mosley was...

Legal challenge launched against new family visa income threshold

Reunite Families UK (RFUK) has commenced a judicial review...

Labour vows to deliver on commitments, accuses Tories of distraction tactics

Jonathan Reynolds, Labour's shadow secretary of state for business...

Conservative party MP Paul Scully’s remark that parts of the London borough have become a “no-go” zone has upset the residents and businesses in Tower Hamlets.

The former London minister, who represents Sutton and Cheam, on Tuesday said he regrets sparking a controversy by claiming that parts of Tower Hamlets and Birmingham have become “no-go areas”.

He made these remarks during an interview with BBC London radio on Monday while condemning MP Lee Anderson for claiming that London Mayor Sadiq Khan was under the control of Islamist extremists.

During the interview he had said, “Parts of Birmingham, Sparkhill, where there are no-go areas, mainly because of doctrine, mainly because of people using, abusing in many ways, their religion because it is not the doctrine of Islam, to espouse what some of these people are saying.

“That, I think, is the concern that needs to be addressed.”

- Advertisement -

Both Tower Hamlets and Sparkhill have large Muslim populations.

His remarks were condemned by Labour MPs Apsana Begum and Rushanara Ali, whose constituencies cover Tower Hamlets.

A source close to London mayor told BBC that Scully was resorting to a ‘notorious Islamophobic trope’ with highly offensive and untrue claims.

Tower Hamlets residents who spoke to the Standard have refuted Scully’s claims.

Trish Donnelly, a retail worker who had lived in the area for over 35 years, told the Standard that she hasn’t come across any ‘no go areas’. In fact the area is very multicultural, welcoming, and has an old London charm.

Another resident Ali Sarwar, a restaurant worker, said MP’s comments were hurtful and incorrect.

He conceded that there was crime in the area, “but that is the same for every big city”.

Last year Scully ran to be the capital’s next Conservative mayoral candidate, but failed to make it to the shortlist.

Subscribe

- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories