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Conservative party investigate after Hope Not Hate makes allegations of Islamophobia against vice-chairman of Newark Conservatives

HOPE Not Hate, the anti-fascist forum that claims to provide a positive antidote to the politics of hate, has challenged the Conservatives to suspend a number of serving councillors, including the vice-chairman of the Newark Conservative Association over social media comments alleged to be Islamophobic.

It wrote online: “We are calling on CCHQ to take immediate action against these individuals, and will continue to demand they take proper steps to tackle the Islamophobia crisis that has gripped the party at every level.”

One of those named is the vice-chairman of the Newark Conservative Association, and Nottinghamshire county councillor for Retford East, Steve Vickers.

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