Sherwood MP Mark Spencer denies Islamaphobia accusations
Sherwood MP Mark Spencer has denied claims of Islamaphobia made against him by a former minister.
In a series of tweets published last night (Saturday), chief whip Mark Spencer said that the accusation's by former transport minster Nusrat Ghani were "completely false" and "defamatory".
In an interview with the Sunday Times, MP Nusrat Ghani claimed that when she lost her ministerial position in 2020, she was told that it was because Downing Street had a problem with her "muslimness".
Speaking about the situation, Mark Spencer said in the Tweet: "To ensure other Whips are not drawn into this matter, I am identifying myself as the person Nusrat Ghani MP has made claims about this evening.
"These accusations are completely false and I consider them to be defamatory. I have never used those words attributed to me
"It is disappointing that when this issue was raised before Ms Ghani declined to refer the matter to the Conservative party for a formal investigation.
"I provided evidence to the Singh Investigation into Islamophobia which concluded that there was no credible basis for the claims
"These claims relate to a meeting in March 2020. When Ms Ghani raised them she was invited to use the formal CCHQ complaints procedure. She declined to do so."