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October 18, 2007

The Muslim News launches dialogue between Muslims and political leaders

This month, The Muslim News successfully launched the first ever series of dialogues between British political leaders and the Muslims.

The first meeting, organised jointly with Sadiq Khan, MP, Minister in HM Government Whips Department, was held in the House of Commons on October 18.

An audience of more than 120 people from diverse Muslim backgrounds from around the UK, who were mostly young, attended the dialogue with an all-party panel, chaired by Fatim Kurji Jumabhoy, a Barrister at No 5 Chambers (London).

The panel included Tony McNulty, Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office, Dominic Grieve, the Conservative Shadow Attorney General, who also has a frontbench role in criminal justice matters, constitutional affairs and ethnic diversity and Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat’s Shadow Home Secretary, who is tipped to be a leading contender to replace Sir Menzies Campbell as the Party’s Leader.

“The purpose of the discussions is to encourage the young Muslims to engage in dialogue with the politicians,” said Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi.

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said, “This is the beginning of a mature dialogue between the British Muslims and the country’s leading politicians and policy makers”

The theme of first of the monthly discussions was terrorism, focusing on various areas including anti-terrorism legislations, its impact on the Muslim communities, stop and search, radicalization, increase in number of days of detention without charge, prevention of terrorism, extremism, etc.

A full report of the gathering will be published in the next edition of The Muslim News.

For further information contact us on 020 7608 2822 or 077 68 241 325. Please acknowledge The Muslim News when using the press release

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