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David Cameron should have spoken out on mosque attacks, says Labour MP

Wolverhampton | News | Published:

All terror attacks must be treated equally regardless of who they target, the shadow minister for immigration has said on a visit to the Black Country.

Chris Bryant MP also said it was a 'shame' Mr Cameron had not issued a statement about the attacks in Tipton and Walsall. He was speaking on a visit to the Kanz-ul-Iman Central Jamia Mosque in Tipton which was targeted.

Mr Bryant yesterday met members of the Muslim community at the mosque on Binfield Street to hear their concerns.

And he took the opportunity to criticise the government and the Prime Minister for their response to the suspected terror attack, as well as explosions at mosques in Walsall and Wolverhampton and the killing of Birmingham pensioner Mohammed Saleem in April.

Mr Bryant said: "Britain quite rightly was very angry about the killing of Lee Rigby. But I think some people feel a bit as if we haven't been quite so exercised about this incident, and that is certainly the feeling of some people in this community. It's a shame we have not seen the Prime Minister say anything about it (this incident).

"He could have been more forceful about attacks on the Muslim community."

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Copper has now written to Home Secretary Theresa May to try to ensure more urgency towards anti-Muslim extremist activity, including hate preachers, in the future.

Mr Bryant's visit comes just days after Conservative security minister James Brokenshire came to Tipton to meet the community.

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