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Chris Allen’s research into Islamophobia has been publicly praised by two high profile politicians.
At an event in London on the evening of 24th January 2013, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi – Minister for Faith and Communities and former Chair of the Conservative Party – and Simon Hughes – Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark – not only drew on findings from his research into Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred but also praised him for its timeliness and impact.
Speaking two years after her now famous ‘dinner table test’ speech – where she highlighted how anti-Muslim expression had acquired a level of social acceptability that meant that it could be found in even the most civilised of settings – Baroness Warsi spoke about how anti-Muslim hatred should have no place in Britain. In fact she stated that holding such views were “un-British”.
Highlighting the positive impact of Chris’s research over the past decade, Baroness Warsi also mentioned his role as independent adviser to the Cross Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred. As she put it, this was “excellent research”.
Simon Hughes MP focused on the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Islamophobia. Noting the impact that Chris had on the thinking and work programme of the APPG, Hughes was extremely complimentary noting how “a year ago Chris Allen came along [to the launch of the APPG] and gave us an agenda that we have since worked to”.
Having been invited to attend the event – an event run by Faith Matters in support of the Tell MAMA (measuring anti-Muslim attacks) third party monitoring service. Chris was overwhelmed by the praise.
“It was a great honour to think that my research has not only been noticed, but so too seemingly making a real impact in tackling an unwanted and unfounded discriminatory phenomenon in today’s society”.
Chris currently sits as an independent adviser on the Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred and has submitted both oral and written evidence to the APPG on Islamophobia.