On 25th April 2022, the Conservative party hosted it’s first ever iftar reception at it’s headquarters in London. The iftar reception was organised by the Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum (CMF), Cllr Hashim Bhatti.
Hashim said ‘ this was an historic event and something that was long overdue. The chairman and his team have shown a real willingness to engage and to work together on issues that matter to the Muslim community’.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Conservative party, Oliver Dowden MP, thanked the Muslim community for their contributions especially during Ramadan where Muslims donate over £130m to charities worldwide. He expressed his commitment to working with the CMF and wished the Muslim community a spiritual final days ahead of Eid celebrations.
The Chairman also outlined the Conservative Party’s commitment to stamp out Islamophobia from society, as well as his plans to welcome more Muslims into public life. This follows the opening of the Conservative Party’s new headquarters in Leeds, helping to access reach in the north of the country.
Lord Sheikh also spoke on the evening as the President of CMF and commented that he was proud of Boris Johnson’s leadership in delivering Brexit, the vaccination rollout and standing with Ukraine.
The evening started and closed with Quran recitations from Squadron Leader Imam Ali Omar of the Armed Forces.
In attendance were various MP’s, party activists, friends groups and dignitaries.