Police are investigating after Four Labour MPs have received suspect packages or anti-Muslim letters in Parliament within 48 hours.

Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq and Manchester Gorton MP Afzhal Khan were both sent suspicious items earlier this week.

One of Ms Huq’s staff members was sent to hospital after handling an “irritant substance” and was later discharged.

Meanwhile, Mr Khan’s parliamentary office was evacuated due to an unopened suspicious package that was later found to pose no risk.

Both MPs spoke of a “pattern” of Islamophobic behaviour behind the incidents.

This come after two people were sent to hospital as a precaution on Monday as police assessed a package sent to the office of their Labour colleague Mohammad Yasin, MP for Bedford and Kempston.

A fourth Labour politician, Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali, said she had opened a “threatening letter” on Monday calling for attacks on Muslims.

A parliamentary spokesman said: “The police are investigating the content of the letters to identify any potential link.”

Ms Huq posted on Twitter of the letter sent to her, which outlines a points-based rewards system for Islamophobic attacks as part of a “Punish a Muslim Day” on 3 April.

Ms Huq branded it “totally unacceptable” for Muslim MPs to receive such correspondence, while Mr Khan, although stating he had not received one of the racist pamphlets, said: “Clearly this is part of a pattern of Islamophobic behaviour with the ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters being sent to members of the public and to my fellow Muslim MPs”.

Commenting on the reports of hate letters, Theresa May’s spokesman said: “The Prime Minister is clear there is no space for racism, intimidation or extremism in the country or in parliament, so of course the reports are concerning.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn described the “disgusting hate-filled letters” as “utterly contemptible”.

“Labour is committed to tackling Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime, as well as all other forms of bigotry, racism and xenophobia,” he said in a statement.

“Those that seek to divide us will find that our country is united in mutual respect, proud of our diversity and ready to protect our shared future.


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