• Petitioning Nick Clegg MP

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Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Nick Clegg MP
Complaints Coordinator, Liberal Democrats Headquarters
Jeanne Tarrant

Remove Maajid Nawaz as PPC for Hampstead & Kilburn

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      London, United Kingdom

The Petition:  

 

Please sign this petition to have Maajid Nawaz removed from his post as the Liberal Democrats' Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn. We have raised this petition because of the offensive and disrespectful images Maajid Nawaz has posted on facebook and twitter of the Prophet's Muhammad and Jesus (peace be upon them). 

 

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For every individual that signs this petition a copy of the letter at the bottom of this page will be emailed directly to Jeanne Tarrant, complaints co-ordinator at Liberal Democrat headquarters J.Tarrant@libdems.org.uk and Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at nick.clegg.mp@parliament.uk.  

 

Background 

 

Contrary to reports in various online/offline media outlets and blog posts, this petition is in no manner connected, instigated or backed by any political figure or campaign. For the avoidance of doubt, this is entirely a non partisan, independent effort initiated by the balanced, middle ground Muslims of the UK.  We agree with the principles of respect and tolerance.  Maajid Nawaz is free to express himself however he wishes.  The point of contention is not his right to express himself nor is it the purpose of this petition to restrict anybody's right to do so.  

 

Rather, the purpose is to highlight to the Liberal Democrats that by choosing to exercise that right in an irresponsible, inconsiderate and flagrant manner, Maajid Nawaz, as a representative of the Liberal Democrats, has caused immense offence and disrespect to the religious beliefs and sentiments of all those signing this petition. 

 

Prior to the initiation of this petition members of the public contacted Maajid Nawaz expressing how insulted they were by his actions.  The reasonable expectation being that Nawaz, as a mature and responsible would-be parliamentarian, would be empathetic to the feelings of those he claims to speak on behalf of and would either apologise for any offence caused and/or retract his comments and posts.  Instead the Liberal Democrats PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn chose to react in a disgraceful manner by responding to the valid concerns of members of the public by telling them to “p*** off”, “f*** off”, brazenly goading them and declaring “I don't give a ****” and “f*** all y’all”.  Maajid Nawaz, through these actions, clearly exhibited that he completely and utterly disregards the sentiments, sensitivities and beliefs of others and thereby disqualified himself from holding a position of representation or authority. 

 

The opportunity for expression of regret  was afforded to Maajid Nawaz with a gesture founded in a sincere and genuine desire by the public to reconcile.  However, given the obscene reaction by Nawaz that time and opportunity has now passed.  The undersigned now call for nothing short of a complete removal of Maajid Nawaz from his post and expulsion from the party for breaching its code of conduct and bringing it into disrepute.  If Maajid Nawaz is not removed the only inference to be made will be that the Liberal Democrats condone, support and tacitly approve of his actions and are apathetic to the disrespect and offence he has caused to the religious sentiments of all those signing this petition. 

 

In addition to the above, it is worth noting that this issue is not an isolated matter.  Nawaz and the organisation which he co-founded and remains a part of, the Quilliam Foundation (“QF”), have engaged in McCarthyite smear tactics by misaligning peaceful Muslim groups with terrorist groups without credible evidence.  The QF has made a lucrative living from their toxic briefings to the UK Government, benefiting from what has become known as the ‘Islamophobia Industry’ whilst driving a wedge between communities. Moreover, the QF works collaboratively with many neo-con right-wing groups and has been parroting right-wing narratives against Muslims over the years. It is a complete paradox and absurdity that the Director and co-founder of an organisation that has worked closely with and that has extensive links to right wing think tanks such as the Henry Jackson Society can also be a parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats. 

 

Outcome Sought:

We the undersigned seek a declaration that our complaint is well founded and call for the removal of Maajid Nawaz as PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn and expulsion from the Liberal Democrats for disrespecting the religious beliefs and sentiments of the undersigned  aswell as countless more Muslims and Christians in the UK and abroad.  In doing so he has brought the party into disrepute and is in breach of article 3.7b of the Federal Constitution of the Liberal Democrats.    

  

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. Economist removes ‘anti-Semitic cartoon’ after criticism

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      Petition Organizer

      Readers take editors to task for publishing an image depicting Barack Obama shackled by a Jewish- or Israeli-controlled Congress.

      Precedent?

      Economist removes 'anti-Semitic cartoon' after criticism

      The Economist removed a controversial cartoon which observers blasted as anti-Semitic. The cartoon depicts US President Barack Obama, shackled by a seal of Congress overlaid with Stars of David, trying to shake the hand of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is being held back by American flag-burning extremists.

    3. Tommy Robinson ex-EDL and associate of Maajid Nawaz jailed

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      by S A
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, the far right racist and ex-English Defence League leader, Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed for 18 months for mortgage fraud.

      Tommy Robinson, in late 2013, joined forces with Maajid Nawaz's Quilliam Foundation so that they could together 'tackle' extremism.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25862838

      Ex-EDL leader jailed for £160k fraud

      Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has been jailed for 18 months for mortgage fraud. Robinson, 31, from Bedfordshire, who stood down from the EDL last year, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court after pleading guilty last November.

    4. British Muslim Awards removes Quilliam Foundation

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      Petition Organizer

      "In light of recent activity, The British Muslim Awards, after careful consideration, have come to the decision that it can no longer promote the
      Quilliam Foundation as a finalist, and thus it's nomination has been removed with immediate effect. "

    5. Reached 17,500 signatures
    6. Counter Petition Launched by Maajid Nawaz Supporters

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      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your time and efforts in signing the petition and spreading the message.

      Although we have done well to get 4,000 signatures in just over 24 hours unfortunately its not enough. Supporters of Maajid Nawaaz have launched a counter petition lobbying Nick Clegg to back Nawaz and claiming that the cartoons posted by Maajid Nawaaz are perfectly acceptable and inoffensive. It has gained close to 1,000 signatures in the space of a few hours.

      We need more signatures to have a strong case for removing Mr Nawaz from his post and the best way to do this is to share this petition with as many of your contacts as possible.

      Remember to:

      1. SIGN the petition: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/nick-clegg-remove-maajid-nawaz-as-ppc-for-hampstead-kilburn

      2. SHARE the petition on your Facebook, Twitter and with your Email contacts

      3. INVITE ALL your friends to this event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1385667435026927/?source=1

      Thank you

      Nick Clegg: Remove Maajid Nawaz as PPC for Hampstead & Kilburn

      Please sign this petition to have Maajid Nawaz removed from the post of the Liberal Democrats' Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hamstead and...

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • tyler miller ALBERTVILLE, AL
      • about 1 month ago

      Insulting people's religion

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    • salman selborshi LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      Maajid Nawaz has shown no concern for the muslim community at large and has been very insensitive to muslim values by displaying an act of deliberate negligence through this cartoon image. He was fully aware of what the reaction at large would be, yet he was more concerened about his controbersial public image serving his needs in popularity.

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    • makhdoo abdul aleem HYDERABAD, PAKISTAN
      • 2 months ago

      its prohibited according to hadith

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    • irfan samo HYDERABAD, PAKISTAN
      • 2 months ago

      our prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

      said depicting him is prohibited....

      Majid Nawaz is actually a british political agent,trying to brainwash all the muslims,he was put out of a prison through contract with a british.

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    • Tasleem Akhtar CHESHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      As a socity of human being we need to move forward and bullying is not the way to comprehended this

      Unity comes with respect not fear

      It comes with empathy and integration

      As you are a part if the parliament

      You are the unity which combines us tog other if you don't support us -The People - than how can we do it - setting a good example is the stepping stone forward or a trail of negativity-

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