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Four Labour MPs sent suspicious packages with 'Punish A Muslim' letter

13 March 2018, 09:29 | Erica Roy

Police investigate new suspicious package sent to MP at Westminster

The Houses of Parliament

Yasin won his Bedford seat from the Conservatives by 789 votes at the last general election.

"The letter calling for attacks on Muslim is just the latest example of rising Islamaphobia and deplorable hate crimes in this country", said Pakistani-origin Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi, who raised an urgent question in the House of Commons yesterday calling on the United Kingdom government to do more to tackle such "incitement to violence and help prevent the growth of such extreme views".

Police are investigating after suspect packages containing anti-Muslim letters and a sticky liquid were sent to party colleagues this week.

Huq told the Guardian that she had been assured that the substance was not harmful.

"People should then get in touch with us at Tell MAMA or call 101 to be put through to the local police force".

The people behind this initiative have not been identified yet, but their letters are distinguished by a hateful speech: "They have hurt you".

All four packages have been found in the Norman Shaw north building in Westminster, which houses MPs' offices and is linked by a walkway to Portcullis House.

A parliamentary spokesman confirmed that four packages had been sent to the building in recent days and that police were investigating the latest package.

"The issue of anti Muslim and far-right extremism is a focus for the government", she said, pointing to the government's anti-radicalisation programme, Prevent, which she said did not focus just on Islamic radicalisation but other forms of extremism, including of the far right.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: 'Police were called at 09:49 hours on Tuesday, 13 March to reports of a suspicious package at Norman Shaw Buildings, Victoria Embankment, Westminster.

"Specialist officers are on scene and the package is being assessed. A man and a woman have been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution", a statement said.

The spokesman said there were no reported injuries and inquiries were continuing.

A Parliamentary spokesperson added: "Today a suspicious substance was investigated by the Met Police and was found not to be hazardous".

'The incident, which was contained to one room, is in the process of being stood down'.

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