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Michael Dugher MP, Vice Chair of the Labour Party, has written to David Cameron following reports of Conservative election campaign adviser Lynton Crosby's alleged rant against Muslims.
The full text of the letter is below:
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
19 November 2012
Over the weekend it has been reported that Lynton Crosby is to work on the Conservative campaign for the next General Election. I understand that you and he go back a long way - at least as far as 2005, when you wrote the Conservative Party manifesto and he devised the "Are you thinking what we're thinking?" campaign to back it up. While I am slightly surprised that you wish to reprise this less than successful partnership, I can understand why you will both want to improve on your previous record of working together.
I am sure, however, that you will have been as shocked as I was to read yesterday an allegation that Mr Crosby argued during this year's London Mayoral election campaign that the Conservatives should avoid focusing on "f****** Muslims". Mr Crosby has been given the opportunity to deny using these words, and has refused to do so.
How you choose to run your own Party, and the attitudes of the people you choose to appoint, is of course a matter for you. However, I hope that you will fully investigate the claims that Mr Crosby used such appalling language against Muslims and that if they are true, or if Mr Crosby continues to be unable to deny them, then you will condemn them and refuse to give someone with such views a role in your Party.
I hope you agree that there can be no place for racist attitudes or language such as this in any modern political party. The best way for you to demonstrate this would be to ensure that your decision to employ Lynton Crosby is conditional upon an absolute assurance from Mr Crosby, in the form of a public statement, that the serious allegations against him are entirely false and that he definitely did not say what has been reported.
In view of the public interest in these matters, I am releasing this letter to the press.
Michael Dugher MP
Member of Parliament for Barnsley East and Vice Chair of the Labour Party