MP Jim Fitzpatrick is under fire by the large Muslim population in East London after he and his wife left a wedding party when they were told that it was segregated by gender due to the Islamic faith of the couple. Tory candidate Tim Archer attacked Fitzpatrick, saying that he “is playing a certain race card to save his skin at the next election.”
Fitzpatrick has said that he did not want to endorse the conservative religious practice. Some groups in both the Jewish and Muslim faiths segregate men and women at weddings and other events.
Fitzpatrick argues that such segregation is a relatively recent tradition by the most conservative elements in the Islamic community.
Fitzpatrick has been denounced as intolerant for his stance.
He is the local representative of the area and a family friend of bride Mahbuba Kamali and groom Bodrul Islam.
Mr. Islam has lashed out and said that he is “upset and embarrassed” by the incident. He added “I don’t think anyone deserves to have their wedding hijacked for political purposes, or any other purposes.”