Malik's Muslim speech

DEWSBURY and Mirfield MP Shahid Malik has predicted that one day Britain's Parliament will be entirely made up of Muslim MPs.

Mr Malik, Britain's first Muslim minister, also told a conference that within 30 years there would be a Muslim Prime Minister.

A video of part of his speech, made at the Global Peace and Unity Conference in London last October, has just been posted on the website YouTube.

In it Mr Malik, a junior minister at the Ministry of Justice, is seen talking passionately about how he wants to see more Muslims in the House of Commons.

He said: "I am proud of the achievements of the Muslims of this country from 1997.

"In 1997 we got our first Muslim MP. In 2001 we had two Muslim MPs. In 2005 we had four Muslim MPs. Inshallah (God willing) in 2009/10 we will have eight Muslim MPs.

"In 2014 we will have 16 Muslim MPs. At this rate the whole Parliament will be Muslim.

"But just to say, in case there are journalists here today, that is not my objective.

"But you know we've got four Muslim MPs. There should be 20 Muslim MPs in Parliament and, inshallah, very shortly we shall see that.

"And I am confident, as Britain's first Muslim minister, that inshallah in the next 30 years or so we will see a Prime Minister in this country who happens to share my faith."

A spokesman for Mr Malik dismissed the 49second video clip of a 20minute speech as "BNP propaganda" and said: "Mr Maliks comments were plainly a joke as he and the audience were laughing.

"Indeed Mr Malik clearly says in his speech that his objective is not to have a Muslim Parliament.

"During his two speeches at the event Mr Malik also raised the issue of an extremely large Muslim prison population and said that Muslims needed to do more to deal with this growing problem.

"He also talked about the profound challenge of poor educational standards among many Muslim children, including English language, and the need to tackle it and raise standards.

"He is probably the most outspoken MP in the country in terms of challenging extremism whether in the name of Islam or white supremacy.

"Mr Malik is consistent and clear that people should be elected on merit alone, irrespective of their colour or creed, and that anybody who is elected should be there to represent everybody."

The video clip emerged in the week MPs' expenses were published.

In 200607 Mr Malik was Britain's most costly MP pocketing £185,000 in expenses.

The latest figures for 200708 showed Mr Malik reduced his expenses by £28,000 to £157,000, still making him the 15th most expensive of Yorkshire's 56 MPs.

Mr Malik claimed the previous year's expenses were due to the "one off" costs of setting up his new office in Daisy Hill, Dewsbury.

However the latest office costs, not including staff salaries, were £28,385 putting him just outside the top 20 most expensive of all MPs.

Mr Malik said he had refused a pay rise for the second successive year and insisted he wasn't in politics for the money.

He added: "The whole expenses system makes no sense whatsoever.

"For example how can my five staff members' salaries, which go straight into their bank accounts from Parliament, be classed as my expenses?

"We need to scrap the mad and outdated current system and introduce a new one which enjoys the confidence of the public."

Mr Malik's expenses include: £78,083 for staff, £28,358 for the office, £10,000 on communicating with constituents, £23,083 second home allowance, £7,258 for stationery, postage and IT and £10,402 for travel.

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