Labour By-Election Hopeful Gave £1,000 to Charity that Named Teacher in Muhammad Cartoon Row

UK

Labour hopeful Kim Leadbeater served as an ‘ambassador’ for the Jo Cox Foundation honouring her murdered sister — when it made a large donation to a food bank whose chief executive called a local teacher a “terrorist” for using images of the Muslim prophet in a class on free speech.

Labour’s Batley and Spen by-election candidate oversaw a £1,000 donation to a Muslim charity that named the teacher at the centre of a row over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

With less than 48 hours before polling stations open in the West Yorkshire constituency, a tweet has surfaced from April 22 this year showing the Jo Cox Foundation — founded in memory of candidate Kim Leadbeater’s murdered sister — made the donation to the Purpose of Life food bank.

Crucially, the donation was announced almost a month after the Free Speech Union reported Purpose of Life to the Charity Commission for its “reckless” publication of the Batley Grammar School teacher’s name on its website.

The food bank’s chief executive Mohammad Sajad Hussain accused the teacher of “terrorism” and “insulting Islam” and demanding his sacking. 

Despite the claiming to operate under a “100 per cent donation policy”, the charity spent the donation on a laptop computer and a printer.

​The teacher has been forced into hiding with his partner and four children after receiving death threats for using a cartoon of the Islamic prophet in a class on freedom of expression. His actions sparked angry…

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