HILLINGDON Labour councillor Jazz Dhillon spoke of his unhappy personal experiences when proposing a motion on Islamophobia at a council meeting last week.

"I know what it is like to be called a 'paki', or a 'wog', to be strung up on my first day of senior school because I was a different colour," he told colleagues and opponents.

The motion called on the council to adopt a definition of Islamophobia put forward by the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims, that “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness”.

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It urged that any person who has expressed Islamophobic views should have no place in public life in Hillingdon. 

The motion was amended by the ruling Conservative Group to say the council would consider the all-party recommendations as part of its regular review of council policy.

Cllr Dhillon said later: “It is still something to recognise that the council has taken action to condemn attacks and regularly review our own policies."