Following hot on the heels of news that the UK government is to welcome the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) back to its bosom, according to the MCB website, Jack Straw MP, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Nick Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Chris Grayling MP, the Shadow Home Secretary, are all to attend a dinner hosted by the MCB at the London Marriot in Grosvenor Square.
The Muslim Leadership Dinner, where Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Tariq Ramadan will also be in attendance, gives attendees the opportunity to “network with leaders, opinion formers and people of excellence from all walks of life”.
Also present will be “Government and Shadow Cabinet Ministers, Faith leaders, Trade Union leaders, prominent MPs and Peers, Media Personalities, [and] Muslim civil society leaders from Britain and the Continent.” It’s not clear whether ‘Government and Shadow Cabinet Ministers’ is referring to those already mentioned, or whether more high profile politicians are to attend.
According to the event’s flyer:
This dinner will also raise funds for the work of the Muslim Council of Britain. At the Muslim Leadership Dinner, the Muslim Council of Britain will launch its new, grassroots-led strategy that will set in motion a new effort to work for the common good of the community and British society.
Critics would argue that, as a charity, the MCB should be working ‘for the common good of the community and British society’ as a matter of procedure anyway; it should not be necessary to have to restate these aims over a decade after its foundation.
A seat at the table does not come cheap:
A seat at the dinner: £250 per person
A table of ten: £2500
Exclusive sponsorship opportunities also available
News that prominent figures from the government and both main opposition parties are to sit down to dinner with such a controversial figure as Tariq Ramadan, as well as helping to raise funds for the MCB, is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows; particularly given that Daud Abdallah’s position appears secure and his signature remains on the Istanbul Declaration, which glorifies jihad against British forces.
Chris Grayling has confirmed that he will not be attanding the Muslim Leadeship Dinner hosted by the MCB. Initially, I sent him this mail:
Then, today, I received the welcome confirmation:
This is good news, though quite why Mr Grayling’s name was included on the flyer (albeit with the abbreviation TBC) in the first place is anybody’s guess.