Muslim leaders have accused the Conservative chair Brandon Lewis of ignoring calls to set up an inquiry into Islamophobia in the party.
The Muslim Council of Britain has written its second letter to him, saying it is “deeply disappointed” at not having received a reply or acknowledgement of their demand.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the group, which represents more than 1,000 mosques and Muslim institutions, said some victims of Islamophobia were afraid to raise their concerns, risking “political suicide”.
In the letter, seen by Sky News, Mr Khan said: “This is a sad state of affairs for our democracy and we hope they can be taken up in an independent inquiry.”
The Conservative party has declined to comment.
Mr Khan praised an article that pledged “zero-tolerance” and discrimination training written two weeks ago by Mr Lewis, welcoming his “willingness to talk about Islamophobia rather than resort to shooting the messenger, as was done soon after we raised the matter”.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s Eid message and visit to the Al-Manaar mosque in Kensington, west London, on the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire were also commended.
But Mr Khan warned: “These are positive steps by yourself and the prime minister, which we welcome, but they do not deal with the issue at hand.
“Our concerns require leadership from the Conservative party.”
He listed instances of concern, including Tory vice-chair Ben Bradley attempting to “cover up his dismissal of Islamophobia by a local councillor” and the first Muslim Cabinet minister Baroness Warsi reportedly being branded a “p***” in party meetings.
“It is unclear how these statements and warm words align with the apparent tolerance for Islamophobia detailed here,” Mr Khan concluded.
“A wide-ranging inquiry into Islamophobia within the party is the absolute minimum – nothing less will do.”
Mr Lewis’ deputy, James Cleverly, has previously denied the Conservatives have a problem with Islamophobia.
He told Sky News in April that “all political parties” had individuals that “say and do things that are inappropriate”, adding that the important thing was “how you deal with that”.
Mr Cleverly also challenged Baroness Warsi, who claimed that “within my own party, there are almost now weekly occurrences of Islamophobic incidents and rhetoric”.
Responding, Mr Cleverly said: “No, I don’t believe, I don’t agree with that as an assessment.”
He pointed to the party’s “respect pledge” and claimed that “we suspend people who have done something believed to be inappropriate”.