Labour and Conservatives join forces to condemn BNP's campaign against mosque in New Addington

Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell joined Ahmadiyya Muslim volunteers on a litter-pick

Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell joined Ahmadiyya Muslim volunteers on a litter-pick

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Political rivals have joined forces to condemn a British National Party-led campaign opposing a mosque in New Addington

Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, New Addington and Fieldway councillors and Greater London Authority member Steve O'Connell issued a joint statement ahead of a meeting, hosted by the far right party, which it said "sought to whip up fear and Islamophobia". 

The BNP launched a campaign, including a petition and street stalls, after learning the Shirley branch of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community sect was considering New Addington, along with several other areas of Croydon, as a potential location for its new base. 

The party claimed it had been "approached by concerned residents to organise a meeting" - scheduled to for 4pm Sunday at the Addington Community Association - in opposition to the mosque plans. 

It added: "We would like to stress this will not be a British National Party meeting.

"We have only taken charge of the anti-Mosque campaign because of our experience in this area."

But the statement in response, signed by Labour councillors Simon Hall, Carole Bonner, Oliver Lewis and Louisa Woodley, as well as Conservatives Mr Barwell and Mr O'Connell, accused the party of "an opportunistic hate-driven campaign".

They said: "There is a very strong community in New Addington. The BNP is seeking to divide this strong community and create tensions in a community where people from many different races and religions happily live together and support each other. 

"Sadly, this is not the first time they have tried to do this in New Addington. 

"The BNP has, throughout this campaign, sought to whip up fear and incite Islamophobia.  Apart from anything else, this is so wrong for the approximately one in twenty of residents of New Addington who are Muslim.  

"We believe that, as before, the people of New Addington will unite to oppose this."

In the response to the statement, the BNP accused the politicians of "conspiring against Croydoners". 

John Clarke, Croydon and Sutton branch organiser, said: "The people of Croydon are sick and tired of being bullied by the very politicians who have turned their backs on our British communities.

"The Muslim community already has a mosque and Islamic Centre in Croydon, yet Labour and Conservative politicians are bending over backwards to give them with another."

The Ahmadiyya movement subscribe largely to the same beliefs as most Muslims, but differ over the role of prophets.

Its members regularly organise voluntary work, including an annual New Year's Day clean-up, and charity fundraising.

Would you support a mosque in New Addington? Post a comment below or email chris.baynes@london.newsquest.co.uk

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11:43am Fri 15 Aug 14

tjames says...

mosques should not be allowed at all--this is a christian country. if the newcomers refuse to assimilate then return to country of origin--no christian churches in saudi--and look at iraq egypt etc to see what is happening to christians.
mosques should not be allowed at all--this is a christian country. if the newcomers refuse to assimilate then return to country of origin--no christian churches in saudi--and look at iraq egypt etc to see what is happening to christians. tjames
  • Score: 35

1:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

edstar says...

tjames wrote:
mosques should not be allowed at all--this is a christian country. if the newcomers refuse to assimilate then return to country of origin--no christian churches in saudi--and look at iraq egypt etc to see what is happening to christians.
So what you're saying is that Muslims should convert to Christianity or they will be forcibly removed. You sound like a christian ISIS
[quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: mosques should not be allowed at all--this is a christian country. if the newcomers refuse to assimilate then return to country of origin--no christian churches in saudi--and look at iraq egypt etc to see what is happening to christians.[/p][/quote]So what you're saying is that Muslims should convert to Christianity or they will be forcibly removed. You sound like a christian ISIS edstar
  • Score: -25

2:19pm Fri 15 Aug 14

marmight says...

New addington locals don't want a mosque.that doesn't make them BNP supporters, or islamophobes like the fascist labour party & fascist tories are attempting to suggest though the current news headline.When was the last time you heard muslims plan on having a gay and lesbian rights centre built next door to their mosque to unite against bigotry? Can't accuse one and leave out the other due to favouritism.
New addington locals don't want a mosque.that doesn't make them BNP supporters, or islamophobes like the fascist labour party & fascist tories are attempting to suggest though the current news headline.When was the last time you heard muslims plan on having a gay and lesbian rights centre built next door to their mosque to unite against bigotry? Can't accuse one and leave out the other due to favouritism. marmight
  • Score: 46

2:38pm Fri 15 Aug 14

edstar says...

marmight wrote:
New addington locals don't want a mosque.that doesn't make them BNP supporters, or islamophobes like the fascist labour party & fascist tories are attempting to suggest though the current news headline.When was the last time you heard muslims plan on having a gay and lesbian rights centre built next door to their mosque to unite against bigotry? Can't accuse one and leave out the other due to favouritism.
what are you talking about? when have you heard of a LGBT center letting a mosque use their site?

Cant have it both ways?
[quote][p][bold]marmight[/bold] wrote: New addington locals don't want a mosque.that doesn't make them BNP supporters, or islamophobes like the fascist labour party & fascist tories are attempting to suggest though the current news headline.When was the last time you heard muslims plan on having a gay and lesbian rights centre built next door to their mosque to unite against bigotry? Can't accuse one and leave out the other due to favouritism.[/p][/quote]what are you talking about? when have you heard of a LGBT center letting a mosque use their site? Cant have it both ways? edstar
  • Score: -14

4:48pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Tony L Martin says...

When Croydon Mosque was set up over 40 years ago the good people of West Croydon and Thornton Heath were tolerant and the Muslims were allowed to use church halls to meet for prayer.
Now days Croydon Mosque is by far the biggest religious building in Croydon by capacity, their hall is available for hire for Muslim function only and many of the people who originally tolerated them have been pushed out of the area.
When a large mosque is built, Muslims flock to the area on mass due to the amount of times they are expected to pray each day and the times of day that this can be. If a large mosque is built in New Addington or Fieldway virtually all houses sold in the immediate locality will be sold to Muslims, non-Muslims will be made to feel like outsiders and in many cases won’t be able to speak the same language as their neighbours.
When Croydon Mosque was set up over 40 years ago the good people of West Croydon and Thornton Heath were tolerant and the Muslims were allowed to use church halls to meet for prayer. Now days Croydon Mosque is by far the biggest religious building in Croydon by capacity, their hall is available for hire for Muslim function only and many of the people who originally tolerated them have been pushed out of the area. When a large mosque is built, Muslims flock to the area on mass due to the amount of times they are expected to pray each day and the times of day that this can be. If a large mosque is built in New Addington or Fieldway virtually all houses sold in the immediate locality will be sold to Muslims, non-Muslims will be made to feel like outsiders and in many cases won’t be able to speak the same language as their neighbours. Tony L Martin
  • Score: 46

10:14am Sat 16 Aug 14

nasus1 says...

as a person from the middle east I came here becouse I beleive in christian values and brought my family to believe the same - I do not want to go back to the beliefs of a middle age system of control - which is really what it is - I understand that members of parliament - are not in goverment to run business but to control and I understand gavin barwell is not very ppopular anyway
as a person from the middle east I came here becouse I beleive in christian values and brought my family to believe the same - I do not want to go back to the beliefs of a middle age system of control - which is really what it is - I understand that members of parliament - are not in goverment to run business but to control and I understand gavin barwell is not very ppopular anyway nasus1
  • Score: 26

1:13pm Sat 16 Aug 14

murfyboy says...

Being intolerant of the most intolerant religion in the world doesn't make you racist! Muslims don't want to integrate ! Look at sharia patrolled zones in Britain , halal food being secretly fed to the non Muslims , building a massive mosque is just going increase the Muslim population creating another " no go area for non Muslims ". Blame these corrupt traitorous politicians , they live a fairytale lifestyle and font see the real world by the consequences of their actions. The common people had spoken by jumping on the Ukip bandwagon by becoming tired of politicians lies and deception , so now labour , conservative and lib dems are going after ethnic minority votes. I can't wait till all the Muslim voters for labour find out Milliband is a Jew , his career will be finished haha
Being intolerant of the most intolerant religion in the world doesn't make you racist! Muslims don't want to integrate ! Look at sharia patrolled zones in Britain , halal food being secretly fed to the non Muslims , building a massive mosque is just going increase the Muslim population creating another " no go area for non Muslims ". Blame these corrupt traitorous politicians , they live a fairytale lifestyle and font see the real world by the consequences of their actions. The common people had spoken by jumping on the Ukip bandwagon by becoming tired of politicians lies and deception , so now labour , conservative and lib dems are going after ethnic minority votes. I can't wait till all the Muslim voters for labour find out Milliband is a Jew , his career will be finished haha murfyboy
  • Score: 30

8:36am Sun 17 Aug 14

Zara007 says...

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believe in ' Love for all, hatred for none' and being faithful to the country you live in which is, no doubt, being shown. They are practising peaceful, tolerant true Islam as the believe in that the Promised Messiah has come ( verified by heavenly - and scientific- signs as professied. Their focus is on the betterment of society and tolerance.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believe in ' Love for all, hatred for none' and being faithful to the country you live in which is, no doubt, being shown. They are practising peaceful, tolerant true Islam as the believe in that the Promised Messiah has come ( verified by heavenly - and scientific- signs as professied. Their focus is on the betterment of society and tolerance. Zara007
  • Score: -18

2:17pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Mr Strings says...

edstar wrote:
marmight wrote:
New addington locals don't want a mosque.that doesn't make them BNP supporters, or islamophobes like the fascist labour party & fascist tories are attempting to suggest though the current news headline.When was the last time you heard muslims plan on having a gay and lesbian rights centre built next door to their mosque to unite against bigotry? Can't accuse one and leave out the other due to favouritism.
what are you talking about? when have you heard of a LGBT center letting a mosque use their site?

Cant have it both ways?
The difference is a LGBT centre would openly welcome gay muslims or muslim friends of gay people (anyone really). The same can't be said the other way around.
[quote][p][bold]edstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marmight[/bold] wrote: New addington locals don't want a mosque.that doesn't make them BNP supporters, or islamophobes like the fascist labour party & fascist tories are attempting to suggest though the current news headline.When was the last time you heard muslims plan on having a gay and lesbian rights centre built next door to their mosque to unite against bigotry? Can't accuse one and leave out the other due to favouritism.[/p][/quote]what are you talking about? when have you heard of a LGBT center letting a mosque use their site? Cant have it both ways?[/p][/quote]The difference is a LGBT centre would openly welcome gay muslims or muslim friends of gay people (anyone really). The same can't be said the other way around. Mr Strings
  • Score: 6

9:51pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Hugothe1st says...

When will people realise that muslims and all their vile paraphernalia are a serious threat to the peace and stability of this country, one does not need to be a member the BNP to see it!
When will people realise that muslims and all their vile paraphernalia are a serious threat to the peace and stability of this country, one does not need to be a member the BNP to see it! Hugothe1st
  • Score: 15

12:54pm Tue 19 Aug 14

univeraltruth9000 says...

tjames wrote:
mosques should not be allowed at all--this is a christian country. if the newcomers refuse to assimilate then return to country of origin--no christian churches in saudi--and look at iraq egypt etc to see what is happening to christians.
lol you sound like a racist bigot
[quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: mosques should not be allowed at all--this is a christian country. if the newcomers refuse to assimilate then return to country of origin--no christian churches in saudi--and look at iraq egypt etc to see what is happening to christians.[/p][/quote]lol you sound like a racist bigot univeraltruth9000
  • Score: 2

12:55pm Tue 19 Aug 14

univeraltruth9000 says...

murfyboy wrote:
Being intolerant of the most intolerant religion in the world doesn't make you racist! Muslims don't want to integrate ! Look at sharia patrolled zones in Britain , halal food being secretly fed to the non Muslims , building a massive mosque is just going increase the Muslim population creating another " no go area for non Muslims ". Blame these corrupt traitorous politicians , they live a fairytale lifestyle and font see the real world by the consequences of their actions. The common people had spoken by jumping on the Ukip bandwagon by becoming tired of politicians lies and deception , so now labour , conservative and lib dems are going after ethnic minority votes. I can't wait till all the Muslim voters for labour find out Milliband is a Jew , his career will be finished haha
Bigot
[quote][p][bold]murfyboy[/bold] wrote: Being intolerant of the most intolerant religion in the world doesn't make you racist! Muslims don't want to integrate ! Look at sharia patrolled zones in Britain , halal food being secretly fed to the non Muslims , building a massive mosque is just going increase the Muslim population creating another " no go area for non Muslims ". Blame these corrupt traitorous politicians , they live a fairytale lifestyle and font see the real world by the consequences of their actions. The common people had spoken by jumping on the Ukip bandwagon by becoming tired of politicians lies and deception , so now labour , conservative and lib dems are going after ethnic minority votes. I can't wait till all the Muslim voters for labour find out Milliband is a Jew , his career will be finished haha[/p][/quote]Bigot univeraltruth9000
  • Score: 0

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