Package containing liquid is found in Labour MP Mohammad Yasin's office

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

"I have been contacted by a number of people who are anxious about the racist literature that was sent to my office today", Yasin wrote on Facebook.

"The issue of anti Muslim and far-right extremism is a focus for the government", she said, pointing to the government's anti-radicalisation programme, Prevent, which she said did not focus just on Islamic radicalisation but other forms of extremism, including of the far right.

Ms Qureshi gave details of the letters that were said to have been received in Bradford, Leicester, London, Cardiff and Sheffield.

A man and a woman were yesterday taken for treatment yesterday before those packages were found to be harmless.

Manchester Gorton Labour MP Afzal Khan was one of four Muslim MP's to receive suspicious packages at Westminster.

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said the House was at its best when it came come together to "condemn evil actions", adding: "We can all unite against this letter". "Among my colleagues, people have shown support but they are outraged".

A member of Huq's staff was today taken to hospital as a precaution after opening the letter, which Huq told the Guardian contained a "sticky substance" that the police had described as "low-level noxious".

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said: 'Police were called at 12.58pm on Monday, 12 March to reports of a suspicious package at Norman Shaw Buildings, Victoria Embankment, Westminster.

At least three police officers and five paramedics were called to the scene inside Norman Shaw North amid reports of a leaking package. The letters are now under investigation by the police.

The spokesman said there were no reported injuries and inquiries were continuing.

A parliamentary spokesman confirmed four packages had been sent to the building in recent days and said police were investigating the latest package.

Reacting to the news, anti-Islamophobia group director Iman Atta OBE told the Sun: "Those behind the malicious letters are trying to create fear within the Muslim communities and the threatening letter titled "Punish a Muslim Day" may be part of a wider campaign of hate against Muslims".

Parliament has emailed all staff, warning them to "be on the alert for suspicious items of mail".

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