The Conservative Party has been accused of “institutional” Islamophobia and “turning a blind eye” to prejudice.

Baroness Warsi is angry about the case of a Tory council candidate who had been reinstated after apologising for what she said were “vile” comments.

Peter Lamb has now quit the party, following the outcry.

Baroness Warsi said the fact he had been seen as “an appropriate candidate for us” showed why “the problem is not just individuals, it’s institutional”.

She has written to the party’s chief executive Sir Mick Davis urging him to “show leadership” on the issue, because leader Theresa May and party chairman Brandon Lewis

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