Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been accused of “whitesplaining” by Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi after he said others in the party took a “more balanced approach” on Islamophobia than her.
Baroness Warsi has repeatedly criticised the party’s response to Islamophobia in its own ranks.
On Friday, Boris Johnson appeared to rule out an independent inquiry specifically into Islamophobia.
He said the party would hold a “general investigation into prejudice”.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Saturday, Mr Hancock said the Tories needed to hold an inquiry on Islamophobia within the party.
But he added: “Well look, I like Sayeeda [Warsi], she has a particular view on this. There are others who take a more balanced approach,” he said.
Asked if he was saying she was “unbalanced”, Mr Hancock replied: