EXCLUSIVE: Fury as government advisor and Labour member posts Islamophobic depictions of the prophet Mohammed on his Facebook page
- Martin Bridgman posted depictions of Mohammed that alluded to child rape
- He shared at least four of them between November 2018 and March 2019
- Bridgman works as a policy advisor for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and is also part of the Labour Party in east London
Labour Party member Martin Bridgman shared offensive cartoons of Jesus and Mohammed, including ones that alluded to child rape
A government policy advisor sparked fury after it emerged he posted Islamophobic depictions of the Prophet Mohammed online – but has not yet faced action.
Labour Party member Martin Bridgman shared offensive cartoons of Jesus and Mohammed, including ones that alluded to child rape.
At least four of the comic strips were posted on his Facebook page between November 2018 and March 2019, but only uncovered three months ago when a Muslim member of his local Labour party in Ilford, east London, reported them to party officials.
Mr Bridgman works as a policy advisor for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
A spokesman for the Government department told MailOnline they cannot discuss individual cases but they have a zero-tolerance approach to racism or religious discrimination. Labour have placed him under investigation.
The cartoons, from website ‘Jesus and Mo’, show Jesus questioning the Prophet on his marriage to his third wife Aisha among other things.
Some scholars claim Aisha was just nine-years-old when she married Mohammed.
In Islam any depiction of the Prophet Mohammed is highly offensive.
The Website ‘Jesus and Mo’ describes itself as a ‘weekly comic strip dealing in religious satire’.
Labour councillor Khayer Chowdhury, who is also from Ilford where Mr Bridgman is believed to be based, is demanding his party take action on the offensive posts.
He described them as ‘shocking’ and said his Muslim Labour colleague was ‘distressed’ when he saw them on his Facebook page.
Labour MP for Ilford North Wes Streeting branded it a ‘disgrace’ and wrote: ‘Please report immediately to Labour for investigation and action.’
Local Labour polticians, including Ilford North MP Wes Streeting has demanded Labour take action
An MHCLG spokesman told MailOnline: ‘While we cannot discuss individual staffing matters, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government takes a zero-tolerance approach to any form of racism or religious discrimination.
‘Discriminatory behaviour of any kind is completely unacceptable. We expect all departmental employees to uphold the values and behaviours of the Civil Service as set out in the Civil Service Code.
‘We will take appropriate action where people fall short of that expectation.’
A Labour spokesman added: ‘The Labour Party takes all complaints of this nature extremely seriously, which are fully investigated and any appropriate disciplinary action taken in line with the Party’s rules and procedures. We cannot comment on individual cases.”
They added that the posts only came to their attention this week, not three months ago as claimed by the complainant, and took immediate action.
MailOnline has attempted to contact Mr Bridgman for comment.