Labour: We'll break up Islamic ghettos
Minister speaks out on 'no-go' areas for whites
Exclusive by Bob Roberts, Political Editor
Muslim ghettos which have become no-go areas for whites must be broken up, Labour will declare today.
In a speech which is set to spark a storm Communities Secretary Hazel Blears will say there is a need to take a hard look at the impact of immigration on cities.
It will be the first time a senior Government minister has called for the break-up of areas dominated by racial or religious groups.
And it follows Church of England Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali attack on Islamic extremists for creating no-go areas across Britain.
Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights, has also warned Britain is "sleepwalking into segregation". But Ms Blears risks provoking fury with claims Labour are "pandering to the right" by attacking immigrants.
She will tell the Left-wing Fabian Society: "No neighbourhood should be dominated by one group in ways which make others feel alienated or unsafe."
"We must ensure community cohesion is maintained. No one faith or ethnic group can dominate a locality to the exclusion of all others."
She went on to say there was "nothing wrong" with unthreatening cultural enclaves, such as traditional China Towns.
Ministers are considering cutting funding to community groups based on religion or race and thinking of stopping councils allocating housing along ethnic lines.
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