Phillips, who previously chaired the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was selected despite his suspension from the Labor party last month for alleged Islamophobia, including a reference to British Muslims as “a nation within a nation ” The first four British doctors who died with Covid-19 were all Muslim.
In the Guardian, Sayeeda Warsi, who has long campaigned against Islamophobia in the Conservative party she previously led, and Simon Woolley, director of Operation Black Vote, write: “The biggest challenge in the review will be credibility. Public Health England has given Trevor Phillips and his company, Webber Phillips, a leading role. Yet an increasing number of BAME groups and individuals are struggling to find the confidence they need to take this review seriously. “