A MUSLIM MP today demanded an end to the Muslim veil row.
Dewsbury's Labour MP Shahid Malik - himself a Muslim - issued a public appeal to Aisha Azmi, the Muslim teaching assistant suspended for wearing a veil, "to just let this thing go".
He has also called for the debate to move forward and focus on the real danger to our society, the lack of mixing and extremism.
His comments follow an employment tribunal that rejected Mrs Azmi's case for unfair dismissal against Kirklees Council, throwing out her claims of direct and indirect religious discrimination and harassment.
Mr Malik said: "I would appeal to Mrs Azmi now just to let this thing go. There is no real support for it. It would be healthy all round if she were to just accept the tribunal result.
"I believe that public debate needs to move forward. The priority has got to be those issues which unite the majority of decent people in our community and isolate the extremists. A veil worn by less than 1% of Muslim women in the UK is not the big issue of the day."
Mr Malik expressed concerns about Mrs Azmi's stated intention to appeal the decision of the tribunal and said: "It appears she is attempting to turn this into some sort of Muslim cause – it isn't. If she truly cares about the Muslim and non-Muslim community then she will end this madness now."