Conservatives will hold inquiry into Islamophobia, says finance minister

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid speaks at Bolton Lads & Girls club in Bolton

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British finance minister Sajid Javid said on Tuesday the governing Conservative Party would hold an inquiry into Islamophobia within its ranks, saying it took criticism from the Muslim community seriously.

He told a news conference in Manchester the Conservative party would "never, ever, as a party, tolerate anyone amongst our ranks that has any kind of prejudice to any group of people whether based on their race, or their religion, or their gender.

"Because some members of the Muslim community and others are saying, and I understand this, is there more that you can do, in your procedures as a party, to root out anti-Muslim hatred? ... That's why we will have an inquiry into what more we can do."

(Reporting by Phil Noble in Manchester and Andy Bruce in London, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison)