Basit Mahmood

News reporter

Location icon United Kingdom

News reporter with experience in both local and national news. Passionate about sharing the stories of those from underrepresented and marginalised backgrounds.

Muslim women 'fear for safety' after Boris Johnson scraps Islamophobia inquiry

British Muslims say they fear that 'hate crime and anti-Muslim racism will go unchallenged' after the prime minister went back on his pledge to hold an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. Boris Johnson had promised to hold an inquiry into Islamophobia, along with other Tory party leadership hopefuls, during a leadership debate in June.

'Worst summer yet' for child hunger as foodbanks rely on reserves

This has been the 'worst summer yet' for millions of children facing holiday hunger, with foodbanks operating on reserves, according to an MP. Frank Field MP, who founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty, says the government must now set up a national scheme and be done with experiments, to prevent a repeat next summer.

Becoming homeless can happen easier than you might think

On the night of April 23, 2018, Paul prepared to spend his first night as a homeless person in a park surrounded by properties worth upwards of £1.5 million. He had managed to find a spot in Sidney Square, Whitechapel, east London.

Terror police recall guidance listing 'Muslim beliefs' as signs of extremism

Counter terror police are recalling official guidance which suggested that 'Muslims who believe they are oppressed' could be a sign of extremism. Human rights groups condemned the 12-page document produced by counter terrorism police in south-east England for undermining 'free expression and discrimination'.

The power of books in prisons 'must not be underestimated', charity says

Almost half of Britain's prisoners are not literate enough to manage daily living and employment tasks when they come out, a charity has warned. Haven Distribution wants inmates to be given access to books and reading lessons to bring down reoffending rates, adding that they play a crucial role in rehabilitation, self-worth, and life-long learning.

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