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Mosque into politics

June 2015

A mosque in Dalston, London, has faced questions by the Charity Commission over a political slogan posted across its roof before the General Election.

A report from local paper The Hackney Citizen revealed that the mosque in Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, which is home to the UK Islamic Trust, had a message emblazoned across its dome that seemed to give support to a local Reality Party candidate.

The message spelled out ‘Vote for hope’, with smaller lettering beneath it saying, ‘Vote Nigel Askew — Reality Party’.

According to Charity Commission rules, no charity, religious or otherwise, is to publicly endorse a political party or candidate. The Commission contacted the charity ‘as a matter of urgency’ to establish the facts of the matter.

A spokesman said, ‘The Commission will decide what action, if any, is required once the charity has responded’.

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