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Cameron slams anti-mosque campaign

David Cameron has condemned an "appalling" campaign against plans to build a mosque in his rural Oxfordshire constituency.

The Prime Minister, who is the Conservative MP for Witney, spoke out in response to a "scaremongering" leaflet which said he should be voted out for backing the scheme.

The "mosque alert" warning - bearing the name of the Nationalist Alliance - urged locals not to re-elect Mr Cameron at the next general election.

It claimed that not only was he a supporter of the proposed new place of worship for Muslims, but he had also "set up a special task force to ensure your children kneel before Allah".

One leaflet was received by local councillor Tahirul Hasan, whose previous plan to build a mosque in the market town was thwarted by threats to burn down the premises he had planning permission to use, the Cotswold Journal reported.

Mr Cameron told the newspaper: "I condemn the 'Nationalist Alliance' for appalling behaviour, scaremongering and seeking to divide our community.

"I support Muslims in Chipping Norton having somewhere to pray. The idea that this means ensuring 'your children will kneel before Allah' is ludicrous.

"People in Chippy will see through this sort of nonsense."

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