Sharia courts have been described as “courts of convenience” by Keighley MP Kris Hopkins, who claims they threaten the integrity of the nation’s justice system.
The MP was speaking after the Bradford Council of Mosques revealed they were in talks to start up a local Sharia panel that would offer advice and deal with legal issues within the Muslim community.
It led to Mr Hopkins writing to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to block any such move.
But the Council of Mosques has accused the Tory MP of misquoting its comments to suit his own purpose, and says it has no intention of replacing the national court system.
Bradford Council of Mosques has called for Sharia councils to be better resourced and recognised at Government level. Council president Mohammed Mushtaq says it is consulting with Imams and Muslim scholars to create a “robust and transparent framework” to make any Sharia council as effective as possible.
In his letter Mr Hopkins said: “There can only be one set of laws in this country, and we must not countenance the concept of different ethnic groups setting up their own court rooms of convenience.