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Orlando Shooting: Labour MP Wes Streeting Captures UK Parliament's LGBT Solidarity

'In my constituency, Muslims don't murder gay people they elect them'

13/06/2016 17:19 | Updated 13 June 2016

A gay Labour MP has captured the spirit of solidarity in the UK following the Orlando club shooting that killed 49 people.

Wes Streeting told Parliament: "In my constituency of Ilford North, Muslims don't murder gay people they elect them."

Streeting was among a series of British MPs who spoke defiantly in the House of Commons in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Home Secretary Theresa May, responding to an urgent ministerial question table by Labour MP Stephen Doughty, condemned the attack as “utterly evil”.

Streeting, elected to the North London constituency in May last year, added: 

"I know I speak on behalf of all of the diverse faith communities in my constituency in sending solidarity to the LGBT community in Orlando.

"The truth is this attacker was not a lone wolf when it comes to hatred against LGBT people.

"And it may be an uncomfortable truth for some people in this country, and around the world, but just because he carried bullets it doesn't mean the prejudice they carry is any better." 

In my constituency of Ilford North, Muslims don't murder gay people they elect them. Wes Streeting MP

He urged Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to redouble efforts to marginalise discrimination in schools.

Streeting argued the Government had to ensure "every child, irrespective if their background and the type of school they attend, is taught that in this country, in standing up for human rights we do not tolerate or accept in any way discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity".

More than 50 people were injured and 49 died after Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Florida the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with police, was armed with an AR-15 assault type rifle, a handgun and an explosive device. It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

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