Addressing concerns around Sharia councils, the Bradford West MP said: “There are issues with Sharia councils, usually they’re under-resourced, there’s not that professional standard.
“What we need to be doing is supporting the Sharia councils.
“Sharia councils sometimes are last resorts, where people have lost legal aid, we’ve had austerity kicking in and the courts don’t want to deal with small disputes.
Labour MP Naz Shah, right, has backed the inquiry into Sharia councils
As a British lawmaker I’m very clear, we have one law and that law is of the British court
The MP, who is giving evidence as part of the inquiry, made clear that British law took precedent over any Sharia ruling.
Ms Shah, who admitted the councils could be used to “oppress” women, said: “Sharia itself is actually a code of conduct and the fundamental principal of Sharia is that the law of the land precedes anything.
“You cannot enforce and have a second parallel legal system in this country.
“As a British lawmaker I’m very clear, we have one law and that law is of the British court.”
The comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May, who launched a separate inquiry as Home Secretary, sparked controversy when she spoke out in support of the Islamic courts.
She said Britain could “benefit a great deal” from Sharia teachings.
The interview with Ms Shah comes she was suspended by the Labour Party over anti-Semitic posts online.
She was reinstated in July and she apologised for the posts, including one which suggested Israel should be moved to the United States.
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