Oldham Council leader Arooj Shah's car set on fire in arson attack

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image captionArooj Shah was the archetypal Muslim pistillate to instrumentality complaint of a assembly successful the northbound of England

The car of Oldham Council person Arooj Shah has been deliberately acceptable connected occurrence successful a "shocking" arson attack.

The conveyance was acceptable alight connected Greengate Street, Oldham conscionable earlier 01:30 BST connected Tuesday, damaging the car and a neighbouring property.

Greater Manchester Police is investigating however the occurrence began. Politicians person condemned the attack.

Some Labour MPs person tweeted their "solidarity" for the assembly leader.

Jim McMahon, Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton, said "the afloat value of the instrumentality indispensable beryllium seen to bring those accountable to book".

"My solidarity with Cllr Arooj Shah, who has been targeted successful specified a cowardly way," he tweeted.

Barbara Keeley, Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South, added it this was a "shocking onslaught connected a Labour pistillate leader" and added: "I'm sending solidarity and I anticipation she and her household are OK."

Oldham Liberal Democrats described the incidental arsenic "appalling".

"It is simply a frightening onslaught connected an individual, but it besides demonstrates the menace to radical successful nationalist beingness and stops decent radical from being progressive successful it," a spokesperson for the enactment said.

"Not lone indispensable we halt this transgression attack, but besides the abusive attack that has been excessively overmuch of the authorities successful Oldham recently, and the UK, successful caller years."

Ms Shah was elected arsenic person of the borough's bulk Labour radical aft the erstwhile person Sean Fielding mislaid his spot successful the caller elections.

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