Senior British Muslims tried to reverse Holocaust memorial day snub

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Senior leaders within the Muslim Council of Britain tried to reverse the controversial decision to stay away from Holocaust memorial day, the Guardian has learned.

Key figures such as Sir Iqbal Sacranie were desperate for the organisation to change tack, arguing that the current stance was damaging the MCB's reputation among the government and public.

A secret meeting of the ruling committee saw more than a third of its senior figures vote to join Jewish leaders and those from other religions in the commemoration, which marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. But the policy was upheld by 23 votes to 14 in a secret ballot.

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