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Jim Fitzpatrick condemned for 'hijacking' Muslim wedding by bridegroom
by Caroline Gammell and Martin Beckford
A bridegroom has accused Jim Fitzpatrick, the farming minister, of "politically hijacking" his wedding by publicly criticising the traditional Muslim segregation of men and women at the ceremony.
Bodrul Islam said he was "amazed and shocked" that Mr Fitzpatrick had used his wedding to make a political point about radicalisation and social integration.
The 28-year-old said it would have been "common courtesy" for his local MP, who left the ceremony after being told he could not sit with his wife, to respect his religion's customs.
Mr Islam, who is a Labour supporter, is now calling on Mr Fitzpatrick to apologise for the embarrassment he has caused to his family.
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