A Labour Muslim minister has warned that Islamic law is too unsophisticated for Britain.

Sadiq Khan said women could be ' abused' by sharia courts, which may give unequal bargaining power to the sexes.

He said: 'The burden is on those who want to open up these courts to persuade us why they should.'

Mr Khan, who was made a community cohesion minister in this month's Government reshuffle, rejected the argument that the courts could operate in the same way as the Jewish Beth Din courts.

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