Scotland's only Muslim MP last night backed warnings from a Tory cabinet minister that Islamophobia has become more widespread and socially acceptable in Britain.

Baroness Warsi, minister without portfolio and Conservative Party chairman, said yesterday that feeling against the religion had now passed what she described as the "dinner table" test, suggesting it was now seen as ordinary family conversation.

She also warned depictions which divided followers into moderates and extremists were helping to foster intolerance.

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