David Cameron has promised that halal slaughter will be "safe in Britain" for as long as he remains in power, decrying the "intolerance" towards Muslims that exists in some parts of the country.

The prime minister, who made similar promises with regards to kosher meat on a visit to Israel last month, said his government would never put restrictions on religious slaughter, which often includes animals that are not stunned before they are killed.

He also pledged to keep on tackling Islamophobia, saying Britain must "stamp out once and for all the intolerance that blights people's lives."

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