The Conservatives have been accused of an "astonishing" attack on free speech and "demonising" Muslims after officials banned an event at their conference in Manchester because it had links to two Islamic charities.

The Muslim Charities Forum and Human Appeal International helped organise the fringe meeting on the role of Muslim charities in Britain, along with the national organisation that represents UK charities.

It was due to be held on Tuesday inside the Tory conference and was going to be addressed by the Conservative Muslim peer Baroness Mobarik along with the chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (Acevo), Sir Stephen Bubb, and Othman Moqbel, the chief executive of Human Appeal.

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