Labour MPs have demanded a meeting with the editor of the Sun newspaper for approving a front-page story that falsely claimed one in five British Muslims had sympathy with those who have left to fight for Islamic State in Syria.

The 10 MPs said in a letter to the Sun on Thursday: "We are writing to request a meeting with you regarding your recent story '1 in 5 Brit Muslims' sympathy for jihadists' from Monday 23 November."

Shabana Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood, led the Labour backbench call for an explanation from Tony Gallagher, the tabloid's editor. The MPs said they were worried about the impact "flawed" and "misleading" stories have in stoking hate crimes.

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