Sayeeda Warsi, the former chair of the Conservative party, has blasted the Sun for running a column criticising Channel 4 News for using a Muslim presenter to report news of the Nice truck attack.

Warsi wrote to Sun editor Tony Gallagher on Monday criticising his decision to run Kelvin MacKenzie's column, which she described as "divisive" and "an attempt to 'other' the Muslim community".

She also linked the comment piece, which was headlined "Why did Channel 4 have a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice?" to rising levels of hate crime since the UK vote to leave the EU.

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