An election event featuring just the Muslim women standing in Bradford West has been criticised by two excluded candidates.

The Muslim Women's Council (MWC) will today hold an event described as 'an audience with' independent candidate Salma Yaqoob and Labour's Naz Shah.

But Conservative candidate George Grant, a Christian, called the premise "unprogressive, undemocratic and deeply unhelpful".

He said: "It is not simply that this event prevents five of the seven candidates standing for Bradford West from putting forward their prospectus, it is the notion that selected candidates should be considered of greater relevance to a specific group in the community based purely on their gender and their religion.

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