Qatar donates £1.5m for mosque after intervention from Jack Straw

    Jack Straw, Britain’s Justice Secretary, wrote a letter of introduction for his friend and political ally, Lord Patel of Blackburn, who persuaded the emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, to spend £1.5m, half the total needed to build the five-story mosque. Liberal Democrats in Blackburn, Mr. Straw’s constituency, claimed the Labour party had used the…

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