BORIS Johnson has launched a top level probe into claims a Tory minister was fired for being Muslim.
The PM has ordered the Cabinet Office to look into the bullying allegations made by Nusrat Ghani.
Ms Ghani insists she was pushed out of her government job over her faith.
The MP claimed a whip told her that colleagues were “uncomfortable” with her being a female Muslim minister.
And she was warned if she complained her career and reputation would be destroyed.
Downing Street insisted the PM had spoken to Ms Ghani at the time in summer 2020 about her worries and told her to register a formal complaint but she had not done so.
A No 10 spokesman said today: “The Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani MP.
“At the time these allegations were first made, the Prime Minister recommended to her that she make a formal complain to CCHQ. She did not take up this offer.
“The Prime Minister has now asked officials to establish the facts about what happened.
“As he said at the time, the Prime Minister takes these claims very seriously.”
Ms Ghani, who spoke to whips after being moved from her transport minister job, said yesterday that “not a day has gone by without thinking about what I was told”.
Chief Whip Mark Spencer declared he was the one who had talked to her — but he denied her accusations and called them “defamatory”.
He insisted: “I have never used those words attributed to me. It is disappointing that, when this issue was raised before, Ms Ghani declined to refer the matter to the Party for a formal investigation.”
This morning education secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the claims will be thoroughly investigated.
He said: “She has made a very serious allegation.
“I think it is important that someone like a Cabinet Office senior civil servant should look at this properly, because the Chief Whip has also categorically denied this.”