Former Conservative grandee Baroness Flather has sparked outrage by claiming that all Muslims in Britain live on benefits.
The Mail on Sunday claimed that the cross-bench peer endorsed comments reportedly made by the man recently appointed by David Cameron to deliver victory at the 2015 General Election.
Flather said: "I don't condone swearing but Lynton [Crosby] is right to say it is pointless for the Conservaties to chase Muslims. They are all on benefits and all vote Labour."
Crosby led Boris Johnson's two election campaigns for mayor of London. A hard-boiled Australian, it was reported that one piece of advice he gave Johnson was not to canvas the votes of "f***ing Muslims".
Sources close to Crosby insisted it was not a racist remark but just typical of Crosby's robust antipodean style.
Opponents slammed Flather and Labour MP Michael Dugher called on her to apologise.
Baroness Flather was the first Asian woman to receive a peerage and caused a stir by appearing the House of Lords dressed in a sari following her investiture in 1986. But the Baroness of Windsor and Maidenhead is no friend of political correctness.