Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy has said she is personally "troubled" by Trevor Phillips' comments on Islam.
Appearing on ITV's Good Morning Britain, the Wigan MP became the first of the three candidates to replace Mr Corbyn to comment publicly on the campaigner's suspension.
Mr Phillips previously led the Equalities and Human Rights Commission but has since been criticised for a string of comments about Islam.
Yesterday it emerged he was told he was suspended from the Labour party over a string of public statements on Islam.
He has previously made comments about Pakistani Muslim men sexually abusing children in northern British towns – and a joke last September about having been named "Islamophobe of the year".
He was also quoted in 2016 as saying Muslims "see the world differently from the rest of us".
And he has argued against the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims' move to define Islamophobia – a definition adopted by the Labour Party.
He has defended his statements, including that it was "nonsense" to define being anti-Islam as racist as Muslims do not identify as a race.
Ms Nandy said: "I don't know if there is something to these allegations or not.
"I have admired a lot of the work that Trevor Phillips has done in combatting racism in the last few years.
"But I have also been troubled by some of the things he has said about Islam."
She added that his comments saying Muslims couldn't experience racism because they aren't a race had concerned her.
"He has also made a string of comments about how Muslims are different – and how they think in particular ways.
"There is something problematic about how he says, on one hand, you can't group people together and therefore they experience and then, on the other hand, he has grouped them together."
She added: "I think this just highlight how badly discredited the Labour party has become about how we handle complaints."
The Daily Telegraph reports that Mr Philips has called on Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey to "pick a side" and say whether or not they support his suspension.
Mr Phillips told the paper the issue was a "test for the kind of party these candidates want to lead".
Ex-Labour MP Lord Mann said that the candidates should intervene against the "Orwellian" suspension of Mr Phillips.
But not all in the party disagree.
Labour MP Wes Streeting said: “The trouble for the Labour Party is that the credibility of its complaints process has been shot to pieces by political manipulation and mismanagement for a number of years. That’s why we need a truly independent system.
“Some of Trevor Phillips’ generalisations about British Muslims have been sensationalist and irresponsible. I haven’t seen the complaint against him.
“My general view is that if someone has fallen foul of the working definition of Islamophobia then it’s their behaviour that needs to change, not the definition.”
Thee Muslim Council of Britain slammed Mr Phillips.
An MCB spokesperson said: "Mr Phillips has made incendiary statements about Muslims that would be unacceptable for any other minority. Many of these sweeping generalisations are unfounded, wildly exaggerated and are familiar tropes taken up by the far right."
They added: "Mr Phillips would have us believe that he is a martyr for free speech and tolerance. But the fact remains that the deployment of these sweeping generalisations and tropes would not be acceptable for any other community.
"We are not commenting on the internal processes of the Labour Party, its choices or prioritisation of this case versus others. We expect the Party to follow the appropriate process and investigate its members over all allegations of Islamophobia, and all other types of racism."
A Labour Party spokesman said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints about Islamophobia extremely seriously and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”
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