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David Cameron says UK government will use Daesh not Isis following campaign by Gillingham and Rainham MP, Rehman Chishti

The government will now officially refer to Isis as Daesh, following calls by the MP for Gillingham and Rainham, Rehman Chishti.

Mr Chishti’s campaign to change the word used to describe the group received the support of 170 MPs from across the political spectrum.

During today's debate on whether the UK will expand airstrikes into Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron said the government will join other countries in using the term Daesh instead.

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron
Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillingham and Rainham.
Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillingham and Rainham.

Many countries, including Turkey, Australia and the Arab League have already adopted the phrase Daesh instead of using Islamic State, Isil or Isis.

Mr Cameron said: “Having carefully considered the strong representations made to me by the honourable member from Gillingham and Rainham, having listened to many members of Parliament from across the house, I feel it is time to follow our key ally France, the Arab League, and other members of the international community, in using as frequently as possible, the terminology Daesh, rather than Isil.

"Because frankly this evil death cult is neither a true representation of Islam nor is it a state.”

The word Daesh, which is an Arabic name for the group, holds negative connotations, referring to “one who sows discord”.

Mr Chishti said: “I am delighted that the government will now be joining our key international allies in using the term Daesh to defeat this evil organisation’s propaganda, appeal and self-proclaimed legitimacy.

“This barbaric terrorist group is not Islamic nor is it a state and Daesh is a better term for it. I hope that media organisations will now follow the Government’s lead and also adopt the term.”

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