TOP Tory MPs today called for sacked housing guru Roger Scruton to be given his job back after he was “stitched up” by the left.
The conservative philosopher was removed as head of a Government architecture commission when he was accused of racism in a magazine interview.
But it later emerged his quotes had been edited to make them appear worse than they actually were.
Now a string of leading Tories have called on Housing Secretary James Brokenshire to reinstate Sir Roger.
Iain Duncan Smith told the Mail on Sunday: “Roger Scruton is a decent man and a sincere philosopher who believes in discussing issues. What was done to him was appalling.”
He warned ministers against knee-jerk reactions in response to “biased Twitter storms”.
This week a recording of Sir Roger’s interview with the left-wing New Statesman emerged which his allies say prove he was treated unfairly.
MP Zac Goldsmith said: “Roger Scruton was stitched up by the New Statesman in a way that covers the journalist and magazine in shame.
“Scruton deserves a full apology at the very least, and in a fair world he would get his job back.”
The academic was accused of making comments which were racist towards Chinese people, Jews and Muslims.
He was sacked within hours of the interview being published after a number of Tory MPs called for him to go.
Several have now said they were wrong to speak out against Sir Roger without knowing the full context of his remarks.