Minister shuts down "disgusting" Labour: You want to stoke division on race in Britain, you run away

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In the Commons Kemi Badenoch, the equalities minister, has made a statement about the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

She says the report paints a complex picture, compared to the way that race issues are often portrayed.

The Equalities minister claimed Labour wants to create 'divisive atmosphere' around race.

In response to Kemi Badenoch, Marsha de Cordova, her Labour shadow, strongly condemned the report. She said that it was “incoherent”, that it downplayed the importance of institutional and structural racism and that it effectively blamed ethnic minorities for their own disadvantages.

She said it had been widely discredited, and that its conclusions were “ideologically motivated”. She was surprised to hear Badenoch defending it, she said. The minister was defending the indefensible, she claimed.

In response, Badenoch said that Labour wanted to create a “divisive atmosphere” around race.

"She (De Cordova is clearly determined to create a divisive atmosphere around race in this house, and in this country, and we will not stand for it.

We continue to push for a fairer Britain, for levelling up, they continue to look for division, they continue to stoke culture wars, and then claim that we are the ones fighting them.

I completely reject all of the assertions that she has made, many of them false, many of them hypocritical. Who’s party is it that has been determined institutionally racist by the Equality and Human Rights Commission? It’s not my party, it’s hers."


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