Labour MP Rupa Huq has been suspended after being accused of making ‘racist’ comments after she claimed the chancellor was ‘superficially’ black.
Rupa Huq, the MP for Ealing Central and Acton, made the comments about Kwasi Kwarteng at a Labour conference fringe event on Monday entitled ‘What’s Next for Labour’s Agenda on Race?’
The Conservative Party chairman earlier today condemned Ms Huq’s ‘vile’ comments and urged Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, to remove the whip from her.
In audio published online, Ms Huq can be heard discussing his elite school background, before adding that ‘you wouldn’t know he is black’ when listening to him on the radio.
The comments from the MP for Ealing Central and Acton, in west London, appeared to have been made at a fringe event at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Monday.
Earlier this month, Mr Kwarteng became Britain’s first black Chancellor.
In the audio, Ms Huq could be heard saying: ‘Superficially he is a black man.
‘He went to Eton, I think, he went to a very expensive prep school, all the way through, the top schools in the country.
‘If you hear him on the Today programme, you wouldn’t know he is black.’
Tory party chairman Jake Berry raised his ‘serious concerns’ in a letter to Sir Keir, with the audio being published by the Guido Fawkes website shortly before his conference speech.
‘I trust you will join me in unequivocally condemning these comments as nothing less than racist and that the Labour whip be withdrawn from Rupa Huq as a consequence,’ he wrote.
Mr Berry said that Sunder Katwala, who was chairing the event for the British Future and Black Equity organisations, was forced to challenge her remarks.
According to the Tory MP, Mr Katwala said that the Chancellor’s Conservative views ‘doesn’t make him not black … and I think the Labour Party has to be really careful’.
In a tweet, Mr Katwala said Labour chairwoman Anneliese Dodds was no longer at the meeting when the criticised comments were made.
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