Friday 27 September 2019 / 12:23 PM Dawn Butler / Women and Equalities

Desmond Swayne defends his use of blackface – Butler responds

Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Women’s and Equalities Secretary, responding to Sir Desmond Swayne MP blog defending his use of blackface, said:

“This is another example of a politician not even trying to understand the history of oppression and racism. Desmond Swayne has not only admitted to blacking up himself, but is now actively encouraging others to do so.

“The Tories need to explain what action will be taken against him and whether this took place while he was a government minister.

“This is a Party that failed to reprimand an MP who used the N-word, implemented the hostile environment policy that has led to black people being wrongfully deported, and is run by Boris Johnson whose racist words incited a 375 per cent increase in racist hate crime.”


Notes to Editors:

  • Sir Desmond Swayne was a government whip from September 2012 – July 2014 and was Prime Minister David Cameron’s Parliamentary Private Secretary.
  • Swayne released a blog defending Justin Trudeau’s use of blackface and admitting to using blackface himself