Thursday 7 January 2021 / 1:28 PM Angela Rayner

Labour demands action against Conservative politicians over Washington violence comments

Labour’s Deputy Leader and Party Chair Angela Rayner has written to Conservative Party Chair Amanda Milling demanding that the Conservative Party takes action against Welsh Senedd Member Andrew RT Davies and Susan Hall, Leader of the Conservative Group on the Greater London Assembly, over comments they made on social media regarding the violence seen at the US Capitol.

Rayner has warned that Davies and Hall, who both equated democratic debate in the UK with “an armed, violent and fundamentally anti-democratic assault on the US legislature”, risk legitimising or inciting violence in Britain and undermine our democracy and democratic processes.

Rayner has urged the Conservative Party to condemn these comments and the suggestion that people who disagree with democratic decisions are justified in taking violent action in an attempt to overturn or resist them, and has asked her Conservative counterpart if Davies and Hall will be suspended from membership of the Conservative Party and barred from standing as Conservative candidates in the May elections.

 

Full text of letter from Angela Rayner to Amanda Milling:

Dear Amanda,

I am writing to you regarding statements made by Conservative Welsh Senedd Member Andrew RT Davies and Susan Hall, Leader of the Conservative Group on the Greater London Assembly, following violence in Washington DC at the US Capitol.

I am deeply concerned that two Conservative elected representatives have equated democratic debate in the UK with an armed, violent and fundamentally anti-democratic assault on the US legislature, during which people lost their lives.

These statements are absolutely unacceptable, extremely dangerous and must not be allowed to stand. To equate peaceful democratic debate in the UK with deadly violence in the USA validates the violence that we have seen in Washington DC, serves to legitimise and incite violence in our own country and undermines our democracy and democratic processes.

I hope that you would agree that these inflammatory comments have absolutely no place in British political debate, and that you will distance the Conservative Party from the suggestion made by your elected representatives that people who disagree with democratic decisions are justified in taking violent action in an attempt to resist or overturn them.

Will you immediately condemn these comments, launch an urgent inquiry into these two elected representatives, suspend them from membership of the Conservative Party and ensure that they are not able to stand as Conservative candidates in the May elections?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely

Angela Rayner MP