Monday 15 June 2020 / 10:35 AM Marsha de Cordova / Women and Equalities

Marsha de Cordova responds to announcement about commission on BAME issues

Marsha de Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, responding to the government’s announcement about establishing a “new cross-governmental commission to look at what’s going on with BAME groups”, said:

“We are in the midst of a global health pandemic that has sharply exposed deep structural inequalities which have long since needed urgently addressing.

“That the Prime Minister now says he wants to ‘change the narrative… So we stop the sense of victimisation and discrimination’ is condescending and designed to let himself and his Government off the hook.

“Boris Johnson’s Government must acknowledge and act on the racial injustices and should now move to deliver a race equality strategy that sets out plans to reduce the structural inequalities and institutional racism faced by ethnic minorities in Britain.”