Tuesday 25 May 2021 / 8:02 AM Women and Equalities

Starmer, Lammy and De Cordova reaffirm Labour’s commitment to tackling racial injustice on anniversary of George Floyd’s death

“We must ensure that change happens” – Starmer, Lammy and De Cordova reaffirm Labour’s commitment to tackling racial injustice on anniversary of George Floyd’s death


On the 1st anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, the Labour Party reasserts its commitment to tackling racial injustice and ending structural racism in the UK.


In a joint video statement published today [Tuesday] Labour leader Keir Starmer, Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy and Shadow Women & Equalities Secretary Marsha De Cordova pay tribute to the global movement sparked by the death of George Floyd. They pledge that Labour will continue campaigning to “ensure that change happens.”


The video sets out the Party’s determination to tackle racial injustices brought to the fore by both George Floyd’s death and the disproportionate impact of coronavirus, while acknowledging that “these injustices have long scarred our society.”


Starmer, Lammy and De Cordova highlight a series of campaigns which Labour will continue while in opposition, and changes the Party would bring forward in government. These include fully implementing the findings of the Lammy Review into unfairness in the UK’s justice system, improving diversity within the school curriculum, and implementing a Race Equality Act to tackle structural inequalities.



David Lammy MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, speaking on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death said:


“George Floyd looked like me, he could have been me. That’s why his death reverberated around the world. People said: none of us can breathe when we still face the issues of structural racism in our lives every day.


“That’s why George Floyd’s death sparked a global movement, from Minneapolis to Manchester to Mile End. Black and white people came together to say Black Lives Matter.”


He goes on:


“Labour would end the unfairness that runs through the UK’s justice system. Labour will implement all the remaining recommendations of the Lammy Review, which I was commissioned to write. Labour would make the justice system fair for everyone, regardless of race, religion or background.”



Marsha De Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Women & Equalities Secretary said:


“Black Lives Matter is more than a slogan. George Floyd said “I can’t breathe.” That could have been my brother, my nephew or it could have been me. That’s why his death sparked a powerful movement that spread to workplaces, schools and onto the streets of our country.


She adds:


“Labour would build a curriculum that reflects and celebrates our diversity. Young people will have a balanced understanding of Britain’s past and how it has shaped society today.


“It’s a crucial way to ensure that young people have the tools to challenge present-day racism and discrimination.”


Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“These injustices have long scarred our society, but they have been brutally exposed by Covid. On the 25th of May 2020, not only did people see the violence on a street in Minneapolis but they could see the violence and destruction that structural racism was having on Black communities in their own societies as a result of the pandemic.

“We must ensure that change happens. And that is what the Labour Party is committed to.”


He goes on:

“And the next Labour Government would introduce a Race Equality Act. Because this is the time for action. As we emerge from the pandemic, we have a moral duty to address inequalities and injustices that this crisis has so brutally exposed.

“The eradication of structural racism will be a defining cause for the next Labour government.”