Wednesday 10 April 2019 / 4:28 PM Andrew Gwynne / Housing

The Tories should never have appointed Roger Scruton and must explain what due diligence was done – Gwynne

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to Roger Scruton being sacked, said:

“Labour called for Roger Scruton to be sacked from the start and the Tories should never have handed him the job given what was known about his disgusting, hateful remarks.

“If his views are unacceptable to the Government now, why were they acceptable when he previously said that date rape is not a crime, that homosexuality is ‘not normal’, that Islamophobia is a ‘propaganda word’, and peddled antisemitic conspiracy theories about George Soros?

“The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire should apologise for defending Mr Scruton as a ‘champion’ of free speech and for saying our criticism of him was ‘misinformed’ and ‘ill-judged’.

“Mr Brokenshire also said ‘due diligence’ had been conducted on Mr Scruton’s appointment, so he must explain what this entailed, what processes he followed and how he reached his decision. The Government should also strip him of his knighthood.”