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UK: Labour MP Suspended For Calling Conservative Chancellor ‘Superficially Black’

“If you hear him on the Today Programme, you wouldn’t know he’s black.”

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Speaking at an event held by British Future called “What’s Next for Labour’s Agenda on Race,” at the left-wing party’s annual conference in Liverpool, Rupa Huq, the MP for London’s Ealing and Central Action constituency, attacked Kwasi Kwarteng, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer and the first black man to hold the position.

“I’m sorry if I was not making myself understood clearly. He’s superficially a black man, but again, he’s got more in common… He went to Eton, I think he went to a very expensive prep school, all the way through the top schools in the country,” Huq said in a recording posted by Guido Fawkes.

“If you hear him on the Today Programme, you wouldn’t know he’s black.”

Huq, who had allegedly first questioned whether the event was being “held under Chatham House rules,” where comments would not be reported, was rebuked by host Sunder Katwala, who said that the Labour Party has to be “really careful” about making such remarks.

Conservative politicians were quick to attack Huq.

“What does superficially black mean,” asked former London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, suggesting that the Labour MP “must explain how her comments are not anything other than overt racism.”

Angela Rayner, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said that Huq’s remarks were “unacceptable,” with a Labour spokesman calling on her to withdraw the “totally inappropriate” comments.

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Huq initially told the Guardian’s Aubrey Allegretti that she stood by her comments and saw no need to apologise. “Obviously I know you can be brown and be a Tory, I’m not that stupid,” Huq said, claiming that the interpretation of her comments was “a massive misunderstanding.”

However, Huq was suspended by the Labour Party pending an investigation, and will now sit as an Independent in the House of Commons. She later tweeted that she apologised to Kwarteng, and said that her comments were “ill-judged.”

Writing in the Guardian in December last year, Huq said that the “hands on [the] levers of power” in Parliament were “hideously white,” arguing that it was “not a good look” that there were no chairs of any of the 30 key Parliamentary select committees.

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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting jackhadfield.co.uk.

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