Statement on comments made by Craig Whittaker MP

“The deeply divisive remarks made by Craig Whittaker MP this morning are completely unacceptable, and we call on Mr Whittaker to apologise and withdraw these comments. Such irresponsible remarks are based on no evidence, and only help to fan the flames of xenophobia. It is also appalling that when offered the opportunity this afternoon, the Prime Minister failed to condemn these comments.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating and disproportionate impact on BAME communities, and rather than scapegoating communities, elected officials like Craig Whittaker MP should act to address underlying socioeconomic disadvantages facing minority ethnic people.”