Priti Patel clashed with Labour MP Flo Eshalomi after she challenged the Home Secretary on the Government’s understanding of racial inequality following the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests. Ms Patel told the House of Commons that there is no place for racism in our country or society.
The Home Secretary said: “I am really saddened that the honourable lady has effectively said this Government doesn’t understand racial inequality.”
Ms Eshalomi replied: “You don’t.”
Ms Patel said: “Well, on that basis it must have been a very different Home Secretary who as a child was frequently called a p*ki on the playground.
“A very different Home Secretary who was racially abused on the streets or even advised to drop her surname and use her husbands in order to advance her career.
“A different Home Secretary who was recently characterised in the Guardian newspaper as a fat cow with a ring through its nose, something that was not only racist but offensive both culturally and religiously.
“This is hardly an example of respect, equality, tolerance or fairness.”
She continued: “So when it comes to racism, sexism tolerance or social justice I will not take lectures from the other side of the House.
“I have already said repeatedly that there is no place for racism in our country or society.
“I salute their bravery and wish them a swift recovery.
“The thugs and criminals responsible are already being brought to justice.
“This is a fluid situation but as of this morning, the total number of arrests stood at 135.
“As the ugly tally of officer assaults shows some protesters turned to violent behaviour at the weekend.
“This hooliganism is utterly indefensible, there is no justification for it.”
Published at Mon, 08 Jun 2020 18:45:00 +0000