MPs ask whether Murray’s ‘zero tolerance’ claim for racism means he will suspend/expel two of those pictured
Black Labour MPs have criticised deputy leadership candidate Ian Murray’s sponsored Facebook ad to “Labour’s women” for a glaring omission – and his choice of two MPs he has included.
Mr Murray’s paid advert titled “My pledges to Labour’s women” features nine ‘Labour women’ – but apart from a purple tint to the centre line, all the women shown are white:
Black women on the Labour benches have reacted angrily to the all-white ad’s conspicuous absence of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) women. One told the SKWAWKBOX:
It’s all too typical of what passes for white middle-class feminism among many Labour MPs that nobody seems to have thought “Hang on, something’s wrong with this picture!”
Labour has so many great BAME women in the Commons but not one appears here, it’s shocking that Ian thought this was ok.
But it’s not surprising. Just look at the lack of solidarity a lot of the back-benchers have shown when Diane [Abbott] or other black MPs have faced abuse or threats.
Another echoed that dissatisfaction and also raised concerns about the identity of two of the faces that do appear in the graphic:
Ian says he’s zero tolerance for racism. Would he expel those two?
A number of other black women in the parliamentary party are understood to be unhappy about the ad.
Ian Murray’s campaign was contacted for comment and asked to respond to the MPs’ concerns and the ‘zero tolerance’ question, but did not respond by the time of publication.
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