Judge Peter Herbert OBE, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, has spoken out to condemn Keir Starmer’s prejudice and interference in the suspension of Diane Abbott, the UK’s first black female MP. Abbott has been suspended by the party pending an investigation into her comments in a letter to a newspaper, but Starmer has already condemned them as ‘antisemitic’. Abbott has apologised for the comments, but many in the UK’s Black communities have told Skwawkbox that she had nothing to apologise for in pointing out that people of colour face a different kind and frequency of racism than those who appear ‘white’.
Herbert has said publicly, through his Twitter account under hashtags about racism and justice, that Starmer has contaminated the process – and has breached the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s ban on political interference in disciplinary processes:
Given Starmer’s record of contempt for natural justice and indifference toward anti-Black racism, it is unlikely his hopes will be fulfilled. Starmer should be grovelling to Diane Abbott and all the other Black people whose abuse by the Labour right he has condoned, enabled and covered up, but he does not have the decency.
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