Catherine West MP speaking at the Crouch End Black Lives Matter march and demo
Catherine West MP speaking at the Crouch End Black Lives Matter march and demo

Hundreds of you have emailed me, angry about the deaths of George Floyd in the United States, and Belly Mujinga here in the UK.

I share your anger.

The images from the US of heavily armed Police Officers breaking up peaceful protesters calling for racial equity, and the sad death of a key worker here in the UK doing her job, has angered me as well.

Labour has called for an immediate halt to the sale and export of riot control equipment to the US until a review can be carried out to establish their use, and Keir Starmer raised the Government’s lack of condemnation in the House of Commons yesterday.

As my colleague Emily Thornberry clearly laid out in her letter to Liz Truss (available to read in full at the bottom of this page), our alliance with the United States is based on values which we share with the American people, and it is because of these values we should not supply arms to Donald Trump to use against his own people.

Closer to home:

I know that this is not enough, and we must do more to challenge systemic racism here and abroad.

  • As a first step, I have written to the Education Secretary to ask him to meet with BAME academics and hold an urgent review into the curriculum to ensure BAME voices are heard, and BAME history is taught. This is a small, but vital, step.  You can read my letter here.  You can also receive the response I received here.
  • I have also written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to raise my concerns about the use of stop and search and you can read a copy of the response I received here.

I can assure you I will continue working for a future free of racism and bigotry.

Labour
Labour's Shadow International Trade Secretary Emily Thormberry writes to Liz Truss MP - page 1
Labour
Labour's Shadow International Trade Secretary Emily Thormberry writes to Liz Truss MP - page 2
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