Ealing Lib Dems call for Rupa Huq to resign

Image above: Rupa Huq speaking at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference; Guido Fawkes

“Only dignified thing she should do is resign and call a by-election”

Ealing’s Liberal Democrats have called for Rupa Huq to resign, which would force a by-election in her Ealing Central & Acton constituency.

Huq has had the Labour whip suspended after her comments, during which she called the Chancellor Kwasi Kwateng “superficially black”.

On Wednesday (28 September), the Leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, criticised Huq telling LBC what she said was “racist” and “wrong”. The Shadow Culture Secretary, Lucy Powell, echoed Sir Keir’s criticism: “Rupa’s comments were racist, in my view, they were wrong, they were incredibly stupid” she said.

Ealing’s Liberal Democrat opposition Leader drew on Labour’s slap down of Huq, going further and calling for her resignation over what he described as a pattern of racist comments. He told The Chiswick Calendar:

“The only dignified thing she should do is resign and call a by-election. Because this isn’t the first time she’s made racist comments… She’s someone who just says before she thinks and that isn’t the sort of person who should be representing our area.”

“…She’s apologised, but it’s easy to apologise after you’ve said something. She’s done this at least once before, she should just go now.”

Image above: Cllr Gary Malcolm

Huq’s comments “divide our country”

“Comments which divide our country along racial lines have no place in our national discourse.

‘It is right that she has lost the Labour whip and illustrates how Labour still has a racism problem. Labour must take action to root out this serous malaise from public life.

‘Liberal Democrats believe everyone is entitled to respect regardless of their racial identity or background’

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