Rupa Huq reinstated as a Labour MP after racism row

Image above: Rupa Huq at the Labour Party Conference’s fringe ‘What’s Next for Labour’s Agenda on Race?’ event in 2022; Guido Fawkes

Labour reinstate Ealing Central and Acton MP into parliamentary party

Rupa Huq has been reinstated as a Labour MP, five months after she lost the whip for comments she made about Kwasi Kwarteng.

The Ealing Central and Acton MP described then-chancellor Mr Kwarteng as “superficially black”, at a Labour Party fringe event in September 2022. Labour suspended the whip, which meant she had to sit as an independent MP.

Ms Huq, who said she fully accepted the sanction, has apologised and completed anti-racism training. She made the remarks during a Q&A session at a fringe event called What’s Next for Labour’s Agenda on Race?

Ms Huq said:

“He’s superficially, he’s, a black man but again he’s got more in common… he went to Eton, he went to a very expensive prep school, all the way through top schools in the country.

“If you hear him on the Today programme you wouldn’t know he’s black.”

A recording of the event attracted cross-party condemnation, with the Labour Leader Keir Starmer and then-Conservative Party Chairman Jake Berry describing Huq’s comments as “racist”. The Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner similarly said Huq’s comments were “unacceptable”.

READ ALSO: Rupa Huq has whip suspended for ‘race’ comment

Mr Kwarteng, who had become chancellor earlier that month, was born in east London and has Ghanaian heritage.

Image: Rupa Huq in the House of Commons

Huq offers “sincere apologies” again

At the time Ms Huq tweeted an apology, saying she had offered “sincere and heartfelt apologies” to the then-Chancellor directly for her “ill-judged” comments.

Rejoining the Labour benches on Friday, she said:

“During my suspension I have reflected on the offence caused by my remarks at last year’s Labour Party Conference and I want to offer, once again, my sincere apologies to everyone affected.

“As I promised at the time, I have undertaken and completed anti-racism and bias training.

“I want to make clear that I accept fully the conclusion of the party’s inquiry and the sanction it has imposed.”

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