We reported a few days ago that the shadow home secretary and Labour MP Diane Abbott spoke at a Labour fringe event to say that there should be ‘all-black candidate shortlists’ for certain elections to increase the representation of ethnic minorities in the House of Commons.
One of our readers has been in touch, and he feels that just making this statement may be encouraging an illegal act to take place.
While anything legal of this nature will always be subject to a great deal of debate and interpretation, he feels that there would be a ‘clear case’ because of other legal cases that have occurred in the past.
It is important to point out here that while it probably wouldn’t be illegal to make the statement itself, he feels that equality laws would be broken if the Labour Party went ahead and implemented her ideas.
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In the article “Diane Abbott just said she wants to BAN WHITE CANDIDATES from standing in certain election,” I feel it is of some crucial importance that the article be updated to stipulate that if Labour does as Diane Abbott suggests, the Labor Party would be in federal violation of the UK Equality Act of 2010.
Chapter 2 Prohibited conduct, Section 13 Direct discrimination, Sub sections 1 and 5.
“(1)A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if, because of a protected characteristic, A treats B less favourably than A treats or would treat others.”
“(5)If the protected characteristic is race, less favourable treatment includes segregating B from others.”
All of this presumably would open another whole legal can of worms, as many would argue that if Labour were to be found guilty of breaking equality laws, those investigating may pinpoint statements like Diane Abbott’s as being the root cause of encouraging this illegal behaviour.
At the very least, it would be classed as irresponsible.
It’s well-worth considering how it would be treated if it were the other way around, such as a demand for all-white candidates.
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