Labour is banning ‘straight white males’ from attending their ‘Young Labour’ conference in March.
The event titled ‘Young Labour Equalities Conference’ is only open to people under the age of 27 who are or ‘self-define’ to be ‘women, LGBT+, BAME (Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic) or disabled’.
A Labour spokesman said there was “nothing new about spaces for people with protected characteristics meeting to discuss the inequalities and obstacles they face”.
“The purpose of this conference is to ensure that members from disadvantaged groups are able to elect representatives to Young Labour’s National Committee. All other positions on the committee are elected online, via a ‘one member one vote’ system.”
However, the statement/justification by the Labour spokesman didn’t seem to work.
Twitter users reacted with outrage at the racist ban.
labour the RACIST party. but as its white men they are doing this to nobody gives a shit
— wayne (@wayne8132) February 12, 2018
Labour don;t want you here , so they must not want your vote https://t.co/LemKIhpFz7
— Ex-Labour (@ossymans) February 12, 2018
Labour has banned straight white men from its conference on equality presumably because by definition they can have no interest in it. The party is already losing the female vote. Does equality now demand the loss of the male one? Good strategy.
— Alan Sked (@profsked) February 12, 2018
Does this mean that no white heterosexual men are allowed to go to Young Labour's EQUALITIES Conference? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/5zIBeqBd7u
— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) February 11, 2018
Young Labour should be ashamed of themselves. Banning white heterosexual men is an outrage. https://t.co/VpwFfcFXeL
— Henry Bolton OBE🇬🇧 (@_HenryBolton) February 12, 2018
“This is yet another example of discrimination by Labour. Their lazy assumption that straight white men can’t fight for equality is shocking” – @JamesCleverly on latest Labour race row: https://t.co/LFZyQhOhdn
— Alex Wickham (@WikiGuido) February 11, 2018
(Supplementary question for straight white men who are Labour voters: Why are you putting your support behind people who don't want you?)
— Jack Montgomery ن (@JackBMontgomery) February 12, 2018
What do you think about the ban?