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The Independent

Labour MP apologises for calling Kwasi Kwarteng ‘superficially’ black after suspension



The MP suspended by Labour for calling Kwasi Kwarteng “superficially” black has apologised to the chancellor.

Rupa Huq supplied “honest and heartfelt apologies” for what she known as her “ill-judged” feedback, at a fringe assembly at Labour’s convention.

The Ealing Central and Acton MP initially defended her remarks, wherein she mentioned, of the rich, Eton-educated Mr Kwarteng, “you wouldn’t know he’s black”.

However she has backtracked after Conservative MPs condemned them as “racist” and Keir Starmer eliminated the occasion whip from her.

Nonetheless, Labour is prone to proceed the suspension pending an investigation into the total circumstances of what Ms Huq mentioned.

The feedback had been condemned by Ed Miliband, the shadow local weather change secretary, who mentioned: “There’s completely no place for these sort of feedback in our politics

“The occasion should determine what it does when it comes to her and her future. These feedback are reprehensible and terrible.”

Ms Huq tweeted: “I’ve at the moment contacted Kwasi Kwarteng to supply my honest and heartfelt apologies for the feedback I made at yesterday’s Labour convention fringe assembly.

“My feedback had been ill-judged and I wholeheartedly apologise to anybody affected.”

The controversy is a uncommon second of disruption of a Labour convention that has in any other case run easily for Sir Keir, amid Tory turmoil over financial coverage.

The previous shadow Residence Workplace minister spoke at an occasion, on Monday, hosted by British Future and the Black Fairness Organisation and in addition attended by the occasion’s chair, Anneliese Dodds.

On a brief recording, obtained by the Guido Fawkes web site, she might be heard saying: “I’m sorry if I used to be not making myself understood clearly. He superficially is a black man.”

She mentioned Mr Kwarteng went to “the highest colleges within the nation” and added: “If you happen to hear him on the Right now programme, you wouldn’t know he’s black.”

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