Bridgen: Labour ‘Completely Taken Over By Identity Politics’.
Unsurprisingly, Labour has come under heavy fire following the revelation that if your a straight, white male you are effectively banned from Young Labour’s so-called ‘equalities’ conference. The flyer for the event, to take place next month, states that to be eligible to attend you must ‘self-define’, as being BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic), Disabled, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) or a woman.
Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, Andrew Bridgen, said that it showed that Labour was “no longer about equality or fighting discrimination”, adding Labour has “been entirely taken over by identity politics and specific groups of activists”.
Other Conservatives joined in the criticism, Deputy Chairman, James Cleverly told the Daily Telegraph:
This is yet another example of discrimination by Labour. Their lazy assumption that straight white men can’t fight for equality is shocking.
It is essential that political parties represent each and every person irrespective of race, sexuality or age. The Labour Party should take action now to ensure that this discrimination comes to an end.
Last month Labour was forced to back away from ticket pricing which charged white Labour activists and supporters £10 more than people with BAME backgrounds, after the Equality and Human Rights Commission (ECHR) judged the racial surcharge to be unlawful. It has also been embroiled in a series of scandals exposing widespread anti-Semitic attitudes within the Party.