đŸŽ„ Question on the Equalities Minister

Yesterday in Parliament, Jason joined the Equalities Minister in condemning the horrific murder of George Floyd #BlackLivesMatter 

Jason McCartney MP

I join the Minister in her utter condemnation of the horrific murder of George Floyd. Black lives do matter!

Does the Minister agree that the UK should be very proud of the huge contribution BAME workers have made during this crisis, both as key workers and in the health service?

With that in mind, following this review, will she say once again what immediate action she is taking to address these disparities?

Kemi Badenoch MP

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. In a time of crisis and great worry for many of us, it has been heartening to see different communities working together hand in hand and people acknowledging the huge contributions people from BME backgrounds have made to this country?

As I have said, however, we must take the right action; we must not rush into doing the things people are asking for if it turns out they are the wrong steps to take but look right.

It is not about optics; it is about doing the right thing, and that is why we are not rushing.

We will have a proper programme. We will look at all the studies that have come out, not just the Public Health England one, and produce an appropriate set of recommendations that have the confidence of various communities.