Shadow Minister Calls for Labour to Probe Allegations of Jess Phillips' 'Racism
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Shadow Minister Calls for Labour to Probe Allegations of Jess Phillips' 'Racism

2 July 2023
2 min.
Shadow Minister Calls for Labour to Probe Allegations of Jess Phillips' 'Racism

Labour Party Scandal

Serious allegations of racist and bullying behavior have been made against Labour MP Jess Phillips, warranting an urgent investigation. Bridget Phillipson, the shadow education secretary, stresses the need for a fair inquiry while expressing her belief that Phillips is not racist.

Accusations and Background

Katharine Birbalsingh, the esteemed headteacher of the Michaela community school, has lodged a complaint against Jess Phillips, citing her involvement in instigating a social media mob against her. Taking the matter to the parliamentary commissioner for standards, Birbalsingh states that Phillips deliberately questioned her competence as a headteacher and the safeguarding policies at her school.

The incident arose inadvertently when Birbalsingh tweeted a picture of Tina Turner alongside her abusive former husband, triggering criticism.

Alleged Motivation and Concerns

Birbalsingh asserts that Phillips' intense and unprovoked hostility towards her stems from racial bias. She suggests that Phillips harbors prejudice against individuals who do not conform to left-wing views, specifically people of color in public life. This behavior, according to Birbalsingh, exemplifies "unconscious bias" and perpetuates the belief that those who deviate from left-wing ideologies are deserving of contempt.

Demand for Action

Katharine Birbalsingh emphasizes that Phillips' conduct has not only brought disrepute upon herself but also tarnished the reputation of the Labour Party. Urging Keir Starmer, the party leader, to intervene, she seeks assurances that unwarranted abuse and baseless attacks on her school will not be tolerated. Birbalsingh stresses the need for accountability regardless of political differences and calls for immediate action to rectify the situation.

Response from Labour Party

In response to the accusations, Bridget Phillipson urges individuals with concerns about an MP's conduct to utilize the appropriate complaint processes within the Labour Party. She reiterates the importance of adhering to the party's code of conduct and emphasizes the availability of thorough investigations to address any grievances.

Phillipson underscores that no member, including MPs, should be exempt from scrutiny and accountability.

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