Labour has defended its decision to ban straight, white, able-bodied men from its equalities conference, just weeks after the party was found guilty of unlawful discrimination in a separate race row.
A letter issued by Young Labour inviting supporters to apply for tickets states that the one-day conference in March is open only to under-27s who “self-define” as women, BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic), LGBT, or disabled.
While Conservative MPs slammed the move, 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.”
Labour have done it again ! White male heterosexuals banned from their Equalities conference. You could not make it up ! pic.twitter.com/4mMJPdj9Rg
— Andrew Bridgen (@ABridgen) February 11, 2018
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said the incident indicates that the socialist party was “no longer about equality or fighting discrimination”, adding Labour has “been entirely taken over by identity politics and specific groups of activists”.
Tory deputy chairman James Cleverly echoed the North West Leicestershire MP’s comments, telling The 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.”
After the 'cheaper tickets for BME' fiasco a few weeks ago @UKLabour @YoungLabourUK now saying no straight white men allowed at their Equalities Conference! Doesn't sound too equal to me! #LabourFail pic.twitter.com/pyKheHqrPX
— Ben Bradley MP (@bbradleymp) February 11, 2018
Will no-one think of the straight white men?!!?11 😒
This is a conference to elect the BAME, disabled, LGBT and Women's Officers. If you don't fall into any of those categories, what would be the point in attending? Cool it with the faux outrage and get a hobby pal. https://t.co/k6Qdms9dbq
— Young Labour Women (@YoungLabWomen) February 11, 2018
After Conservative MP Ben Bradley took to Twitter to decry the policy, an account representing Young Labour Women mocked the Mansfield parliamentarian in a tweet asking sarcastically, “Will no-one think of the straight white men?!!?11”
Last month the party 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.
— EHRC (@EHRC) January 23, 2018
As Breitbart London previously reported, Leicestershire Police declined to investigate Labour’s anti-white price structure despite thousands of people contacting the force to point out UK equalities legislation appears to outlaw providing goods, facilities, or services on different terms on the basis of ethnicity.
The perceived indifference of Leicestershire Police to the case prompted social media users to speak out against what they presumed to be double standards, suggesting authorities would have come down hard on any event which offered favourable pricing to white people.
Question for @MetPoliceUK and the @EHRC: If it was “unlawful” for @UKLabour to charge white people extra to attend a @JeremyCorbyn rally in Loughborough, surely excluding straight white men from events in London entirely shouldn't be allowed…? pic.twitter.com/i9FKiyOcds
— Jack Montgomery ن (@JackBMontgomery) February 12, 2018