Leicestershire Police have declined to investigate the Labour Party singling out white people to pay extra to attend a Jeremy Corbyn rally in Loughborough.
Breitbart London reported on January 21st that the left-wing opposition party’s East Midlands Regional Board had decided to charge black and ethnic minority attendees £30 to attend, while white people would be singled out for a higher price of £40.
The move attracted heavy criticism, with Tory MP Andrew Bridgen saying it showcased Labour’s “contempt for the white working class” — the very group Labour was founded to stand up for, and which currently suffers from the worst life outcomes of any demographic in the country, as the party’s Shadow Education Minister Angela Rayner recently admitted.
Thousands of people contacted Leicestershire Police, the force responsible for Loughborough, via email and Twitter, to ask them to investigate the charge, as Britain’s equality and race relations legislation appear to outlaw providing goods, facilities, or services on less favourable terms or conditions to someone based on their race.
On Sunday the 21st of January, the force told Breitbart London they were “aware of [the situation] and we are looking into it” and assigned an incident number — 303 21/01/2018 — but declined to respond to any members of the public on social media until the following day.
“We are aware of concerns raised regarding admission prices at a Labour Party conference held in Leicestershire next month & we would advise anyone who feels that the Equality Act may have been breached to contact the @EHRC [Equality and Human Rights Commission],” they tweeted — effectively confirming that they have no interest in pursuing the matter themselves.
We are aware of concerns raised regarding admission prices at a Labour Party conference held in Leicestershire next month & we would advise anyone who feels that the Equality Act may have been breached to contact the @EHRC.
— LeicestershirePolice (@leicspolice) January 22, 2018
A statutory non-departmental public body established by the Equality Act 2006, the Equality and Human Rights Commision says its role is to “use our unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights”.
However, they “do not get involved in every issue or dispute”, only using their enforcement powers “when it is the best way to achieve change” — and they have yet to make any public comment on Labour’s anti-white price policy, despite a plethora of public representations.
An evasive response to a Freedom of Information request asking whose responsibility it is to enforce the Equality Act in 2010 appeared to suggest that the EHRC believes that, for the most part, it is up to ordinary members of the public to launch court cases if they feel they have been discriminated against, with the Commission only enforcing the law at its own discretion.
Many social media users have criticised both Leicestershire Police and the EHRC for their apparent indifference to the case, suggesting there is no question that they would have acted rapidly and forcefully if a major political party was attempting to charge any other racial or ethnic group higher prices to attend events.