Rupa Huq, a British Member of Parliament (MP) from the Labour Party, has been suspended by her organization for allegedly making racist remarks about Kwasi Kwarteng, a British-born Ghanaian MP who was just named the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister).
In the meantime, the party has suspended Rupa Huq for calling Kwasi Kwarteng a “superficially” black man, according to news.sky.com.
According to the story, the suspended MP said the chancellor was a racist in an audio clip that was published online by the Guido Fawkes website.
“Superficially he is a black man. He went to Eton, I think, he went to a very expensive prep school, all the way through, the top schools in the country.
“If you hear him on the Today programme, you wouldn’t know he is black,” Rupa Huq was quoted to have said by news.sky.com.
The Labour Party urged the MP to apologize after denouncing her comments.
Rupa Huq claimed in a social media post that she had spoken with the UK finance minister to personally apologize to him for her remarks.
“I have today contacted Kwasi Kwarteng to offer my sincere and heartfelt apologies for the comments I made at yesterday’s Labour conference fringe meeting.
“My comments were ill-judged and I wholeheartedly apologize to anyone affected,” the post she shared read.
Background on Kwesi Kwarteng:
Following his nomination by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss on September 6, 2022, Kwasi Kwarteng became the first black person to hold the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) in the United Kingdom.
Akwasi Addo Alfred Kwarteng was born in May 1975 in Waltham Forest, East London, to Ghanaian parents Alfred and Charlotte, who had both come to the country as students a decade earlier.
His parents, who later each became an international economist and a lawyer, enrolled him in a pricey elite prep school that had a long history of producing Cabinet-level politicians. Later, he studied at the renowned Eton college, which produced notable British politicians like David Cameron and Boris Johnson.
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