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Chippenham MP reveals racist abuse suffered by former staffer

Chippenham MP reveals racist abuse suffered by former staffer

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Tuesday July 12 2016

The MP for Chippenham, Michelle Donelan, has described a post-Brexit hate incident in which one of her former staffers, a British-Pakistani called Taimur, was racially abused while shopping in London.

At Prime Minister’s Questions on 29 June, Ms Donelan told the Prime Minister, David Cameron: “Yesterday, a former member of my staff was verbally abused and attacked while out shopping in London because of the colour of his skin—he is of Pakistani origin. He was chased down the road by a lady shouting about how we had voted out, and that people like him shoot others and blow people up. Will the Prime Minister reiterate the commitment he has given this morning to do everything in his power to eradicate that evil hatred, and reiterate that leaving the EU should not be used to breed racism but, in fact, the opposite—it should provide us with an opportunity to be much more international rather than just European?”

The local paper, The Gazette and Herald, notes other incidents in Chippenham since the EU referendum including an incident at the Raj Indian Restaurant in which a 38 year old man was allegedly subjected to racist abuse. The paper reports a 45 year old male has been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

Ms Donelan told the local paper “Taimur is a fantastic person and no-one deserves to be treated how he was.

“We cannot let hatred and abuse permeate our society or be deemed acceptable in any way.

“We must do everything in our power to crush discrimination of any kind.”


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