The Labour Party has withdrawn an offer where members of the BAME community were given discounts to a party event. The police also confirmed that they had looked into the matter but that there was no recordable crime that would justify a further investigation.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission said in a statement:
“Charging people different rates because of their race is unlawful discrimination unless it can be shown that this is a proportionate way of addressing low levels of participation. We will be writing to the Labour Party to ask them for their justification for this policy”.
Labour BAME said in a statement:
“As an affiliate organisation within the Labour Party, we support any action that aims to increase BAME membership engagement and support the East Midland’s Regional Board’s decision to subsidise part of the cost of this year’s conference pass for BAME members”.