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Priti Patel: Labour MPs’ gaslighting attack won’t silence me

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The Home Secretary accused Labour MPs of “dismissing the contributions of those who don’t conform to their view of how ethnic minorities should behave”. A group of 32 Labour MPs wrote to her on Thursday saying she should consider the impact she had on black communities when she refuted criticism over her comments on Black Lives Matter protests. Ms Patel tweeted yesterday: “Sad to have just received this letter.

“I will not be silenced by Labour MPs who continue to dismiss the contributions of those who don’t conform to their view of how ethnic minorities should behave.”

Labour members led by Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, said Ms Patel was not “an authority on all forms of racism”.

They added they wrote as ethnic minority Labour MPs “to highlight our dismay at the way you used your heritage and experiences of racism to gaslight the very real racism faced by black people and communities across the UK”.

Veterans minister Johnny Mercer tweeted: “Extraordinary to accuse Priti of gaslighting her discriminatory experiences. I thought her contributions extremely powerful; order to advance her career”. The Home Secretary continued: “So, when it comes to racism, sexism, tolerance for social justice, I will not take lectures from the other side of the House.”

Ms Patel was backed by fellow BAME Tory MP James Cleverly who tweeted: “BAME Labour MPs tell Priti Patel to stop disagreeing with them. They champion diversity of race in politics but not diversity of option.”

The Home Secretary has pledged justice for the “lawless minority of protesters” who turned violent.

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