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The senior Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of raping a House of Commons researcher has had his bail lifted, Scotland Yard said last night.

But the MP remains under investigation for assault, sexual assault and rape – with the inquiries being undertaken by the Metropolitan Police’s Complex Case Team.

In a statement, the Met said: ‘A man in his 50s was arrested on Saturday, 1st August 2020, on suspicion of rape, sexual assaults by penetration and touching and assault. 

The senior Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of raping a House of Commons researcher has had his bail lifted, Scotland Yard said last night

The senior Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of raping a House of Commons researcher has had his bail lifted, Scotland Yard said last night

The senior Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of raping a House of Commons researcher has had his bail lifted, Scotland Yard said last night

‘He has now been released [from his bail] under investigation.’

There were reports that the move meant the MP was free to return to Westminster. 

But Commons sources insisted he had only ever voluntarily offered not to attend Parliament while the investigation was on-going.

The Mail on Sunday revealed in August that the parliamentarian – who cannot be named for legal reasons – had been arrested over allegations of sexual offences and assault.

The Conservative Party has been criticised for not suspending the MP in question but Chief Whip Mark Spencer has warned it could identify the complainant.

Labour’s Jess Phillips has said this is wrong and would not be allowed if a similar allegation had been made against a teacher.

The Conservative Party has been criticised for not suspending the MP in question but Chief Whip Mark Spencer (pictured) has warned it could identify the complainant

The Conservative Party has been criticised for not suspending the MP in question but Chief Whip Mark Spencer (pictured) has warned it could identify the complainant

The Conservative Party has been criticised for not suspending the MP in question but Chief Whip Mark Spencer (pictured) has warned it could identify the complainant

The alleged victim, in her 20s, claims she required hospital treatment after one alleged assault.

The offences are alleged to have occurred at addresses in the London boroughs of Westminster, Lambeth and Hackney between July 2019 and January 2020.

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Britain’s Top Woodworker is AXED by Sky after viewers spotted ‘Nazi’ tattoos on contestant’s face

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Sky History has axed its new show The Chop after viewers spotted that a contestant appeared to have various ‘Nazi tattoos’ on his face. 

The Chop: Britain’s Top Woodworker, featuring comedian Lee Mack, invites carpenters to test out their skills to be crowned Britain’s best. 

The channel yesterday tweeted a trailer in which Mack introduces contestant Darren Lumsden, with the title: ‘Meet the Woodman, the Bloke-With-All-The-Tattoos or Darren as we like to call him’.

Some viewers were quick to single out one of his tattoos – a prominent ’88’ on his cheek – which they took as a right-wing symbol.

They said the number 88 in white nationalist or neo-Nazi circles can be used as a code to represent ‘Heil Hitler’, because ‘H’ is the 8th letter of the alphabet.

Father-of-two Darren Lumsden from Bristol, pictured, is competing on Sky History's new show The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker. However, a trailer for the show featuring Darren sparked protests when some viewers suggested the '88' on his face was a 'neo Nazi tattoo'

Father-of-two Darren Lumsden from Bristol, pictured, is competing on Sky History's new show The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker. However, a trailer for the show featuring Darren sparked protests when some viewers suggested the '88' on his face was a 'neo Nazi tattoo'

Father-of-two Darren Lumsden from Bristol, pictured, is competing on Sky History’s new show The Chop: Britain’s Top Woodworker. However, a trailer for the show featuring Darren sparked protests when some viewers suggested the ’88’ on his face was a ‘neo Nazi tattoo’

Viewers also spotted a number of other potential white supremacy symbols on Darren’s skin, including 23 and 16 inked at his temples, allegedly representing the numerical equivalent of ‘white power’. 

He was also accused of having a sig rune symbol – used by Nazis to symbolise victory and often mistaken as a lightning bolt – on the right side of his nose, and a number 14 on his scalp which can represent ’14 words’, a slogan coined by white supremacist terrorist David Lane.

However before announcing that they would not be broadcasting the show, the channel defended Darren’s tattoos, claiming that ‘1988 is the year of his father’s death’ and that the tattoos ‘have no political or ideological meaning’. 

The father-of-two, from Bristol is one of ten contestants on the now axed show, which was due to start on Thursday, and is filmed in Epping Forest. 

Darren Lumsden is seen with a prominent 88 on his cheek (circled bottom) and 23 and 16 allegedly inked at his temples representing the numerical equivalent of 'white power' (top)

Darren Lumsden is seen with a prominent 88 on his cheek (circled bottom) and 23 and 16 allegedly inked at his temples representing the numerical equivalent of 'white power' (top)

Darren Lumsden is seen with a prominent 88 on his cheek (circled bottom) and 23 and 16 allegedly inked at his temples representing the numerical equivalent of ‘white power’ (top)

Here the '16' can be seen, allegedly representing 'white power when combined with the '23' on his other temple. And the number 14 is seen (circled top) representing '14 words' a popular white supremacist slogan

Here the '16' can be seen, allegedly representing 'white power when combined with the '23' on his other temple. And the number 14 is seen (circled top) representing '14 words' a popular white supremacist slogan

Here the ’16’ can be seen, allegedly representing ‘white power when combined with the ’23’ on his other temple. And the number 14 is seen (circled top) representing ’14 words’ a popular white supremacist slogan

British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr Adam Rutherford, confirmed that he had spotted several other numerical tattoos that were likely to be white supremacy symbols.

He tweeted: ‘I spend a lot of time on white supremacy forums online, and they have dozens of really idiotic numerical codes, most of which are substitution ciphers that a 7 year old would come up with.

‘Darren appears to have these two on his face 88 = HH = Heil Hitler 23/16 = WP = White Supremacy There’s also: 18 = AH = Adolf Hitler 1488: a reference to the so-called 14 words, coined by white supremacist terrorist David Lane.’

He continued: ‘There’s also: 1/11 = AK = Aryan Knights 3/11 = 3 K = KKK 109 = the claim that Jews have been expelled from 109 nations throughout history, sometimes coupled with 110 = in the hope that the US will be the next one.’ 

During Lee Mack’s interview Mr Lumsden he commented on the amount of ink on the carpenter’s face after he introduced himself as ‘The Woodman’. 

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British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr Adam Rutherford, confirmed that he had spotted several other numerical tattoos on Darren

British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr Adam Rutherford, confirmed that he had spotted several other numerical tattoos on Darren

British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr Adam Rutherford, confirmed that he had spotted several other numerical tattoos on Darren

The comedian said: ‘If you were in my town, you wouldn’t be known as the woodman, you’d be known as the man with all the tattoos, surely they would take precedence.’ 

The interview was met with negative tweets, including one from Luke O’Riordan calling the channel ‘morons’ and asking: ‘Are you for real. The bloke has Nazi tattoos on his face ffs.’ 

Sky History said there was an innocent explanation for the number, but axed the show hours later.

Sky History tweeted: ‘Darren’s tattoos denote significant events in his life and have no political or ideological meaning whatsoever. Amongst the various numerical tattoos on his body, 1988 is the year of his father’s death. 

Sky History released a short video featuring an interview between Mr Lumsden and show host Lee Mack where viewers noticed the tattoo

Sky History released a short video featuring an interview between Mr Lumsden and show host Lee Mack where viewers noticed the tattoo

Sky History released a short video featuring an interview between Mr Lumsden and show host Lee Mack where viewers noticed the tattoo

Mr Lumsden also has the figures 23 and 16 on his temples. These figures are also often used by the far right as a coded reference to White Power

Mr Lumsden also has the figures 23 and 16 on his temples. These figures are also often used by the far right as a coded reference to White Power

Mr Lumsden also has the figures 23 and 16 on his temples. These figures are also often used by the far right as a coded reference to White Power 

‘The production team carried out extensive background checks on all the woodworkers taking part in the show, that confirmed Darren has no affiliations or links to racist groups, views or comments.

 ‘Sky HISTORY is intolerant of racism and all forms of hatred and any use of symbols or numbers is entirely incidental and not meant to cause harm or offence. ‘

They later added: ‘While we investigate the nature & meaning of Darren’s tattoos we have removed the video featuring him from our social media, & will not be broadcasting any eps of The Chop until we have concluded that investigation. Sky HISTORY stands against racism & hate speech of all kinds.’

Many people on Twitter expressed concern about Mr Lumsden's facial tattoos, including the 88 figure

Many people on Twitter expressed concern about Mr Lumsden's facial tattoos, including the 88 figure

Many people on Twitter expressed concern about Mr Lumsden’s facial tattoos, including the 88 figure

Many people noticed the link between the figure 88 and white supremacist terminology though Sky History claim there is an innocent explanation

Many people noticed the link between the figure 88 and white supremacist terminology though Sky History claim there is an innocent explanation

Many people noticed the link between the figure 88 and white supremacist terminology though Sky History claim there is an innocent explanation 

Sky History defended Mr Lumsden on Twitter claiming they have carried out extensive background checks and have found nothing to link him to any racist groups, views or comments

Sky History defended Mr Lumsden on Twitter claiming they have carried out extensive background checks and have found nothing to link him to any racist groups, views or comments

Sky History defended Mr Lumsden on Twitter claiming they have carried out extensive background checks and have found nothing to link him to any racist groups, views or comments

Sky History regularly features documentaries on the Second World War, such as Hitler’s Gold and Hitler’s Last Secrets. 

Speaking to The Bristol Post on October 15, Mr Lumsden said: ‘About 10 years ago I saw someone with facial tattoos and started to work with my tattooist on my look.

‘I have my daughter on the back of my head and my son on my cheek.

‘When some people first meet me they are a bit shocked, admittedly.

‘But they soon warm to me after a few minutes.

‘Some people ask for selfies with me. I’ve never had a negative reaction to my tattoos. They are just me.  I’ve already been stopped by people who have seen the adverts. No one went on the show to become famous.

‘But hopefully it will come across on the show that I’m a bit of a character.’ 

The Campaign Against Antisemitism expressed concern about the tattoos. 

A spokesperson for the group said: ‘Sky HISTORY has made a terrible mistake by including in ‘The Chop’ an individual adorned with what appear to be neo-Nazi tattoos without providing serious evidence to show that the tattoos mean something other than how they appear. 

‘These tattoos will be plainly visible to viewers on the show, including younger viewers, which is unacceptable. 

‘If Sky HISTORY is indeed ‘intolerant of racism’ as it claims, then it must urgently provide a credible clarification or remove the contestant from the programme.’

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Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew and a ‘topless photoshoot’ on sleazy island

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The Caribbean house party included at least seven Russian models flown out specially, a multi-millionaire financier and a British prince. ‘Jeffrey was so excited. He said: ‘We’re going to do a big photoshoot with you and the girls,’ ‘ Virginia Roberts, his teenage ‘sex slave’, recalls Jeffrey Epstein telling her.

‘We were topless, and he had us in sexual positions. Then we’re told to assemble in a big cabana. When I walked in, Andrew and Jeffrey were seated in chairs,’ she claims in a bombshell new book about Epstein and alleged fellow sex abuser Ghislaine Maxwell. She alleges that Epstein then said: ‘ ‘Why don’t you girls start kissing and having some fun!’ Jeffrey and the Prince were just sitting back, laughing.’

Ms Roberts, who would elsewhere describe the events that evening nearly 20 years ago as an ‘orgy’, says Prince Andrew was gone the next day, ‘whisked away’ by his Scotland Yard bodyguards who had spent the night aboard a small boat moored off Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Andrew has denied he had any sexual contact or relationship with Ms Roberts, telling the BBC he didn’t recollect meeting her.

Depraved love nest: Jeffrey Epstein¿s private island

Depraved love nest: Jeffrey Epstein¿s private island

Depraved love nest: Jeffrey Epstein’s private island

Now, a new book — The Spider: Inside The Criminal Web Of Jeffrey Epstein And Ghislaine Maxwell, by Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative reporter Barry Levine — provides disturbing new allegations about the Prince’s alleged relationship with Ms Roberts.

She has long insisted she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times — once in London in 2001 when she was 17, a second time two months later in New York and a third time on the island.

Levine’s book, published yesterday, also reveals new details of the alleged encounter in New York.

According to Ms Roberts, she arrived at Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion to find Prince Andrew sitting in a leather armchair in Epstein’s library. Behind him, on a desk, were nude photos of girls and young women, including one of her. ‘I don’t think Andrew could have missed seeing it when he walked in,’ she now recalls.

Maxwell, daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert, was there and had given the Prince a blow-up toy based on his Spitting Image puppet that had left Andrew ‘smiling from ear to ear — it was like a kid going to Disney World’.

She believes Andrew recognised her but couldn’t remember her name, adding that Johanna Sjoberg, a college student working as Epstein’s assistant, was sitting on his lap.

‘We kissed each other on the cheek and Ghislaine placed me on his other knee,’ she is quoted as saying in Levine’s book. ‘Ghislaine told me I should take him upstairs for a massage.’

The billionaire with Prince Andrew

The billionaire with Prince Andrew

The billionaire with Prince Andrew 

The massage room was dark and classical music was playing. Ms Roberts says she noticed a 6ft-long oil painting of her in a sexual position with another girl that hung on the wall. The Prince couldn’t have missed it and ‘I was so embarrassed,’ she says.

She gave the Prince a massage and then, ‘just as she had been taught by Epstein and Maxwell’, engaged in oral sex with him.

According to Levine, Epstein regularly made introductions on his royal friend’s behalf, including in 1999 phoning Donald Trump — a neighbour in Florida’s Palm Beach — and asking him to let Andrew play at his golf club there.

The following February, the three of them reportedly flew back to Palm Beach for a house party.

The Prince was later famously photographed, surrounded by topless women, on Epstein’s yacht in Thailand in 2001. Levine reports that Epstein once arranged for the Prince to make a midnight visit to a Miami club ‘notorious for its theme evenings that featured sadomasochistic scenes and performers in cages’.

According to the club’s ‘greeter’, Epstein phoned to warn them he was ‘sending over a friend, Andrew York, Prince Charles’s brother’.

Levine says a former friend of Epstein and Maxwell recalled a dinner party at the financier’s Manhattan house, attended by Andrew, that was packed with women ‘clearly there to be their playthings’. The same friend said Andrew and Epstein shared an ‘arrogance and lack of charm’ and ‘came across as bored billionaires trying to amuse themselves’.

The friend added: ‘I’ve been around royals enough to know how you should behave around them and how most people do, this was the opposite.

‘It was like [Epstein] wanted to prove he could do what he wanted and was so friendly with the Prince that he could speak in this way. He was like, ‘Oh, Andy, Andy.’ He kept calling him Andy. It made me really uneasy.’

A source close to the Prince was quoted as saying that the fresh claims were an ‘unsubstantiated and lurid’ attempt to sell books. Andrew has always denied knowing Roberts or having any sex with her.

The new book also sheds light on Epstein’s odd relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, who is in jail awaiting trial on criminal charges that she lured girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse. She denies the claims.

Her lawyers are expected to say at her trial that she was more of a victim of Epstein than an accomplice, although some of the women he abused insist she was the chief instigator. She faces further humiliation after a New York appeals court ruled on Monday that a 418-page deposition she gave in 2016 can be released. Her lawyers say it contains ‘intimate, sensitive, and personal details’ about her, including her sex life, that could prejudice her trial.

A string of women who say they were sexually abused by the late Epstein (who killed himself in jail as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges) claim Maxwell enthusiastically joined in the assaults.

Levine’s book says that, far from the long-held assumption that Epstein and Maxwell were once lovers, friends believe that was never true and that she is either bisexual or gay.

‘I never thought she liked guys. I don’t think she ever dated a guy,’ a former friend of Maxwell told the author. ‘I thought she was all about control.’ Epstein and Maxwell are believed to have first met in the late 1980s but became close friends after she moved to New York after her father’s death in 1991.

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, who was aged 17 at the time, pictured together in 2001

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, who was aged 17 at the time, pictured together in 2001

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, who was aged 17 at the time, pictured together in 2001 

According to Levine, Epstein filled the gulf left by her father, a similarly deeply controlling man. Maxwell made herself indispensable to the nerdy, shy and agoraphobic Epstein by organising his social life and transforming his personal style.

An entrepreneur in the same social circles said Maxwell was on first-name terms with media moguls and bankers in New York: ‘She was the best-connected person in the city. And she was an easy friend to have,’ said the source. ‘At cocktail parties, she would invariably be speaking with the most interesting people in the room. [So] you wanted to be where she was. We all did.’

Although Maxwell liked to boast she was Epstein’s girlfriend, many were struck by the asexuality of their body language, says Levine.

‘He’d put his arm around Ghislaine’s neck. It was collegial, affectionate, not a sexual act,’ a friend recalled. Another insider was never convinced that they dated. ‘It was more of a partnership,’ said the source. ‘They didn’t touch like a couple. He’d have his arm around her shoulders, not her waist.’

Yet it still paints a portrait of a relationship that was far from healthy. Christina Oxenberg, sister of Dynasty actress Catherine and a friend of Maxwell, told the writer: ‘Ghislaine was starving herself, I asked her about it. She said it’s because Jeffrey likes women thin.’

Christina went on: ‘And I could see the delusion, because she was his employee, albeit being paid very well. The more she tried to push it that she was having an affair with Jeffrey, I could see with my own eyes that that just wasn’t the case. There was no romance.’

The book provides insights, too, into Epstein’s final days in jail.

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Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and heiress, who has been arrested by the FBI accused of being sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pimp’, pictured here with Epstein

Inmates said Epstein, perhaps anxious not to be labelled a paedophile, told them he was only motivated by ‘p***y’. The financier confided to inmate Michael Tisdale: ‘You know how p***y acts, how her mood will be next month and maybe in two months — that’s the same way to look at currency.’

He also told Tisdale that although he was accused of having sex with very young girls, they were in reality ’15, 16, 17, 18 years old — not eight or nine years old!’.

He also boasted of his connections. Bill Clinton was once a ‘lothario’ but ‘can’t do anything like that now because he’s had a couple of heart surgeries’.

As for Trump, he recounted how a French girl flying with them both had said she didn’t understand the meaning of ‘white trash’. Trump reportedly told her: ‘That would be me without the money.’

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Schools that teach children that white privilege is an uncontested fact are in breach of the law, the women and equalities minister has warned.

Speaking in the Commons debate on Black History Month, Kemi Badenoch said that teaching pupils about ‘white privilege and their inherited racial guilt’ would see a ‘dangerous trend in race relations’. 

The Conservative MP warned that teaching partisan political views, such as defunding the police, without offering a balanced treatment of opposing opinions, would also be illegal.  

Her comments come as schools and universities across the UK are urged to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum and examine their courses in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. 

Ms Badenoch, who was responding to the Labour MP Dawn Butler’s calls to decolonise history, said: ‘We do not want to see teachers teaching their pupils about white privilege and their inherited racial guilt. 

‘And let me be clear, any school which teaches these elements of political race theory as fact, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law. 

Women and equalities minister Kemi Badenoch warned that teaching pupils that white privilege was fact was breaking the law

Women and equalities minister Kemi Badenoch warned that teaching pupils that white privilege was fact was breaking the law

Women and equalities minister Kemi Badenoch warned that teaching pupils that white privilege was fact was breaking the law

‘But why does this issue mean so much to me? It is not just because I’m a first generation immigrant, it is because my daughter came home from school this month and said ”we’re learning Black History Month because every other month is about white history”.

‘This is wrong and this is not what our children should be picking up. These are not the values I have taught her.’

During the Commons debate, the Tory MP called out ‘the teaching of contested political ideas as if they are accepted facts’ and ‘an ideology that sees my blackness as victimhood and their whiteness as oppression’. 

She also rebutted claims that the curriculum needed decolonising and argued that ‘making race the defining principle of what is studied is not just misguided but actively opposed to the fundamental purpose of education’. 

She told MPs: ‘Our curriculum does not need decolonising for the simple reason that it is not colonised.

‘We should not apologise for the fact that British children primarily study the history of these islands, and it goes without saying that the recent fad to decolonise maths, decolonise engineering, decolonise the sciences that we’ve seen across our universities to make race the defining principle of what is studied is not just misguided but actively opposed to the fundamental purpose of education.

‘I want to speak about a dangerous trend in race relations that has come far too close to home in my life and it is the promotion of critical race theory – an ideology that sees my blackness as victimhood and their whiteness as oppression.

‘I want to be absolutely clear: this Government stands unequivocally against critical race theory.’ 

During her speech, Ms Badenoch used a racial slur as she branded the Black Lives Matter movement ‘anti-capitalist’ and ‘political’. 

The Tory MP said schools teaching 'elements of political race theory as fact' were breaking the law

The Tory MP said schools teaching 'elements of political race theory as fact' were breaking the law

The Tory MP said schools teaching ‘elements of political race theory as fact’ were breaking the law

Her comments come as schools and universities across the UK are urged to 'decolonise' the curriculum in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement

Her comments come as schools and universities across the UK are urged to 'decolonise' the curriculum in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement

Her comments come as schools and universities across the UK are urged to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement

She told MPs: ‘Some schools have decided to openly support the anti-capitalist Black Lives Matter group – often fully aware that they have the statutory duty to be politically impartial.

‘Black lives do matter, of course they do, but we know that the Black Lives Matter movement – capital B, L, M – is political.

‘I know this, because at the height of the protest, I’ve been told of white Black Lives Matter protesters calling – and I apologise for saying this word – calling a black armed police officer guarding Downing Street a ”pet n*****”.

‘That is why we do not endorse that movement on this side of the House. 

‘It is a political movement and what would be nice would be for members on the opposite side to condemn many of the actions that we see of this political movement, instead of pretending that it is a completely wholesome anti-racist organisation.

‘There is a lot of pernicious stuff that is being pushed and we stand against that.’  

During the debate, Conservative MP for Ipswich Tom Hunt told MPs that while he agreed that individuals who harbour racist views within key organisations needed to be ‘rooted out’, people should be ‘a little bit careful’ about using the term institutional racism. 

Ms Badenoch was responding to the Labour MP Dawn Butler on the decolonising of the curriculum

Ms Badenoch was responding to the Labour MP Dawn Butler on the decolonising of the curriculum

Ms Badenoch was responding to the Labour MP Dawn Butler on the decolonising of the curriculum

Mr Hunt also criticised some of the leadership figures of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement for ‘straying into cultural Marxism’.

Mr Hunt told MPs: ‘Touching upon current issues in the media, like other honourable members, I was appalled by the death of George Floyd. I was absolutely appalled.

‘But I would say I found it slightly disappointing… I think that the vast majority of people who have gone on the protests I think are well-meaning and I agree with (Tory MP Steve Baker) that we should listen to their strength of feeling and how they feel.

‘But I do think it is unfortunate that some of the leadership figures of BLM have at times strayed beyond what should be a powerful yet simple and unified message in opposition to racism that still exists in our society, straying into cultural Marxism, the abolition of the nuclear family, defunding the police, overthrowing capitalism.

‘So in some senses, I find it quite regretful that a message and an agenda that should have been used to unify at times has been allowed to become very divisive.

‘But ultimately it is our duty to make sure the right messages are learnt from that horrific incident, and I think it needs to be one of unity and moderation and looking to improve upon the situation we have today where we know that racism still exists.’

The Ipswich MP added: ‘I’d also, looking at a petition, like to be a little bit careful about the term institutional racism.

‘Yes, I think we need to be alive for the fact that there will be individuals who harbour racist views within key institutions, whether they be schools or the police, and they need to be rooted out.

‘But I think to smear an entire organisation as being institutionally racist, again I think is incredibly unhelpful and divisive.’ 

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