The Labor MP was overheard calling Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng “superficially” black

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer faces calls to suspend MP Rupa Huq after she called Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng “superficially” black.

In an audio posted online, Ms Huq can be heard talking about his elite school background, before adding that “you don’t know he’s black” when you hear him on the radio.

The comments from the MP for Ealing Central and Acton in west London appeared to have been made at a side event at the Labor conference in Liverpool on Monday.

Earlier this month, Mr Kwarteng became Britain’s first black chancellor.

Ms. Huq was heard on the audio saying: “On the surface he is a black man.

“He went to Eton, I think, he went to a very expensive prep school, all the way through the best schools in the country.

“If you heard him on the Today programme, you wouldn’t know he was black.”

Tory Party leader Jake Berry expressed his “grave concerns” in a letter to Sir Keir, with the audio released on Guido Fawkes’ website just ahead of his conference speech.

“I trust you will join me in unequivocally condemning these comments as nothing short of racist and that the Labor whip will be withdrawn from Rupa Huq as a consequence,” he wrote.

Mr Berry said Sunder Katwala, who chaired the event for organizations British Future and Black Equity, was forced to question her statements.

According to the Tory MP, Mr Katwala said the Chancellor’s Conservative views make him “not black… and I think the Labor Party needs to be really careful”.

In a tweet, Mr Katwala said Labor leader Anneliese Dodds was no longer at the meeting when the criticized comments were made.

Ms Huq and the Labor Party were asked to comment.

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Mike Fahey

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