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‘Challenge racism against immigrants on 21 March’ says Labour MP Diane Abbott

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2443

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott MP called for a challenge to racism in the run-up to the election.

At a public meeting in north London last week, she said it was vital to join the Stand Up to Racism protests on Saturday 21 March.

Abbott complained that the Labour leadership has “embraced the myth that immigrants are responsible for low wages and job insecurity.

“A liberalised labour market, weakened trade unions and predatory employers cause low wages.”

“The narrative about immigration doesn’t alter,” she said. “It is never wholly rational.

“Ukip is strongest in the areas with the fewest immigrants.”

She had a message for black people who bought into the anti-immigrant myths, “If you allow them to come for the eastern Europeans in the morning, they will come for you in the afternoon.” 

TUC race equality officer Wilf Sullivan told Socialist Worker why the TUC is backing the protests.

“We think it’s important in the run-up to the election that people come out and show that racism is not acceptable from any political party,” he said.

Supporters have held mobilising meetings around Britain. This weekend activists plan to leaflet stations, mosques and churches. 

Protest against Racism—Saturday 21 March.
London—assemble 12 noon outside the BBC, Portland Place.
Glasgow—assemble 10.30am, George Square.
Cardiff—assemble 11.30am, Clare Gardens, Riverside.

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