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Parliamentary Commissioner for standards refuses action against Afriphobia

By The Ligali Organisation | Wed 11 October 2017

Anne Marie Morris Afriphobic outburst made national news

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards rules not to investigate a racist MP and chooses not to advocate that the Speaker of the house challenges use of the [n word] as “Un-parliamentary language”.


In July 2017, The Afriphobic attitude of many British politicians became national news when Conservative MP, Anne Marie Morris was recorded using the [n word] in a public debate about Brexit.

However whilst PM Theresa May withdrew the whip from her colleague, the Conservative MP for Newton Abbot, there was much debate over the inability of racist MP’s to be ‘fired’ – especially when the section of the electorate that they offend is from a minority community who cannot vote her out if the region they reside in has an ethnic majority who chose otherwise.

Ligali made a formal complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. They responded on 14 August 2017 making it clear that they had chosen not to take any action. Kathryn Hudson said “I am not persuaded that the (sic) Anne Marie Morris’s language reflects either on the house as a whole or on other MP’s generally. Any adverse impact of her words is primarily on her own reputation.”

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards rules not to investigate a racist MP


No remit to consider un-parliamentary language

This incredulous ruling suggests there are no words that any MP could ever utter that would tarnish or diminish the reputation of the House or other MP’s.

Hudson continued by stating “I have no remit to consider” and thus was unprepared to contact the Speaker of the house, even informally to suggest they consider the [n word] as un-parliamentary language. Her final suggestion simply stated that the electorate could vote Morris out of office or complainants could wait for the police to investigate the MP and hope it leads to a prosecution in the courts.


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This incredulous ruling suggests there are no words that any MP could ever utter that would tarnish or diminish the reputation of the House or other MP’s.

Toyin Agbetu, Ligali

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