According to a survey, the majority of Black, Asian and minority (BAME) ethnic parliamentarians suffered racism in Westminster.
ITV News sent a survey to all 65 BAME MPs, with 62% of 37 respondents indicating that they faced racism or racial profiling while on parliamentary ownership, with just over half (51%) of respondents he said he had suffered racism or racial profiling from fellow parliamentarians.
Surveys conducted by the broadcaster also found that 92% of respondents said that their ethnicity made it more difficult for them to become deputies and 83% said that it had made their deputy job more difficult.
A majority (81%) of respondents – made up of parliamentarians from across the political spectrum – also said they had experienced racism from the public.
It comes after two new black MPs talked about being mistaken for other politicians and members of parliamentary staff in their first weeks of work in Westminster.
Abena Oppong-Asare, Member of Parliament for Erith and Thamesmead, said that a conservative Member of Parliament who saw her outside the House of Commons put her purse in her hand and asked her to deal with it, without realizing that she was also an MP .
He tweeted about his experiences including being mistaken for other MPs.
Her colleague Florence Eshalomi, newly elected deputy for Vauxhall, replacing Kate Hoey, wrote to her online: “Girl, I also got confused with another black member of Parliament while we were leaving the voting room … I must admit that she was by a fellow Labor MP.
“I guess we all need to wear the huge right name labels.”
Dawn Butler, who is currently the deputy leader of Labor, previously said she was being mistaken for other people.
She told ITV that she was once escorted out of Parliament’s tea room by the police.
Butler said, “A police officer came to physically escort me out of the members’ tea room, even though he was told I was a member of Parliament. He later sent me a written apology.”
Labor MP Tulip Siddiq said she told a colleague that she was pregnant and was surprised that she had a girlfriend, as the individual involved believed that Asians were more likely to abort girls.
Siddiq said, “Speaking to a colleague of mine, she looked at me in amazement and said, ‘You know you have a girlfriend because they don’t normally tell people of Asian descent that they’re having a girlfriend because you know, then the Asians decide … “I looked at her and I couldn’t believe what she was saying.”
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, who has Palestinian origins, said the offensive comments are “offensive and horrible”.
“Whenever I mention something to do with my background or my ethnicity that comes back and you immediately get that torrent of people who want to take you down,” said Moran.
“Comments on how to get home come to me very much. It’s really painful and horrible. You learn to wear an armored jacket so you don’t listen to it. I have the right to be here like anyone else.”
Labor’s Afzal Khan also highlighted the abuse he receives on social media platforms.
He said, “You get a lot of tweets that say,” You’re drumming on Muslims. There is a simple solution, go back to Pakistan … “Now there is a license to challenge people’s right to be here. For over 50 years -I have been here, this is my country, all I have , all I want to return is in this country. “
Another MP, who chose to speak anonymously, said he was spitted on the street because of their religious beliefs.
In response to the ITV News report, a spokesman for the House of Commons said: “It is unacceptable that some MPs have suffered racism and we are particularly concerned about hearing cases that have occurred in the parliamentary estate.
“We are committed to taking all necessary measures to ensure that this does not happen in the future.”