CONSERVATIVES AGAINST RACISM

FOR EQUALITY

 
 

THE PLEDGE

Dear reader


We are at a most turbulent time as we face society’s reaction to racial prejudices and biases that unfortunately exist to this day. George Floyd’s killing has brought out the feelings of confusion and hurt that have lain just under the surface for so many people of colour. Right across the world, people are angry about racial injustice and societies around the world should take note of that energy, including here in the UK.

COVID -19 has highlighted the continual race and health disparities in the UK, 94% of NHS Doctors who have died are from ethnic minorities, Coronavirus is twice as lethal to black men than white men, 40% of the poorest UK households are black households, ethnic minorities account for 50% of children incarcerated in young offender's institutes, black mothers are 5 times more likely to die in childbirth than white mothers. These statistics are unacceptable.

Coronavirus has replicated and increased existing health inequalities according to Public Health England’s report Disparities in the Risk and Outcomes of COVID-19. This virus has had the greatest impact on people from ethnic minority backgrounds, those in deprived and highly-populated areas and workers with low-paid, public-facing jobs. Racial disparity amplifies the risks and impacts of this virus.

We recognise the frustration and hurt expressed over the last week and we must make sure we confront the pain of racial injustice. Conservatives Against Racism For Equality (CARFE) are pushing to address racial disparities and we are committed to tackling the injustices faced by our black community. We will play our part to repair the hurt by raising awareness of social injustice and we pledge our commitment to level-up the inequality in health, education, justice, housing and career outcomes. There are past sins of society that have been determined by skin colour and these will no longer be tolerated.


We stand with Conservatives Against Racism For Equality and all those calling to be heard. Violence and vandalism are not the answer but we must break down the barriers that stop us as Conservatives engaging meaningfully in race relations as we stand side by side with our black Britons in the fight for racial equality. We have a role to play to rid ourselves of prejudice and injustice.


We want all Conservatives to take the following pledge: 

RACISM


If we see it, 

we'll call it out. 

If we're made aware of it, 

we'll call it out. 

If we discover it, 

we'll call it out. 

It is who we are as people, not the colour of our skin that defines us.

Every day we have the opportunity to make change and we the undersigned know that we need to start now. This begins by ensuring the Government takes effective action in response to the PHE report into Coronavirus disparities and leveling up against racism. This is pivotal to make the United Kingdom a place that all of our children will be proud to call home.

Albie Amankona & Siobhan Aarons

Co-Founders - CARFE

 
 

Signatories

Rt Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP

Former Foreign Secretary

Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee

MP for South West Surrey

Rt Hon. Robert Halfon MP

Chair of the Commons Education Select Committee

MP for Harlow

Guy Opperman MP

Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion

MP for Hexham

Sir Bob Neill MP

Chair of the Justice Select Committee

MP for Bromley and Chislehurst

Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP

Former Secretary of State for International Development

MP for Sutton Coldfield

Rt Hon. Philip Dunne MP

Chairman, Environmental Audit Committee

MP for Ludlow

Stephen Hammond MP

MP for Wimbledon

Sally-Ann Hart MP

MP for Hastings and Rye

Stephen Metcalfe MP

MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock

Tim Loughton MP

MP for East Worthing and Shoreham

Dr. Daniel Poulter MP

MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Robert Largan MP

MP for High Peak

Duncan Baker MP

MP for North Norfolk

Cllr David Simmonds CBE MP

MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Peter Gibson MP

MP for Darlington

David Davies MP

MP for Monmouth

Henry Smith MP

MP for Crawley

Andrew Boff

Leader of the Conservative Party in the London Assembly

Peter Smallwood

Deputy Chairman of London Conservatives

Cllr Paul Seeby

Broxbourne Council

Cllr Alexander Curtis

Mayor of Ware

Cllr Rich Michalowski

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Cllr Bradley Thomas

Leader of Wychavon District Council

Cllr Wayne Daley

Deputy Leader Northumberland County Council

Cllr Russell Perrin

Shadow Portfolio Holder for Resources Harlow Council

Cllr Barry Flux

Northumberland County Council

Mark Findell

Chairman Bermondsey and Old Southwark Conservatives

Owen Meredith

National Chairman of the Tory Reform Group

Kanwal Toor 

Chair Conservative Women's Organisation Diversity​

Cllr Gio Spinella

Camden Council

Cllr Clare De Silva

Enfield Council

Conservative Party Members & Supporters

Connor Wallace

Jamie Middleton

Patrick Lohlein

Miles Bennington​

Bailey Nash-Gardner

Lucy Ockendon

Emily Nearn

Emma Foss Sims

Rachel Turner

Theo Mirfin

Edward Bickham

Mark Tughan

Barbara Thomson

Daniel Humphreys

Douglas Pullen

Joshua Godfrey

Jim Little

Mario Creatura

Scott Smith

Mia Cohen

Noa Cohen

Andrew Baker

Hannah Ginnett

Garvan Walshe

Sarah Fletcher

James Baker

Joanna Laban

Claudia Cretella

Omeet Atara

Kyle Morrison
Carol Jackson-Doerge

Michael Hardware

Flora Coleman

 

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