Former Boris Johnson adviser in searing attack on Theresa May over race relations

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A former adviser to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson today launched a searing attack on Theresa May’s pledge to expose “difficult truths” about racial discrimination in Britain.

Munira Mirza accused Downing Street of being “desperate” for an issue to showcase the Prime Minister as being socially compassionate.

Writing in the Spectator magazine, the ex-Deputy Mayor of London claimed that an audit commissioned by Mrs May of racial disparities in health, schools, jobs and public  services was being prepared to suit a “predetermined agenda”.

She added: “The Prime Minister is desperate for a dramatic announcement to tick her ‘burning injustices’ box and reset her administration (for ‘nasty party’ read ‘nasty country’). 

“When she announced the audit last August, Mrs May dropped any pretence that she would wait to see the actual evidence by promising that it would ‘reveal difficult truths’.” Oldham-born Ms Mirza was Deputy Mayor in charge of education and culture at City Hall.

Mrs May launched the racial audit last year to “shine a light on injustices.” Ms Mirza also criticised last week’s report by black Labour MP David Lammy on  the disproportionate black and minority ethnic population in UK prisons and said blaming bias in the justice system was “wrong-headed”. Mr Lammy said she was  “unique in her inexperience on the subject.”


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