Outrage because the Labor MP says Rishi Sunak as prime minister “is not a victory for the Asian representation”

Nadia Whittome deleted a tweet saying: “Rishi Sunak as prime minister is not a victory for the Asian representation” – Ollie Millington / Getty Images

A Labor MP said Rishi Sunak’s election as prime minister is not “a victory for the Asian representation” because he is a multimillionaire who has overseen the decline in the UK’s standard of living.

Nadia Whittome, a Nottingham MP who is a member of the Left Socialist Campaign Group, sparked outrage after saying that Mr. Sunak “was not on your side” as British Prime Minister for Asian Heritage.

The tweet in which she made the request was deleted on Monday after Ms. Whittome was contacted by job headquarters and asked to remove it.

Ms. Whittome, whose parents are Indian, also attacked Mr. Sunak and his wife for their family’s wealth, which she claimed was “double the estimated wealth of King Charles III.”

“Rishi Sunak as prime minister is not a victory for the Asian representation,” it read before being removed.

“He’s a multimillionaire who, as chancellor, cut taxes on banks’ profits while overseeing the biggest drop in living standards since 1956.

“Black, white or Asian: if you work for a living, he’s not on your side.”

Angela Rayner, Labor deputy leader, welcomed Sunak’s appointment and said that as a “Manchester working class girl” it was “really important … that people see themselves within our top politicians. level”.

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Mr. Sunak is a practicing Hindu and takes an oath on the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit text.

He was born in 1980 in Southampton to parents of Punjabi origin. His grandparents were born in India and emigrated to the UK from East Africa in the 1960s.

On Monday Zarah Sultana, another left-wing Labor MP, called Sunak a “total and utter fraud” because he supported the government’s policy of trying asylum seekers in Rwanda.

“This shows once again the limitations of representation policy,” he said in a video for Double Down News.

“Having black and brown people at the top does not mean that the life of black and brown people in the UK and around the world will be better.

“In fact, they have gotten worse. The Tories are the one percent party and will always make the one percent offer. “

The MP’s comments come after Rupa Huq, the Labor MP from Ealing, suspended the Labor whip after she told a hearing at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool last month that Kwasi Kwarteng was “superficially” black and “you wouldn’t know. that is black ”listening to it on the radio.

Ms. Huq has since apologized for her comments, which have been condemned by Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer as “racists”.

In a hint of attacks to follow, the Liberal Democrats appeared to criticize Mr. Sunak for his wealth.

Sir Ed Davey, the party leader, said:

He added: “Rishi Sunak has proven time and time again that he does not understand the challenges facing families and retirees in difficulty, whether it is paying the heating bills this winter or waiting weeks to see a family doctor or a dentist “.

Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the SNP, said:

Nadia Whittome’s office was contacted for comment.

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