A Conservative MP has blamed immigrants, Muslims and ethnic minorities for a brand new spike in coronavirus circumstances.
Craig Whittaker, MP for the Calder Valley, stated the “overwhelming majority” of individuals breaking social distancing guidelines have been from the BAME group and that minorities weren’t taking the pandemic critically.
His constituency is among the areas throughout the North of England the place the federal government has imposed new restrictions on family gatherings amid a surge in circumstances.
“Should you take a look at the areas the place we have seen rises and circumstances, the overwhelming majority – however not by any stretch of the creativeness all areas – it’s the BAME communities that aren’t taking this critically sufficient,” he informed LBC radio.
“I have been difficult our native leaders for 3 weeks, asking what we’re doing to focus on these areas to let folks know that this can be a very significant issue. Till folks take it critically, we’re not going to eliminate this pandemic.”
Holly Lynch, the Labour MP for Halifax, stated the claims the MP had made have been “merely not true”.
“I communicate to my native BAME group day by day. We’re all packed seashores, mass soccer celebrations and extreme ingesting on nights out with despair,” she stated.
Labour MP Margaret Hodge stated Mr Whittaker’s feedback have been “a wholly unsubstantiated declare”.
“Tory MPs appear to be obsessive about passing the buck. Blaming Europe, care properties and now minority communities for this disaster,” she stated.
“Maybe mirror upon the quite a few and colossal errors made by this authorities earlier than finger pointing!”
Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock earlier this week urged a second wave of the virus would possibly changing into from Europe, although the UK has been the worst hit nation by the pandemic on the continent.
Clarifying that he was referring to the “immigrant and Asian inhabitants” Mr Whittaker additionally informed the radio station: “We’ve areas of excessive a number of occupancy – when you’ve gotten a number of households dwelling in a single family. It would not particularly need to be within the Asian group, however that’s the largest proportion.
“Have a look at the areas. You have bought Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees. Bradford and Kirklees have two of the most important populations in West Yorkshire.”
The federal government’s imposition of recent social distancing measures got here a day forward of Eid, an essential Muslim pageant typically marked by household gatherings. Well being Secretary Matt Hancock stated on Friday morning that the pageant was not intentionally focused.