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MP who made 'token ghetto boy' comment will face no action

ANGER: Shaun Bailey

KENSINGTON MP Emma Dent Coad will not face disciplinary action from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after comments she made about Conservative London Assembly Member Shaun Bailey.

Coad referred to Bailey as a "token ghetto boy".
Bailey described the post as a "hate-filled, racist article" after it emerged last week.

Coad has since apologised but Bailey dismissed the apology as a "cowardly response" and wrote to Corbyn demanding "the strongest disciplinary action possible".

The demands were echoed by Tory MPs James Cleverly and Kemi Badenoch, who also sent a letter to the Labour leader asking whether he will condemn Ms Dent Coad and suspend her pending an investigation.

However Dent Coad insisted he is "not going to withdraw the whip" from Dent Coad, who was elected to Parliament in June.

"I will obviously ensure people discuss the use of language with people," the Labour leader added. "I will make sure everyone treats others with respect."


APOLOGY: Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad

In the blog post, Dent Coad claimed Bailey - who was standing as a Conservative parliamentary candidate in Hammersmith at the time - had stigmatised the area by referring to it as a "ghetto".

She wrote: "Who can say where this man will ever fit in, however hard he tries? One day he is the 'token ghetto boy' standing behind D Cameron, the next 'looking interested' beside G Osborne. Ever felt used?"

Dent Coad offered an apology to Bailey, telling the BBC: "If he was offended by me repeating what other people have said then I do apologise. Clearly, I shouldn't have repeated it. People have taken it the wrong way."

But, criticising Dent Coad's response, Bailey accused her of attempting to "blur and camouflage the views she expressed in her blog by falsely dressing them up as someone else's words".
He added: "Despite her claims, she can provide no evidence that I or anyone else used the horrendous terms she advocated."

In their letter to Corbyn, Cleverly and Badenoch also called on Mr Corbyn to address Labour's "condescending attitude to BAME voters and candidates".

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