Caroline Lucas apologises for all-white ‘emergency Cabinet’

Monday, August 12, 2019

Caroline Lucas has apologised for creating an “all-white” list of female politicians to form an “emergency Cabinet” that can oppose a no-deal Brexit.

The former Green Party leader said an all-white list “isn’t right” and she should have “reached out further” to think more deeply about what her list of MPs represented.

She said she focused on contacting party leaders and deputy leaders, none of whom are women of colour.

“There are women of colour colleagues who are standing up to this Government’s reckless gamble with Britain’s future, and it was wrong to overlook them,” she said.

“I apologise to them and all who’ve been hurt by their exclusion.”

Earlier she wrote to 10 high-profile MPs to secure a no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson and create an emergency coalition government.

Those invited to join included Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson, Conservative MP Justine Greening and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Ms Sturgeon has already responded, saying she was “more than happy to band together with a bunch of other women”.

“But I do feel duty-bound to point out the former Prime Minister was a woman and didn't manage to sort out Brexit so there's maybe a flaw in that somewhere,” she said.

UK Women’s Equality Party head Mandu Reid told talkRADIO an all-female Cabinet could be worth a try.

“Women bring a different perspective and that perspective is more often than it should be frozen out and I think we’re all poorer as a result of that. I think we all stand to gain from actually trying something new,” she said.

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