Dawn Butler defends David Lammy over Nazi party remark

Dawn Butler defends David Lammy over Nazi party remark

Monday, April 15, 2019

The shadow women’s minister has defended fellow Labour MP David Lammy after he refused to back down for comparing the European Research Group to the Nazi party.

Speaking on BBC's The Andrew Marr show, Mr Lammy also attacked ERG chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg describing him as “someone who is happy to put onto his web pages the horrible, racist AfD [Alternative for Germany] party, a party that's Islamophobic and on the far right."

The AfD was founded in 2013 as a Eurosceptic party in Germany, and has since campaigned for tougher immigration laws. Mr Rees-Mogg had previously tweeted a clip from the party but denied supporting the AfD.

Labour MP Dawn Butler said Mr Lammy had made a “powerful point”.

She told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright: “I don’t think he has gone too far. David is making a very powerful point in terms of taking these things seriously.

“He is concerned about the current government and the direction that it is going in.

“As we see more and more people edge towards power it is becoming quite exposing in terms of who they are.”

Watch: David Lammy defending his comments about the ERG. 

Ms Butler named former government adviser Roger Scruton as an example of “despicable” comments, after he was sacked from his advisory role for comments about Islamophobia and homosexuality.

The academic had allegedly described Islamophobia as a "propaganda word" and described homosexuality as "not normal".

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