Diane Abbott has hit out at the Conservative Government, claiming it presides over a police force which remains prejudiced against black people.
The shadow home secretary was speaking in a report for the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), which accused Police Scotland of “institutional racism”.
Earlier this month the Government released an equally damning race audit report, whichsuggested that blackk people were over three times more likely to be arrested than their white peers, and over six times more likely to face stop-and-search checks.
Abbott tweeted: "This Tory Government is presiding over a policing system which still discriminates against black people. Warm words are not enough."
She was also quoted by Labour's website as saying: “This serious discrimination is widespread. It is unacceptable that the Home Office’s own report states that the level of discrimination is little changed from previous years.
“The Prime Minister says she wants to tackle burning injustices. But this Tory Government is presiding over a policing system which still discriminates against black people.
"It is long past time that the Government acted to address these unacceptable disparities.”
Abbott is one of the UK's most active anti-racism campaigners, but has courted controversy with her comments on the issue in the past.
She attracted fierce criticism for saying white people love to "divide and rule" and suggesting that West Indian mothers will do more for their children than others.