Diane Abbott claims 'racial bias is rife' in British justice system

Diane Abbott said 'racism is rife' within the British justice system

Diane Abbott has issued a passionate response to Lammy's report

Friday, September 8, 2017

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said "racial bias is rife in Britain's justice system" after the Lammy Report.

The report by Labour MP David Lammy found evidence "bias" and "overt" discrimination towards black and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in some parts of Britain's justice system.

In one area of drug offences, BAME offenders were found to be 240% more likely to be imprisoned than white culprits.

Abbott responded to the report by tweeting "Racial bias is rife in Britain's justice system.The Govt must take immediate action and implement the recommendations from the Lammy Review."

 

Racial bias is rife in Britain's justice system.The Govt must take immediate action and implement the recommendations from the #LammyReview https://t.co/EJ3KZDxtEi

— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) September 8, 2017

 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a prolific tweeter on such issues, has yet to send his own message in reaction to the report.

The Government has said it will "look carefully" at the suggestions made by Lammy, whose report contains a total of 35 recommendations, including the delay or abandonment of some prosecutions.