Labour candidate to report Tory rival to police for 'hate crime'

Mr Sahota said the remark was 'hateful'

Friday, November 29, 2019

A Sikh Labour candidate is reporting his Conservative rival to the police, after he told him he was "talking through his turban".

Philip Dunne, who is seeking re-election in Ludlow, made the remarks towards Labour's Kuldip Sahota during a hustings event in Shropshire on Wednesday.

The pair are believed to have clashed over the topic of education budgets when the comment was made.

Mr Sahota said police informed him the incident could be considered a hate crime and he is now making a formal complaint, despite receiving an apology from Mr Dunne.

On Thursday, the Tory candidate released a statement apologising "again" for his remarks.

“I apologised to Kuldip Sahota for my comments. I apologise again unreservedly for the offence caused," he said.

Mr Sahota is reporting his rival Mr Dunne to the police

The Conservative Party have confirmed that Mr Dunne will not be suspended for his comments.

Mr Sahota told talkRADIO: “The police have suggested Philip Dunne’s racist comment towards me could constitute a hate crime and I am formally reporting it as such.

“The Conservatives are refusing to suspend Philip Dunne and to strip him of his honour. This further exposes Boris Johnson’s lie that he is taking action against racism in his party. In standing by Philip Dunne, he is endorsing hate and prejudice towards Sikhs."

He continued: “His comment about my turban was hateful. He shamed and humiliated me in a public attack on my faith and my community. He did not apologise until I called him out, and even when he did, he showed no humility, no self-reflection and no understanding of why his words were racist.

"He is not fit to be an elected representative in our diverse, multicultural country.”

talkRADIO has contacted Philip Dunne and the Conservative Party for comment.

Fighting for the Ludlow seat alongside Mr Dunne and Mr Sahota are Hilary Wendt from the Green Party, and Heather Kidd from the Liberal Democrats.

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