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Chinese for Labour Chair condemns discriminatory language from Scottish MP

Chair of Chinese for Labour, Sonny Leong has publically criticised the language of Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney.

Hugh Gaffney MP, who represents Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill used a derogatory word when describing a Chinese meal, while speaking at a Scottish Labour student event in Edinburgh. MP has since apologised and agreed to go to equality and diversity training.

The Chair of Chinese for Labour Sonny Leong said, “There is no excuse for the use of this word.  It is deeply offensive.  It is our understanding that Hugh has rightly issued an unreserved apology and that is accepted.  However, we would always welcome further opportunities to work with politicians, including Hugh, to bring greater awareness and understanding about how best to tackle racism against the Chinese and East Asian communities living and working in the UK.

“The racism that ethnic Chinese people face in their daily lives is something we must all stand up to.  The Chinese community in Britain are hardworking and have contributed a lot. However the unfavourable representation in UK mainstream media and politics shows just how much more work we need to get rid of this stereotype of being an invisible community and that it is somehow ok to poke fun of.”

In a statement, Mr Gaffney stated, “Last week I attended a Labour Students Burns Supper in Edinburgh. At that event I used certain language relating to the Chinese and LGBVT communities that was wrong and completely inappropriate.”

“I want to offer my unreserved apologies for what I said; my remarks were deeply offensive and unacceptable.

“I will do everything possible to make amends with both the Chinese community and the LGBT community.”

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