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Racial slurs and stereotypes will damage Britain’s global role

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Chinese for Labour’s Chair, Sonny Leong CBE spoke during the Labour Party Conference debate on Britain’s Global Role said Clarkson's use of the world "slope" to describe an Asian man breached the broadcasting code but did not fall foul of equality laws as creative decisions are given an exemption.

He also said the BBC's ability to broadcast racist material with "impunity" does not sit well with its duty to promote equality and so it must be challenged following Top Gear incident.

He told the party conference: "Top Gear is one of the BBC's popular programmes and attracts millions of viewers nationally and internationally.

"They have a responsibility to ensure that they do not offend any ethnic minorities and communities and that they do not promote racist stereotypes and xenophobia.

"They also have a public a duty to promote equality and to eradicate racism from the organisation.

"The ability to broadcast racist material with impunity does not sit well with the duty to promote equality and eradicate racism.

"Broadcasters have a duty, a moral duty of care to their viewers to present a programme without any racial slurs or racial stereotypes.

"Britain's global role will be diminished, if not damaged, if we do not challenge this."

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