RED-FACED Labour tonight ditched controversial plans to charge white people more to listen to Jeremy Corbyn’s speeches.
The party were offering Black and Minority Ethnic supporters a £10 discount on tickets to a rally, but the plan had sparked outrage.
Last night the pricing was blasted by the equalities watchdog who hit out that “charging people different rates because of their race is unlawful discrimination” and demanded an explanation.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission added: “We will be writing to the Labour Party to ask them for their justification for this policy.”
But last night a party spokesman said they were “taking advice on other ways we can increase the representation of BAME members at East Midlands Regional Conference in February.”
And the two different types of ticket options were withdrawn from sale online.
However furious Tory MP Andrew Bridgen hit out: “It is disappointing that Labour had to be forced kicking and screaming to remove the discriminatory, divisive and illegal racial surcharge on tickets to their East Midlands Conference.
The Leicester MP – who made an official complaint about the tickets – added: “It was setting a very dangerous precedent insulting the white working class and patronising ethnic minorities and would have been exploited by extremists on the political fringes.”
“Labour still has questions to answer as to how such an illegal and irresponsible proposition could have been adopted in the first place and they also owe an assurance it will never be repeated.”
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