Downing Avenue right now frantically performed down the resignation of the PM’s most senior black aide as ministers confronted backlash over a ‘whitewash’ race report.
Boris Johnson heaped reward on Samuel Kasumu’s ‘nice’ work in encouraging vaccine take-up amongst ethnic minorities after it emerged he’s leaving No10.
The information surfaced after the Fee on Race and Ethnic Disparities revealed a controversial examine on inequality in Britain.
However a spokesman for the PM stated Mr Kasumu had deliberate to go for ‘months’, and shall be staying till Might.
‘Any suggestion that this resolution has been made this week or that that is linked to the CRED report is totally inaccurate,’ the spokesman stated.
Mr Kasumu had tendered his resignation in February, penning a letter warning that ministers had been pursuing a ‘politics steeped in division’ and voicing ‘concern’ about how equalities minister Kemi Badenoch dealt with a spat with a journalist. At that stage he was talked out of going, although the letter was leaked.
The 33-year-old knowledgeable No10 colleagues yesterday that he was leaving, in accordance with Politico.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi is believed to have tried unsuccessfully to steer Mr Kasumu to vary his thoughts once more.
Throughout a go to to Middlesbrough, Mr Johnson informed reporters: ‘I labored very carefully with Samuel within the final 12 months or so and he is completed some nice stuff.
‘I thank him very a lot, notably on serving to to encourage vaccine take-up amongst extra hesitant teams and communities. And, truly, we’re seeing some actual success there.
‘It’s true that completely different teams have been coming ahead at completely different paces, all people is growing their take-ups, so I thank him very a lot for that.’
The race report, which was months within the making and produced by a bunch of 12 consultants – solely certainly one of whom was white – concluded that there was no proof of institutional racism on this nation.
Overseen by chair Dr Tony Sewell, its findings had been branded a ‘whitewash’ by the Left, however welcomed by different campaigners.
Samuel Kasumu, who suggested Boris Johnson on ethnic minorities is known to have handed in his resignation after long-running tensions
Boris Johnson (pictured on a go to to Middlesbrough right now) heaped reward on Mr Kasumu’s ‘nice’ work in encouraging vaccine take-up amongst ethnic minorities after it emerged he’s leaving No10
Overseen by chair Dr Tony Sewell, the findings from the Fee on Race and Ethnic Disparities had been branded a ‘whitewash’ by the Left, however welcomed by different campaigners
Samuel Kasumu: From Tory activist and HuffPost author to advising the PM on ethnic minorities
Samuel Kasumu, initially from Barnet however now dwelling in St Albans, studied enterprise and administration accounting at Brunel College – the place he was pupil President and Vice President and left with a 2:1 – and a postgraduate diploma in Ethnicity, Migration, & Coverage from Birkbeck, College of London.
Whereas at Brunel, in 2006, he was additionally the President of the most important African and Caribbean Society on a college campus within the nation, the HuffPost says.
Samuel Kasumu: From Tory activist and HuffPost author to advising the PM on ethnic minorities
He’s married to Barbara Kasumu, who held an advisory place on the Cupboard Workplace in 2018.
The couple ran Elevation Networks till 2018, which was setup to assist younger and under-represented folks within the job market.
Mrs Kasumu has labored for related social enterprises together with The Children Community and The Lobby Federation.
Through the 2011 London riots he acted as a neighborhood consultant calling for peace, notably within the Tottenham space within the north of the capital. That very same 12 months the political adviser additionally featured in a marketing campaign referred to as Operation Black Vote, the place he was offered as a number one entrepreneur and future political determine.
Since leaving college the Liverpool soccer fan has labored as a councillor, with religion teams and began out in politics at an area degree. He was a contributor for the HuffPost and continues to be described on its web site as a ‘younger political commentator’.
He has additionally written for the Guardian, New Statesman and was a columnist for Nigerian Watch. In 2012 he wrote his first guide referred to as Successful the Race, which criticised what he noticed as an absence of motion by the Tories in interesting to ethnic minorities.
However he was greatest recognized for being the founding father of Elevation Networks – a pupil degree social enterprise in Euston which tries to provide underrepresented younger folks a extra aggressive stance within the labour market.
Through the 2010 normal election he campaigned for Theresa Villiars MP, David Borrowes MP, and Philipa Stroud. He has labored as a particular adviser in Downing Avenue for the previous 12 months and a half.
The report, commissioned by the Prime Minister after final 12 months’s Black Lives Matter protests, stated Britain was not a rustic the place the ‘system is intentionally rigged in opposition to ethnic minorities’.
The report stated elements akin to geography, household affect, socio-economic background, tradition and faith all impacted life possibilities greater than racism, and concluded the UK was a ‘beacon’ to the world as a profitable multi-ethnic nation which displayed way more tolerance than its neighbours.
However unions stated the report denied the experiences of black and minority ethnic staff.
Labour justice spokesman David Lammy stated black Britons had been being ‘gaslighted’ and referred to as the report an insult to anybody in Britain who had skilled structural racism.
The report’s authors had been additionally accused of making an attempt to place a ‘optimistic spin on slavery’ after they referred to as on colleges to make use of historical past classes to ‘inform the a number of, nuanced tales of the contributions made by completely different teams which have made this nation the one it’s right now’.
In his foreword, Dr Sewell stated there was a brand new story to be informed concerning the ‘slave interval’ and about how ‘culturally African folks remodeled themselves right into a remodelled African/Britain’.
However Halima Begum, chief govt of the Runnymede Belief, a race equality think-tank, stated: ‘I am completely flabbergasted to see the slave commerce apparently redefined as ‘the Caribbean Expertise’; as if it is one thing Thomas Prepare dinner must be promoting – a one-way shackled cruise to purgatory.
‘The cultural deafness of this report is just going to develop into clearer within the coming days and weeks.’
However Dr Sewell stated it was ‘absurd to counsel that the fee is making an attempt to downplay the evil of the slave commerce’.
Mr Johnson insisted right now there are ‘critical points that our society faces to do with racism’ and that work wanted to be completed to ‘repair it’.
And he recommended the federal government is not going to agree with ‘the whole lot’ within the report’s conclusions.
‘Look, it is a very attention-grabbing piece of labor,’ he stated.
‘I do not say the Authorities goes to agree with completely the whole lot in it, nevertheless it has some authentic and stimulating work in it that I believe folks must learn and to contemplate.
‘There are very critical points that our society faces to do with racism that we have to deal with.
‘We have got to do extra to repair it, we have to perceive the severity of the issue, and we’ll be taking a look at all of the concepts that they’ve put ahead, and we’ll be making our response.’
Duwayne Brooks, a good friend of Stephen Lawrence, stated he agreed that not all disparities within the UK had been attributable to racism.
The activist informed Occasions Radio: ‘What the report is doing is evaluating life for the ethnic minorities in Britain, compared to the European nations, the place life could be a lot, a lot worse than how it’s right now.’
He added: ‘It isn’t as easy to simply say that the black folks of Britain can not get jobs as a result of they’re black.
‘And that is what folks need the report back to say.’
Baroness Kishwer Falkner, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Fee, added: ‘This report rightly identifies the various causes of disparities and by making suggestions to deal with them provides the Authorities the chance to design coverage concentrating on the sources of inequality.’
Mr Kasumu wrote a resignation letter from his job, paid as much as £75,000 a 12 months, in February.
Though he later retracted it, the BBC obtained a duplicate.
In it, Mr Kasumu accused the Conservative Occasion of pursuing ‘a politics steeped in division’ and recommended Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch could have damaged the ministerial code in her public spat with a journalist.
He wrote: ‘I worry for what could develop into of the social gathering sooner or later by selecting to pursue a politics steeped in division.’
The previous Conservative activist and councillor who grew up in Barnet, north London, stated ‘the harm that’s usually attributable to our actions will not be a lot thought-about’, including: ‘As somebody that has spent his entire grownup life serving others, that stress has been at occasions insufferable.’
He reportedly described the actions of Ms Badenoch as ‘regarding’.
Ms Badenoch accused HuffPost reporter Nadine White of ‘creepy and weird’ behaviour after the journalist contacted her requesting a remark for a narrative.
The minister posted screenshots of Ms White’s emails on-line sparking a backlash in opposition to the reporter.
Mr Kasumu apparently notified the Prime Minister’s chief of workers, Dan Rosenfield, that he shall be leaving final week, and informed colleagues yesterday.
Shadow equalities secretary Marsha de Cordova stated: ‘To have your most senior advisor on ethnic minorities give up as you publish a so-called landmark report on race within the UK is telling of how far eliminated the Tories are from the on a regular basis lived experiences of Black, Asian and ethnic minority folks.
‘Their divisive report seems to glorify slavery and means that institutional racism doesn’t exist regardless of the proof on the contrary.
In a resignation letter leaked to the BBC in February however later retracted, Mr Kasumu voiced ‘concern’ concerning the actions of equalities minister Kemi Badenoch (left), who launched a web based tirade in opposition to HuffPost reporter Nadine White (proper)
‘It’s no marvel they’re shedding the experience from their staff.’
Yesterday Dr Sewell, who insisted that the fee merely hadn’t discovered proof of institutional racism in Britain, stated some communities had been haunted by historic racism and there was a ‘reluctance to acknowledge that the UK had develop into open and fairer’.
He stated the evaluation discovered some proof of bias, however usually it was a notion that the broader society couldn’t be trusted.
NHS Suppliers stated it disagreed with the report’s conclusions and stated there was ‘clear and unmistakable’ proof that NHS ethnic minority workers had worse experiences and confronted extra obstacles than white counterparts.
Sabby Dhalu, of Stand Up To Racism, stated: ‘Suggesting Britain must be considered a ‘mannequin for different white-majority nations’ is an insult to all those that misplaced their lives resulting from racism.’
However Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated progress had been made in tackling racism, telling ITV’s Peston: ‘If I take into consideration the issues that occurred to me after I was a child, I am unable to think about these issues taking place to me now.’
The 264-page report additionally referred to as on ministers to deal with on-line abuse, lengthen the college day to assist deprived pupils, power police to modify on physique cameras throughout stop-and-search encounters, and set up an impartial physique to focus on well being disparities.
The Prime Minister stated the Authorities will think about the suggestions.
The landmark evaluation discovered kids from many ethnic minorities do as effectively or higher in school than white pupils
The evaluation highlighted the completely different fortunes of ethnic teams, mentioning that white British boys from poorer backgrounds are among the many most deprived. These figures present the distinction between the imply rating for the group and the grand imply rating throughout all pupils – which is equal to zero