On 9th July Mary received a response from Amanda Milling, the Chair of the Conservative Party, to the letter that Mary sent on the 11th June regarding racist remarks made by Conservative MP Lee Anderson.
The letter, signed by 23 MPs, called on Milling to discipline Anderson and remove the whip from him for his unacceptable, racist remarks.
Milling’s response notes that Anderson has been “reminded of the standards expected of him when conducting his duties both in Parliament and elsewhere.” It does not go any further than that.
The response from Milling, the Tory Chair, highlights the way that racism has become something that has been allowed to be fostered on the Tory benches. Responding to the letter Mary tweeted:
“If you were racist at work then you would lose your job. If you’re in the Conservatives you get a light scolding. One rule for them and another for you. I’m sorry Amanda Milling, but as long as Lee Anderson represents the Conservative Party then you condone his comments.”
The full text of Milling’s letter can be found below:
I am writing in response to your letter dated the 11th June regarding comments made by Lee Anderson MP during a Committee debate on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. As I have made clear previously, I am committed to ensuring the Party is an open and tolerant place for everyone. Our recently published Singh Report, and our willingness to adopt all of the recommendations made by Professor Singh, are a demonstration of our commitment to ensuring this is the case.
The language used is not language that the Party would condone, nor language that I would personally use. Having discussed these matters with the Chief Whip, I can inform you that he has spoken to the MP concerned to remind him of the standards expected of him when conducting his duties both in Parliament and elsewhere.
I would be grateful if you could share this response with the Colleagues copied on your original
Anderson remaining as a Conservative MP displays the lack of seriousness with which the Conservative Party takes its disciplinary process.