Labour outrage as party discounts tickets for BAME members at conference

Posted on Jan 23 2018 - 7:41am by admin

Labour is selling tickets for next month’s East Midlands Conference for visitors at £40.

But the party is offering a reduced price for a youth pass at £15, and for BAME attendees the cost is £30.

The reduced price for BAME ticket holders has drawn ire from MPs and social media users. 

Labour insists it has reduced the price to encourage underrepresented groups to attend the event.

A Labour spokesman said: “The basic price of a conference pass is the same for all members but, at the request of our East Midlands Regional Board, the party will subsidise part of the cost of this year’s conference pass for BAME members to encourage attendance and improve representation.”

But Tory MP Ben Bradley hit out at the pricing a post on Twitter, writing: “For those disputing this as #FakeNews – here it is right from Labour’s website. White people pay £40 to get in, everyone else pays £30 to get in! I’m all for taking the flack for stupid things I said when I was young, but this is not talk, this is action and it’s happening now!”

Conservative MP Philip Davies also slammed the pricing decision telling Express.co.uk: “To charge people different prices simply based on their race is completely unacceptable and is also surely illegal. 

“I trust the Equalities and Human Rights Commission will be pursuing legal action against the Labour Party. 

“If they don’t they will highlight what a waste of space they are. 

“This is further evidence that Labour have completely abandoned their former white working class heartlands.”

Many on social media accused Labour of “racist” pricing.

But others supported the decision, saying it was necessary to encourage more representation from minority groups.

One Twitter user said: “BAME people are underrepresented in politics, so discounting tickets is likely to get more involved – a good idea, no?”

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