Labor MP apologizes after handing out flyers promising to ‘deal with traveler raids’

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Employment Equality Minister Charlotte Nichols apologizes for ‘insulting the Gypsy and Roma communities’ after handing out hundreds of pamphlets promising to ‘deal with traveler raids’

  • Member of Parliament Charlotte Nichols handed out flyers in the run-up to the local elections
  • One of the promises mentioned was a promise to ‘handle travel incursions’
  • The leaflet was later withdrawn when she tweeted to ‘apologize unconditionally’

A Labor MP has apologized for handing out campaign flyers promising potential voters that her party would handle “the Travelers raids.”

Charlotte Nichols, shadow women and equality minister, had delivered pamphlets to the party ahead of local elections in the Orford area of ​​her constituency.

One of the pledges featured on the Labor Party logo flyer was a pledge to ‘deal with Traveler raids’, sparking widespread anger among residents and on social media.

Charlotte Nichols tweeted a photo of herself with the flyer and the team ahead of the local election

Charlotte Nichols tweeted a photo of herself with the flyer and the team ahead of the local election

She later apologized in a statement for the “ pain wrought ” among the Gypsy, Roma and Traveler (GRT) communities, assuring people that it was not in line with her personal views or those of the party.

She said, “I would like to apologize unconditionally for the crime and pain I have caused to the Gypsy, Roma and Traveler community.

‘I spoke with the local Labor Party, the folder has been withdrawn and the folder will be destroyed.

‘I’m sorry this leaflet was distributed around town. The folder does not reflect my personal values ​​or those of the PvdA. ‘

In an earlier statement in response to outrage on social media over the flyer, she said she was unaware of the ‘problematic definition’ of raids, meaning a sudden invasion or attack.

Labor MP apologized after language used in flyer caused widespread outrage

Labor MP apologized after language used in flyer caused widespread outrage

Labor MP apologized after language used in flyer caused widespread outrage

She said: ‘I understand the concerns about the language in a recent pamphlet, particularly in the context of draconian measures in the Police Crime Courts and Sentencing Bill.

“The terminology around” raids seems to be widely used in the context of legal and local government, and I was not aware of their problematic definition.

‘I try to be an ally of the GRT community, but anti-racism is an active process that means you are willing to listen and learn.

“ I am more than happy to sit down with community representatives to discuss more appropriate terminology to discuss sensitive issues such as these and how we can work together to ensure that the needs are best met in the future. of the community are satisfied. ‘

A social media user said, ‘Really disturbing that you didn’t notice this particular phrase on a bulleted list – essentially your own commitments

Apart from that, WHO designed and signed it before the leaflet was printed?

“Who thought” Traveler Incursions “was an acceptable phrase?”

Another added: “ The leaflet says, under the heading ‘Deliver for you’ that Labor is’ dealing with travelers’ raids’ – regardless of whether you knew the full meaning of the word, you surely accept that the ‘you’ here intentionally, purposefully exclusive to members of the GRT community? ‘

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