Tory MP condemned for blaming BAME and Muslim people for rise in coronavirus cases

A Conservative MP has prompted widespread condemnation after saying the “vast majority” of those breaking lockdown rules are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, while providing no evidence to support his claims.

Craig Whittaker suggested BAME people – particularly Muslims – were “not taking [the coronavirus pandemic] seriously enough”.

The comments were widely criticised, with Labour describing them as “disgraceful and overt racism” and calling for him to apologise.

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