Anas: Government need diversity training
NICOLA Sturgeon is being urged to adopt equality and diversity training for senior public figures including Government ministers.
Labour MSP Anas Sarwar has put the suggestion in a letter sent to the First Minister today.
It follows allegations of racism, homophobia and Islamophobia in politics.
The Record revealed Sarwar’s claim that he was told by a Labour councillor that voters weren’t ready for a “brown, Muslim P**i”.
In a separate incident, MP Hugh Gaffney made offensive remarks about Chinese and gay people. He has apologised and agreed to take diversity training.
Today, Sarwar says the issue should go beyond party politics. In his letter, he says: “This isn’t about one individual or one party or organisation.
“It’s about challenging a culture that impacts on workplaces, colleges, university campuses and playgrounds.”
On diversity training, Sarwar adds: “The Scottish Government should embark on a programme of providing equality and diversity training. This should include all forms of discrimination and prejudice.
“I believe it is necessary if we are to change attitudes.”
The SNP’s Humza Yousaf said: “All of us in public life must lead by example and send an unequivocal, united message that racism and bigotry have no place anywhere in society.”
LETTER Anas Sarwar