Anas: Gov­ern­ment need di­ver­sity train­ing

Daily Record - - INFO - ANDY PHILIP a.philip@dai­

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

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