First eth­nic mi­nor­ity PM will be Tory, vows black MP

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Peter Hitchens - By Glen Owen PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

A SE­NIOR Tory MP tipped as a fu­ture leader has pledged the party will pro­duce the first black Prime Min­is­ter – be­cause Labour is run by ‘old white men’.

Con­ser­va­tive Party deputy chair­man James Clev­erly, whose mother comes from Sierra Leone, sparked fresh spec­u­la­tion about his own am­bi­tions by pre­dict­ing the Tories would be the first party to put an eth­nic-mi­nor­ity politi­cian in Down­ing Street.

Mr Clev­erly, 49, said: ‘I’m go­ing to say yes, I reckon we’ll have the first BME [black or mi­nor­ity eth­nic­ity] Prime Min­is­ter.’ But when asked whether it was most likely to be him or Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid, Mr Clev­erly says: ‘Haha. Look, it could be Sa­jid, there are a num­ber of peo­ple.’

The Brain­tree MP told the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald: ‘That’s what freaks the Labour Party out. They are re­al­is­ing there is a very cred­i­ble chance that we will have had two fe­male Prime Min­is­ters and a black Prime Min­is­ter, maybe even a black fe­male Prime Min­is­ter, be­fore they’ve had even their first fe­male Prime Min­is­ter.’

He added: ‘The real de­ci­sion­mak­ing in the Labour Party is by old white men. As­sisted by young posh men. You’ve got [Jeremy] Cor­byn, you’ve got [John] Mc­Don­nell, they drive it and they are sup­ported by Seu­mas Milne, who is a posh pub­lic school­boy, and James Sch­nei­der, a posh pub­lic school­boy.’ Mr Milne and Mr Sch­nei­der, who are Mr Cor­byn’s two most se­nior aides, both at­tended the elite £40,000 Winch­ester Col­lege.

Mr Clev­erly also ac­cused Mr Cor­byn’s team of ap­point­ing women such as Shadow For­eign Sec­re­tary Emily Thorn­berry as ‘a few baubles su­per­fi­cially’.

He added: ‘It’s a tight lit­tle ca­bal, same old, same old.’

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