My statement on Labour’s nationwide consultation to develop the Party’s policies to fight discrimination and promote racial equality

In Britain, hate crime is rising. More than half of all young black people are unemployed. Black people are a shocking 37 times more likely to be stop and searched. Labour must be a party that fights for black, Asian and ethnic minority communities – and a diverse and united Britain.

Words matter. We must never pander to elements of the rightwing press, which sow division in our society and demonise Muslim communities. We must stand against antisemitism, Islamophobia and all forms of racism, wherever they exist.

But it also means going further – and addressing the systematic disadvantage that so many people face. To build a society that works for everyone, we will end austerity and invest £500bn in jobs, infrastructure and public services as part of our plan to rebuild and transform Britain.