Paul Gray, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Havant, has written an open letter to Alan Mak asking that party divides be put aside and we unite to condemn Donald Trump and to support Black Lives Matter.
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, Boris Johnson and the Conservative government have failed to condemn Donald Trump for his actions, despite many calls from the Liberal Democrats and other opposition parties.
Paul Gray has written an open letter to Havant Conservative MP, Alan Mak. Gray is inviting Mak to place party politics aside to condemn Donald Trump and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Havant, Paul Gray says in his letter:
"It is no surprise to hear and see these hateful voices in British politics. They have always been here, festering away beneath the surface. Global populism in recent years, both here in Britain and across the world, has simply allowed such regressive prejudices to become emboldened. It is a global phenomenon, led by the president of the most powerful nation on the planet.
Racism cannot be ignored. Racism has no place in a civilised society.
When a person of colour is murdered by the police in America and the response of the American president is to fire on peaceful protesters, when he tweets comments associated with white supremacist movements, we must speak up. The repercussions are global. They impact upon us here in Britain.
As I trust you will agree, silence is violence. A failure to speak up is a failure of both leadership and basic human decency. Those of us in politics who do this for the right reasons, as I’m sure you’d agree, have to be heard at these times or it makes a mockery of our ever entering the political environment. Why be involved if not to effect change for the better?
Please stand with me to unequivocally condemn the words and actions of Donald Trump in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Please confirm, unequivocally, that you believe Trump to be unfit for public office and a menace to the world.
Let’s stand united against racism, not divided by political stripes."