Tory MP condemned for claim BME people breaching lockdown most

Craig Whittaker accused of baseless claims after Covid-19 comments aimed at Muslim community

A Conservative MP has been accused of making baseless allegations after he said the “vast majority” of people breaching coronavirus lockdown rules were from black and minority ethnic communities, particularly those from Muslim backgrounds.

Craig Whittaker, the MP for Calder Valley, West Yorkshire since 2010, told LBC radio there were “sections of our community that are just not taking the pandemic seriously”.

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