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UK News Tory Philip Dunne 'Reported To Cops For Alleged Hate Crime' Over Turban Remark

14:10  29 november  2019
14:10  29 november  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Tory Philip Dunne is seeking to be returned as MP for the Shropshire constituency of Ludlow and was speaking during hustings in Church Stretton on Wednesday evening. "He said 'Kuldip, you are talking through your turban ' and there was a sharp intake of breath from those around me," Mr Sahota said.

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Philip Dunne wearing a suit and tie: Tory candidate Philip Dunne © PA Archive/PA Images Tory candidate Philip Dunne

Tory candidate Philip Dunne could face a police investigation for an alleged hate crime after saying a Sikh Labour rival was “talking through his turban”.

The Conservative candidate for Ludlow was said to have aimed the “racist” barb at Kuldip Sahota during an election debate on Wednesday evening.

Sahota now says he has reported the incident to West Mercia Police and repeated his call for Boris Johnson to suspend Dunne over the comments.

He said: “The police have suggested Philip Dunne’s racist comment towards me could constitute a hate crime and I am formally reporting it as such.

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Philip Dunne , who is standing for re -election in Ludlow in Shropshire, made the comment to Kuldip Sahota at a hustings event on Wednesday. Mr Dunne , a former minister under David Cameron and Theresa May, later apologised in a statement. Mr Sahota said the remark left him "shocked and

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“The Conservatives are refusing to suspend Philip Dunne and to strip him of his honour. This further exposes Boris Johnson’s lie that he is taking action against racism in his party. In standing by Philip Dunne, he is endorsing hate and prejudice towards Sikhs.

“His comment about my turban was hateful. He shamed and humiliated me in a public attack on my faith and my community.”

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Labour candidate Kuldip Sahota. © PA Archive/PA Images Labour candidate Kuldip Sahota.

The Labour candidate continued: “He did not apologise until I called him out, and even when he did, he showed no humility, no self-reflection and no understanding of why his words were racist. He is not fit to be an elected representative in our diverse, multicultural country.”

HuffPost UK contacted Dunne’s office about the report but a spokesperson said the candidate did not want to comment.

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Philip Dunne , who is seeking re -election in Ludlow, said his rival was ‘talking through his turban ’. They clashed over education budgets, according to people there. He is said to have apologised at the end of the debate when he was told by Sahota that the remarks were offensive.

Boris Johnson claimed the party have a zero tolerance approach to discrimination - but won't suspend Philip Dunne over "talking out of his turban " comments.

Dunne has previously issued an apology but the Tories have not said the would-be MP will face any disciplinary action, despite Labour’s calls.

Johnson claimed earlier in the campaign that his party would take a zero tolerance approach to racism, with anyone behind racist comments “out first bounce”.

Sikh Tories, meanwhile, have said Dunne’s “comments are simply unacceptable”.

Philip Dunne wearing a suit and tie: Tory candidate Philip Dunne © PA Archive/PA Images Tory candidate Philip Dunne

In comments issued by Tory central office on Thursday, Dunne said: “I apologised to Kuldip Sahota for my comments last night.

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A hate crime (also known as a bias-motivated crime or bias crime ) is a prejudice-motivated crime which occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of their membership

Philip Dunne , who is seeking re -election as the MP for the Shropshire constituency of Ludlow, made the remarks to Kuldip Sahota during a debate in a local church on Wednesday evening. “But he has said that to insult his turban is to insult his faith, it is extremely insulting to the Sikh community.”

“I apologise again unreservedly for the offence caused.”

HuffPost UK has contacted West Mercia Police and the Conservatives for response.

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