I was pleased to lead the debate on the “Elimination of Racial Discrimination” yesterday, which was held on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
As a Muslim MP and a proud advocate of tolerance, peace and integration, the issue is close to my heart. As the first ever Muslim Mayor of Warrington and MP for Warrington South, I have always understood the value of embracing difference and bringing communities together.
The people of Warrington have made me a welcome part of their community ever since I went to live there with my family more than 20 years ago. Sadly, I know that not all ethnic minorities are as fortunate as I have been to live in such a hospitable, tolerant environment.
We need to remember that our voices and contributions matter. If our institutions and policies are not doing enough to stem the tide of a resurgence in racism, we need to end complacency. If we in our hearts can imagine a better world, let us keep on fighting for it and eliminate racism from our society forever.
My full speech is available here: