U.K. Prime Minister’s Senior Adviser on Race Resigns Amid Criticisms on Racism Report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser on ethnic minorities has resigned, a day after a government-commissioned report on racial disparities concluded that U.K. does not have a systemic problem with racism.

Samuel Kasumu notified Downing Street Chief-of-Staff Dan Rosenfield last week that he was stepping down from his post, according to media company Politico.

Kasumu’s resignation comes amid growing criticisms of a report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) that concluded that Britain “no longer” had a system “deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities.”

Downing Street denied that the report was connected to Kasumu’s resignation.

“Any suggestion that this decision has been made this week or that it is linked to the CRED report is completely inaccurate,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.

“He will be leaving government in May — this has been his plan for several months and has not changed,” the spokesperson also said.

However, former Race Disparity Unit Chief Lord Simon Woolley said that Kasumu, the only Black special adviser in Downing Street, “has felt that his only recourse to this grubby, divisive Sewell report is to resign.”

Kasumu had first attempted to resign last February over concerns that the Conservative Party was pursuing a “politics steeped in division” and said that tensions over race policies in the government had become “unbearable.”

In a leaked resignation letter then, Kasumu also suggested that Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch may have broken ministerial code when she publicly criticized a black journalist on social media.

“I believe the ministerial code was breached,” Kasumu wrote in the letter he retracted after being persuaded to stay.

“However, more concerning than the act, was the lack of response internally,” Kasumu further wrote.


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