JEREMY Hunt was ridiculed after saying he backed a Tory Islamophobia probe because he wants the party to be “whiter than white”.
The Foreign Secretary made the humiliating gaffe after Sajid Javid bounced all of the Tory leadership contenders into backing an independent inquiry into claims of Islamophobia in the party during Tuesday night’s TV debate.
Jeremy Hunt said the party must be ‘whiter than white’ as he backed the Tory Islamophobia probe[/caption]
Backing the move, he told the Today programme: “I think we should have an independent inquiry because the cancer of racism and prejudice is not restricted to any one political party.
“We have been very vociferous calling out Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism and if we are going to do that, and I think we are right to do that, then we have to be whiter than white ourselves.”
Labour’s Shadow Equalities Minister Dawn Butler jumped on Mr Hunt’s comments, saying it “tells us everything we need to know about the Tories’ failure to recognise the problem”.
Comedian David Baddiel mocked: “Proving once again that he’s a man for the turn of phrase, Jeremy Hunt on @bbcradio4 just said that if his party is going to fight racism they need to be “whiter than white.”
An NNS nurse begged Jeremy Hunt to pull out of the race for PM – so she could carry on voting Tory.
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In an LBC phone-in the employee, Naomi, said the NHS staff were “very bitter” about the changes Jeremy Hunt had implemented as Health Secretary.
She said: “You on the Tory ticket will lose the NHS vote.
“We cannot have someone so tainted with the track record you have.”
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