The term 'white privilege' insults white people, Tory MP tells LBC

21 October 2020, 16:03

The term "white privilege" insults white people, Tory MP tells LBC

By Sam Sholli

The term 'white privilege' insults white people, a Conservative MP and Chair of the Education Select Committee has said.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, made the comment to LBC's Nick Ferrari on the same day that Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch said the Government doesn't want children being taught about “white privilege and their inherited racial guilt”.

The Equalities Minister also told the House of Commons that schools are under a statutory duty to stay politically impartial and not openly support “the anti-capitalist Black Lives Matter group”.

Mr Halfon told LBC: "I think this term 'white privilege' is a wrong term to use, not just in schools but I think it is wrong across the board. It insults white people.

Iain Dale examines the number of white working class boys attending university

"There are many people from white disadvantaged backgrounds, many children on free school meals, who struggle. They have much lower levels of attainment than many other ethnic groups.

"All the way through the school system, white working-class boys from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to go to university as well.

"To say that these people, who often live in poor-quality housing and have lower levels of attainment, that they are part of 'white privilege'...is an insult to those individuals who have been left behind by the system."

Maajid on protests and systemic racism following BLM protests

In his exchange with Nick, the Chair of the Education Select Committee also referred to Martin Luther King Jr as he said "we should judge people by the content of their character".

The Conservative MP did, however, disagree with the proposition that the country's educational system represents a level playing field irrespective of one's skin colour.

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Exclusive
Rishi Sunak has pledged a crackdown on shoplifting

'We’ve got your back': Rishi Sunak’s message to retail staff as he pledges crackdown on dangerous shoplifters

Exclusive
'None of our closest allies have stopped': Rishi Sunak defends decision not to suspend arms sales to Israel

'None of our closest allies have stopped': Rishi Sunak defends decision not to suspend arms sales to Israel

Exclusive
Braverman: Iran is 'funding and supporting proxies to carry out attacks in the UK'

Suella Braverman warns Iranian regime 'funding and supporting' 'targeted attacks' on UK streets

Exclusive
The mural on the wall of the Golden Chippy

A Greenwich fish and chip shop that's causing a stink over painting, as owner tells LBC he's 'determined to keep mural up'

Rishi Sunak’s job is under threat from a plot of backbench Tory MPs who want to replace him with Penny Mordaunt before the general election.

Tories 'need to stop messing around and get behind the Prime Minister,' Business Secretary tells LBC

Exclusive
'This is trivia': Kemi Badenoch hits out at continued furore over Tory donor 'racism' row

'This is trivia': Kemi Badenoch hits out at continued furore over Tory donor 'racism' row

Government suspends tariffs on key imports to boost SMEs launching £660 million northern powerhouse fund

Government suspends tariffs on key imports to boost SMEs launching £660 million northern powerhouse fund

'Floating voters' unconvinced by Jeremy Hunt's Budget

LBC's 'Floating Voters' left unconvinced by Jeremy Hunt's Budget

Leila Khaled, who hijacked planes, will appear via video link at a fundraiser hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Andy Street wants police to look at the event

'I'm not comfortable with it': West Mids Mayor to speak to police amid fury over Palestinian hijacker’s fundraiser

Andy Street taking calls from the public on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast

Tory MP's claim that Birmingham has 'no-go areas' was 'ridiculous', West Midlands Mayor tells LBC

Minister quizzed on tweet where he described Trump as 'cancer'

Minister Bim Afolami says tweet in which he referred to Donald Trump as 'a cancer' is appropriate

Lee Anderson

Police 'looking into hate speech complaint against Lee Anderson' after MP said Sadiq Khan was controlled by Islamists

Richard Tice said he turned down two Tories who tried to join the party

Reform UK leader Richard Tice says he rejected two Tory MPs who tried to defect in the last year

Michael Tomlinson repeatedly refused to answer Nick Ferrari's question

Nick Ferrari cuts off minister who refuses to answer his questions nine times over Lee Anderson's 'Islamophobic remarks'

Rishi Sunak is facing a revolt for sacking Lee Anderson

Lee Anderson refuses to apologise for 'Islamist' comments as he doubles down on criticism of Sadiq Khan

Rishi Sunak is facing a revolt for sacking Lee Anderson

PM denies Tories have 'Islamophobic tendencies' as minister says Lee Anderson's comments were 'profoundly wrong'