UK is the best place in Europe for black people to live: Trevor Phillips

22 June 2020, 12:42

The former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has told LBC that the UK is the best place in Europe for black people to live in.

Today is Windrush Day, marking 72 years since hundreds of people arrived in the UK on a ship from Jamaica to help re-build the UK following the war.

Trevor Phillips was speaking to Nick Ferrari about the day and insisted that, outside of the political reaction, the UK has been a hospitable place for black people.

Mr Phillips said: "Without ignoring the behaviour of governments, the truth is that this country has been a pretty good country for People of Colour.

"This is the best country, certainly in Europe, for a black person to live in.

"Anybody who doesn't believe that only has to go and spend a week in France or Russia or Germany or even the Netherlands to understand why you would come straight back home here.

"The people of Britain have been warm and embracing."

Nick Ferrari spoke to Trevor Phillips on Windrush Day
Nick Ferrari spoke to Trevor Phillips on Windrush Day. Picture: LBC / PA

Mr Phillips pointed out the large number of mixed-race people in Britain backs him up.

He added: "When we talked about black people 25 years ago, we were talking about people like me - two black parents from the Caribbean. Today, the majority of black people in this country have come from Africa, so you don't hear names like Phillips, you hear names like Adebayo.

"Within five-six years, more than half of people of Caribbean descent in this country will have a white parent.

"The reason I raise that is that it's never happened anywhere else. So we are a very unique country."

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

'Where do they find the time?!': Nick Ferrari slates mob attacking 'sexist' paint ad

'Where do they find the time?!': Nick Ferrari slates mob attacking 'sexist' paint ad

Nick Ferrari sold on caller's 'three one-off taxes' plan to raise cost-of-living funds

Nick Ferrari sold on caller's 'three one-off taxes' plan to raise cost-of-living funds

Nick Ferrari mocks caller who blames Brexit for water crisis

Nick Ferrari mocks caller who blames Brexit for water crisis

Nick Ferrari gobsmacked after caller says he has had seven bikes stolen.

Nick Ferrari gobsmacked at how caller has had seven bikes stolen

LBC's Reporter Charlotte Lynch took a dip off the Cornish Coast

Nick Ferrari's 'swimming in shark infested waters' reporter challenge

Jacob Rees-Mogg said civil servants had been offered a course on witchcraft

Courses on Check Yo Privilege and witchcraft for civil servants are a waste of time, says JRM

The Defence Secretary was speaking to Nick Ferrari

Ben Wallace accuses Rishi Suank of trying to block extra cash for defence spending

Ben Wallace is backing Liz Truss

'Feisty' Truss is my choice for PM, says Ben Wallace as he reveals endorsement

Tory party co-chair looks ahead to LBC leadership hustings with Nick Ferrari

Tory party co-chairman looks ahead to LBC leadership hustings with Nick Ferrari

'Totally invented tosh': Nadine Dorries dismisses claims she'd give up her constituency seat for Boris

'Totally invented tosh': Nadine Dorries dismisses claims she'd give up seat for Boris

Sunak is 'opposed to transparency' over police league table plans, says minister

Sunak is 'opposed to transparency' over police league table plans, says minister

Exclusive
'Do you want him evicted?': Mick Lynch defends RMT deputy living in council flat on £78k

'Do you want him evicted?': Mick Lynch defends RMT deputy living in council flat on £78k

Exclusive
Social workers 'showed no interest' in tragic Lily-Mai case, grandfather tells LBC

Social workers showed 'no interest' in tragic Lily-Mai case, grandfather tells LBC

A furious Nick Ferrari summed up the issue

Nick Ferrari slams 'sanctimonious' BBC over Princess Diana interview

Nick Ferrari mocks Prince Harry after UN speech

Nick Ferrari mocks Prince Harry after UN speech - 'Buy the bloke a Peroni!'

Mordant 'spent months' preparing for Tory leadership campaign

Mordaunt 'left other ministers to pick up the pieces as she planned leadership bid'