Huq had claimed that Kwasi was “superficially black” at a party conference panel event titled “what’s next for Labour’s Agenda on Race?”
“Superficially (Mr Kwarteng) is a black man….if you hear him on the Today programme, you wouldn’t know he’s black.”
The MP shockingly went on to refer to former Chancellor Rishi Sunak as a “little brown guy”. She also accused Nigerian-born Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch and Home Secretary Suella Braverman of having been “superficial” candidates in the Tory leadership contest this year.
“Ok, superficially they’ve had four brown Chancellors and that.
“But when you have a little brown guy who…. and also the leadership contest I think that I’d say alludes to that. When there was say Suella Braverman, Kemi Badenoch, all these people in it superficially ‘oh look it’s a multicultural leadership race’.”
Shortly after being suspended, Ms Huq issued an apology to Kwasi Kwarteng. She said;
“I have today contacted Kwasi Kwarteng to offer my sincere and heartfelt apologies for the comments I made at yesterday’s Labour conference fringe meeting. My comments were ill-judged and I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone affected.”
Mr Kwarteng is the UK’s first black Chancellor. He was born in Ghana to Ghanaian parents and moved to Britain aged 13 after winning a prestigious scholarship to Eton College.