Wales politics

Labour MP apologises for 'takeaways' race gaffe

Wayne David MP

A Welsh Labour MP who said the only people in his town with "coloured skin" ran takeaways has apologised.

Caerphilly MP Wayne David made the comment in a BBC Radio Wales programme from the town on Thursday following the vote to leave the European Union.

He had been responding to a question about immigration, saying it was not an issue locally "in terms of numbers".

Mr David has apologised via Twitter, saying: "Ethnic minorities play a vitally important role in our society".

During the programme, he was asked: "In terms of hard figures, how much of an issue is immigration in Caerphilly?"

The MP replied: "Well, in terms of numbers it's not an issue.

"I mean, I think the only people who have coloured skin, if you like, are people who run takeaways".

Image copyright Twitter/Wayne David

Apologising for the gaffe, Mr David said on Twitter: "Ethnic minorities play a vitally important role in our society.

"Now more than ever, it is vitally important to combat racism in Caerphilly Borough and elsewhere."

A majority in Wales voted for Brexit, with Caerphilly recording one of the highest votes in favour of leaving the EU, by 58% to 42%.

On Monday, Mr David was one of several dozen MPs to resign from Labour's front bench in protest at the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn during the referendum campaign.

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