UK Labour Party MPs and peers have criticised a “despicable” tweet by former Northern Irish MP Lord Kilclooney that referred to new Vice-President-elect of the United States Kamala Harris as “the Indian”.
Asking what would occur if new President-elect Joe Biden needed replacing, Kilclooney tweeted: “What happens if Biden moves on and the Indian becomes President. Who then becomes Vice President?”
The comment posted by John Taylor, Baron Kilclooney, who was deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 1995 to 2001, has been widely criticised as racist – including by the leader of the Labour Lords.
Leader of the opposition in the upper chamber Angela Smith, Baroness Smith of Basildon, quote-tweeted Kilclooney, adding the comment: “Just despicable and beneath contempt.”
Smith added: “I am so angry about this comment… I will be making an official complaint to both the Commissioner for Standards and the Lords Speaker.”