Helen speaks in debate on Covid-19 and inequalities

Yesterday marked the third annual Windrush Day, on which we celebrate the enduring contribution of the Windrush generation to life in the UK. This celebration must never be sentimental, it takes place in the context of the reality of the structural racism and injustice that BAME people still experience today. Whether the government’s failure to deliver justice and compensation for the victims of the Windrush scandal, or the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on BAME residents in the UK, Windrush Day is a celebration but it must also be a time for deep national reflection, a redoubling of our commitment to address racial inequality once and for all and an urgent call for action. I spoke last week in a debate in Parliament on the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on BAME communities.