The three MPs whose constituencies include parts of Brixton yesterday (9 June) issued a joint statement calling on the government to address structural racism, discrimination and injustices in the UK.
Brixton resident Florence Eshalomi (Labour, Vauxhall), Helen Hayes (Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood, and shadow minister for the cabinet office) and Bell Ribeiro-Addy (Labour, Streatham) also called on the government to condemn excessive use of force by the police in the USA and to ban the sale of anti-crowd gas, riot equipment and rubber bullets to the USA.
Bell Ribeiro-Addy was also among Labour MPs who yesterday took the knee in front of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
She said: “I was pleased to join my Labour colleagues to show solidarity with everyone fighting racism across the world.
“Racism and police violence have never been the sole preserve of the USA with Black people in the UK suffering disproportionately at every stage of the justice system.
“Another reason that the American Black Lives Matter protests have resonated with the Black community here is because of the government’s failure to protect Black people during the current pandemic.
“These tragedies must be a catalyst for systemic change. For change to happen it’s vital that we see some leadership from the top.
“As Labour Party representatives, we must wear our anti-racist credentials on our sleeves, coming out in full solidarity with the Black community.”
The joint statement by three local MPs said the killing of George Floyd exposed “a reality that is all too familiar for many Black African Americans and resonates deeply with so many in the UK who also suffer endemic racism and inequality.”
They said thousands of people have been motivated by the anti-racism and Black Lives Matter cause, including many young people who have become active for the first time.
“We urge people to express their views peacefully and safely, being mindful of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” they said.
“We call on the Government to address the structural racism, discrimination and injustices that exist in the UK, to condemn the excessive use of force by the Police in the US and to ban the sale of anti-crowd gas, riot equipment and rubber bullets to the USA.
“We remain committed to hold this government to account and to work for meaningful, long-lasting change.”