Labour Peer confesses he felt ‘pride in Britain’ as Sunak enters No.10

Labour peer admits feeling 'pride' at Rishi Sunak's appointment

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Former Labour MP and life peer Lord Paul Boateng has expressed “pride” in the appointment of Conservative Rishi Sunak to Number Ten. The new Tory leader will succeed Liz Truss and become the first person of colour to hold the role of UK Prime Minister. Lord Boateng described the victory of Mr Sunak in the leadership contest as a “real achievement” for promoting diversity in modern Britain.

LBC host Nick Ferrari asked Lord Boateng: “What emotion went through your heart when it was actually confirmed that Mr Sunak is the Prime Minister?”

The Labour peer replied: “Pride. Pride in Britain. Britain has shown the world that you can have a truly multiracial democracy. 

“It is something I have fought for all my life as a politician – as someone who believed in inclusion, fairness, and justice and who celebrates this real achievement.  

“We now have a person of colour as Prime Minister. We have had people of colour as Chancellor and Foreign Secretary – that says something about the British people and we should be proud of that.”

Rishi Sunak will succeed Liz Truss, who became the UK’s third-ever female Prime Minister and appointed a historically diverse Cabinet team.

Under the outgoing Prime Minister, none of the four great offices of state was occupied by a white man for the first time in history. 

However, the Cabinet appointed under Liz Truss was short-lived as Kwasi Kwarteng departed from his post as Chancellor in wake of the mini-budget fallout. 

Shortly thereafter, Suella Braverman, then Home Secretary, announced her resignation following a “technical infringement of the rules,” which involved the sharing of government documents through her personal email account. 

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Speaking of Sunak’s appointment, Lord Boateng said: “Modern Britain is diverse Britain. 

“It shows that we have a mature political democracy that can build on the positives of the past but create something new – something in which we can genuinely say that people can be judged not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

During his time as a Labour MP, Lord Boateng himself made history as he became the UK’s first black Cabinet Minister. In 2002 he was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury under the Labour Government led by Tony Blair.

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Fellow life peer Lord Karan Bilimoria also celebrated the appointment of the UK’s first Prime Minister of colour.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari, Lord Bilimoria said: “Rishi has got to where he is through meritocracy. Through a country that has changed from having a glass ceiling.”

He added: “That glass ceiling has now been shattered – anyone in this country can get anywhere regardless of race, religion or background. Rishi is an example of that.”

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