The Government ordered Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report was heavily criticised for being culturally deaf, out of step with public opinion, and “steeped in denial” after saying it had found no evidence of institutional racism. The Prime Minister said of the report yesterday: “I don’t say the Government is going to agree with absolutely everything, but it has some original and stimulating work in it.”
He added: “There are very serious issues our society faces to do with racism that we need to address.We’ve got to do more to fix it, we need to understand the severity of the problem.
“We’ll be making our response.”
Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen was killed by racists in 1993, said the report could allow hatred to flourish.
Baroness Lawrence said: “Once you start covering it up, it’s giving the green light to racists.”
Meanwhile, Downing Street said the departure of Mr Johnson’s adviser on civil society, Samuel Kasumu, had “absolutely nothing” to do with the report.
He was reportedly unhappy in Government for some time. He will stay in post until May to continue work on improving vaccine uptake in ethnic minority groups.