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AM's apology for 'racist slur' against black MP

A recording of a phone call has emerged of a UKIP Assembly member in which she appears to make a racist slur against Labour MP Chuka Umunna.

North Wales AM Michelle Brown Credit: ITV Wales

In a statement North Wales AM Michelle Brown says that the language she used was inappropriate and has apologised to anyone that has been offended by it.

The point I was making is that because of his considerable wealth and privilege, Chukka Umunna cannot possibly understand the difficulties and issues that the average black person faces in this country any more than I can, and I stand by that assertion.

I do however accept that the language I used in the private conversation was inappropriate and I apologise to anyone that has been offended by it.

As far as the language I used about Mr Hunt is concerned, it was a private conversation and I was using language that friends and colleagues often do when chatting to each other.

– Statement by Michelle Brown

Meanwhile Labour AM and Assembly Commissioner for Equality Joyce Watson has called the comments unacceptable. She told ITV News it was potentially a matter for an Assembly standards inquiry.


Severe weather warning: rain and high winds

The warning is valid until 7pm Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Archive/PA Images

Large parts of Wales are being warned to expect heavy rain and high winds.

The Met Office says they could mean difficult travel conditions, as the summer holiday season starts for some. Standing water and spray may make journeys longer, and could lead to minor surface water flooding. Winds could be sufficiently strong to cause some bridge restrictions, and bring down branches from trees.

The areas affected. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says conditions could also be hazardous for those engaged in outdoor activities.

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