Labour Leader addresses inequalities with voters in the Midlands via virtual dial-in event

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Labour Leader Keir Starmer has spoken with voters in the Midlands via a virtual dial-in event.

He addressed the Public Health England report which confirmed BAME people are more likely at risk and also spoke about inequalities.

Speaking about the impact coronavirus has had on ethnic minority communities, Angela from Wolverhampton asked: "If we have the testing capacity, why not focus it on the more vulnerable groups?

"Don't wait for that second wave and then publish more figures. Perhaps the symptoms that we present with are not as evident and are being overlooked, so come and speak to us. Black Lives Matter."

He says, he was "disappointed" the review didn't have practical recommendations and when asked what Labour what do about it, he said: "We need to look at guidance for people who are particularly exposed."

It comes after Mr Starmer wrote to the Prime Minister calling on him to urge the United States and President Trump to respect human rights and the “fundamental democratic right to peaceful protest”.

It follows the death of an unarmed black man. George Floyd died after a white officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking days of protests in the US and now, the [UK](http://Thousands gather across the UK to protest against George Floyd death).