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Shipley MP Philip Davies continues fight against political correctness
Shipley MP Philip Davies has vowed to continue his campaign against political correctness following criticism that he bombarded the equalities watchdog with “bizarre” inquiries.
Among the questions he asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was “is it offensive to black up?”
And in one of a series of 18 letters sent since April 2008, he also questioned whether it was right to take disciplinary action against a police chief for describing a BMW car as “black man’s wheels”.
Mr Davies said: “I have never hidden the fact I want to tackle the scourge of political correctness.
“I make no apology for highlighting inconsistencies in the way issues of political correctness are dealt with.”
Among correspondence sent to the EHRC, Mr Davies asked: l Whether the Metropolitan Black Police Association breaches discrimination law.
l Whether it was legal for a job advert to specify that applicants had to be female and/or black or of an ethnic minority.
l Whether a “Miss White Britain” contest or a “White Power List” would be racist.
l Whether anti-discrimination laws ought to be extended “to cover bald people.”
Mr Davies said he had had “some success” in his campaign after the Decibel Penguin Prize, a short story competition for black and Asian writers, was forced to change its entry criteria.
He said: “A lot of damage is done to race relations and community cohesion when action is not taken against organisations which discriminate against white people and I am determined to do something about it.”
A spokesman for the EHRC said: “We are a public body, accountable to parliament and to MPs and we will continue to answer Mr Davies’s letters as we would any other MP.”