Boris Johnson has revealed that Tony Sewell, an education charity boss with a long record of rejecting the idea of institutional racism, will chair the government’s commission on race and ethnic disparities.
The prime minister announced the commission last month in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, saying there was “much more that we need to do” to tackle racial injustice.
The plan had already run into controversy when it emerged that the head of Johnson’s policy unit, Munira Mirza, who has previously criticised the concept of structural racism, had been tasked with setting up the panel.
Sewell will chair a 10-member panel that includes Maggie Aderin-Pocock, the Sky at Night presenter, and Keith Fraser, the chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales and a former police superintendent.
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