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Boris Johnson’s promise to relax stop and search rules shows the danger of his populist agenda

Communities afflicted by violence need care, not criminalisation. But our new Prime Minister is more interested in playing to bigoted populist sentiments than in supporting BAME citizens

By Zainab Asunramu  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Sir Stephen House QPM, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (left) and Home Secretary Priti Patel attending the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London. Image: PA

Black, Asian, and ethnic minority people “are suffering not from the overuse of stop-and-search… but from the potential underuse of it.” Those are the words of the Conservative MP for Shipley, Philip Davies, during a Westminster Hall debate on stop and search operations during my second week as a parliamentary assistant last May. He went on to say “when it comes to the most serious offence of all—murder—it ​is clear…

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