Conservatives are criticised over lack of ethnic minority faces in picture of Tory HQ staffers

The Conservative Party has been criticised for having a lack of ethnic diversity after a picture has emerged showing Tory HQ staffers on election night.  

Liam O’Hare shared the image on Twitter with the caption: ‘Every single staffer at Tory HQ is white. 

‘In 2019 in the most diverse city in the world, that is quite a remarkable feat.’

Liam O'Hare shared the image on Twitter with the caption: 'Every single staffer at Tory HQ is white'

Liam O'Hare shared the image on Twitter with the caption: 'Every single staffer at Tory HQ is white'

Liam O’Hare shared the image on Twitter with the caption: ‘Every single staffer at Tory HQ is white’ 

The picture shows Boris Johnson giving a victory speech at The Conservative Campaign Headquarters in Westminster on election night as the results of his 365-seat majority came in. 

Staffers are seen taking photos of Mr Johnson as they documented the Tory landslide victory on Friday. 

Yet the lack of ethnic minority faces has led to the photo being branded ‘quite extraordinary’ and it has been shared more than 5,000 times on Twitter. 

People to Twitter to share their opinion on the photograph taken at The Conservative Party Headquarters in Westminster on election night as the results of his 365-seat majority came in

People to Twitter to share their opinion on the photograph taken at The Conservative Party Headquarters in Westminster on election night as the results of his 365-seat majority came in

People to Twitter to share their opinion on the photograph taken at The Conservative Party Headquarters in Westminster on election night as the results of his 365-seat majority came in

David Hindbery commented: ‘To all the people out there scrutinizing the picture to find one non-white person: If you have to search, to find any diversity, then the point is made.

‘You can’t suddenly find one person, and then think it’s all good.’ 

Tracey S added: ‘And they claim to be the most diverse party going!’ 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds watch the 2019 Election results on the TV in his study in No10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds watch the 2019 Election results on the TV in his study in No10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds watch the 2019 Election results on the TV in his study in No10 Downing Street

That’s mad and says a lot about the Tory party,’ David commented on the post. 

Marcus added: ‘The photo speaks volumes.’ 

Speaking to staff at CCHQ Mr Johnson said the party had ‘changed the political map’, telling a victory rally: ‘In winning this election we have won votes and the trust of people who have never voted Conservative before and people have always voted for other parties.’

The photograph comes after statistics were shared on Twitter this week highlighting the number of LGBTQ MPs in the 2019 election. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arriving in Downing Street after the Conservative Party victory

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arriving in Downing Street after the Conservative Party victory

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arriving in Downing Street after the Conservative Party victory 

The three biggest parties had a total of 45 LGBTQ MPs according to statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Conservative Party led with 20 LGBTQ MPs, Labour Party with 15 and the Scottish National Party (SNP) with ten.  

Mr Johnson walked back through the door of Number 10 on Friday with girlfriend Carrie Symonds, 31, on his arm, having reclaimed his title of the ‘Heineken politician’ – the leader who reaches the parts others cannot.

He smashed Labour’s vaunted ‘red wall’, saw both socialist Jeremy Corbyn and Remainer Jo Swinson resign the leaderships of their parties, and secured the largest Tory majority since Margaret Thatcher.

The Prime Minister who only this autumn had a majority of minus 40 – and who only a year ago was on the backbenches – secured his place in Downing Street for the next half-decade.

The Conservative Party were contacted for comment.  

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