A black MP has lifted the lid on racism in parliament, describing one incident among many when she was mistaken by a colleague for a "cleaner".
Dawn Butler, Labour's MP for Brent Central and the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the story when she was asked if she had encountered racism in parliament.
“Yes - God, there are so many incidents," she said on Pienaar's Politics on Radio Five Live on Sunday.
“There was a time when I was in the lift. It was a Members’ lift that Members of Parliament use specially in cases (where) we have get to places quickly.
“I was in the lift and some other MP said: ‘This lift really isn’t for cleaners’.”
When asked who had said this, she would only repeat that it was another MP.
Butler, who was elected in 2015 having failed to win re-election in 2010, repeated her claims about a 2006 encounter with a former Tory minister.
"There was another incident where David Heathcoat-Amory when I took my team onto the terrace to have lunch, he said 'where do you think you are going' and to cut a long story short, he said 'this place is going to wreck and ruins, they'll let anybody in nowadays'," she said.
"I did give you the short version of the story; the long version is even more horrific."
Heathcoat-Amory denied this at the time, saying: "It is quite absurd... What she is actually objecting to is that I didn't recognise her as a new MP."
Butler also criticised the lack of diversity at tonight's Oscars, where all 20 actors vying for awards are white.
She said: "What we need is diversity, diversity of thought, diversity of choice and there are some brilliant actors, I just can't believe some of the brilliant black actors who haven't received awards ever."Suggest a correction