Boris Johnson’s most senior black adviser to step down in May

The prime minister’s most senior black adviser is to step down from the government.

Samuel Kasumu will leave his role as special adviser for civil society and communities in May.

It comes a day after a government-backed review of racial disparities in Britain was published.

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’ 2458-page report was criticised for being “steeped in denial”.

But Number 10 sources rejected reports that Mr Kasumu’s resignation is linked to this.

The commission’s report, which explored ethnic and race disparities within education, employment, the criminal justice system and health, argued that the UK is no longer a country “where the system is deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities”.

It said the UK “should be regarded as a model for other white-majority countries” although it cannot be considered “a post racial society”.

“Too often ‘racism’ is the catch-all explanation, and can be simply implicitly accepted rather than explicitly examined,” the report argued.

“The evidence shows that geography, family influence, socio-economic background, culture and religion have more significant impact on life chances than the existence of racism.”

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