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Tory MP who joked about ‘Scottish slaves’ promoted by Rishi Sunak

The Prime Minister announced four new and revamped departments which he said would “ensure the right skills and teams are focused on the prime minister’s five promises”.

Greg Hands was appointed the new Tory Party chair, following the sacking of Nadhim Zahawi over a tax scandal.

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Grant Shapps becomes the Minister of the newly formed department for Energy, Security and Net Zero; Kemi Badenoch takes on the role of Business Minister, Michelle Donelan becomes Science, Innovation and Technology Minister and Frazer takes over a revamped Culture, Media and Sports role.

Who is Lucy Frazer and what is her background?

The National: Lucy Frazer has had many roles in the CabinetLucy Frazer has had many roles in the Cabinet

Born in Yorkshire, Lucy Frazer was educated at the private Leeds Girls’ High School before attending Cambridge.

She is a former barrister who worked in commercial law in London, becoming a QC (Queen’s Counsel) when she was 40. Her title is now KC (King’s Counsel) following Charles’ ascension to the throne.

Frazer has been the MP for South East Cambridgeshire since the 2015 General Election.

The 50-year-old has taken on several Cabinet roles before. They include a junior role in the justice department under Theresa May before being moved up to solicitor general for England and Wales by the then PM.

Following Boris Johnson’s election, she was appointed prisons minister, followed by role in the Treasury before becoming transport minister under Liz Truss and then housing minister under Rishi Sunak.

She is the 15th Tory to hold the housing post in just 12 years, and the fifth in just eight months.

‘Scottish slaves’ joke controversy 

The National: Lucy Frazer experienced ire from Scots over her slavery jokeLucy Frazer experienced ire from Scots over her slavery joke (Image: UK Government)

Frazer found herself in hot water in 2020 after making a joke about sending Scots to “colonies” as slaves.

The 2015 clip of Lucy Frazer suggesting transporting Scots as slaves could be the answer to the West Lothian Question was unsurfaced in 2020 following the public debate over Britain’s involvement in the slave trade at the time.

The Tory has since apologised for the comments that sparked anger north of the Border.

The UK minister made the joke in the Commons in response to a question over voting rights.

Egged on by her colleagues Frazer said at the time: “[Cambridgeshire] is the home of Oliver Cromwell, who defeated the Scots at Dunbar, incorporated Scotland into his Protectorate and transported the Scots as slaves to the colonies.

“Now there is an answer to the West Lothian question – but not one that of course I would recommend.”

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MPs around Frazer then erupted into laughter.

The West Lothian Question asks whether MPs from the devolved nations should be able to vote on England-only matters.

Social media users were furious with the old clip, with one writing: “Slavery it’s all a bit of a laugh really for the Tories.”

Others called the joke “appalling” and “disgusting”.


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