Brown accused of race discrimination

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Cabinet appointments have drawn discrimination accusations from a noted equal rights advocate.

Brown accused of race discrimination
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Cabinet appointments have drawn discrimination accusations from a noted equal rights advocate.

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, has accused Brown of not appointing an appropriate number of women or minorities to his Cabinet, The Sunday Mail reported.

Phillips also accused the new prime minister of not offering two Muslim members of his Cabinet the proper salaries for their new positions.

The equal rights official recently pointed out that all full members of Brown's Cabinet are white and threatened to resign his position should that problem not be addressed.

Sources close to the situation said Phillips is equally frustrated with the current inequality within the British government.

Brown was immediately defended by former Parliament member Oona King, who told the Mail the prime minister is a fervent believer in equal rights.

"These criticisms of Gordon are a complete travesty. As someone who's gone round the country with him during the past two months," King said, "I've seen at first hand the passionate interest he takes in issues affecting women and minority groups."

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