UK Parliament: Call for support an Oath to abide by British Values from Public Officers

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 Cabinet Office, Ministerial Code, January 2018 , para 1.1

The #caseyreview was set up in 2015 by the then Prime Minister David Cameron to consider what could be done to boost integration in isolated and deprived communities.

In a wide-ranging set of recommendations, the review called for a new “oath of integration” enshrining British values for all holders of public office.

Every public office-holder should swear an oath of allegiance to British values, the communities secretary Sajid Javid has said. The pledge would cover elected officials, civil servants, and council workers, but could also be extended to NHS, BBC staff and maybe British Values "Act of Parliament" before 29 March 2019. 

Britain has developed some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world especially, the British Values for tolerance, fairness, transparency and accountability.“We can’t expect new arrivals to embrace British values if those of us who are already here don’t do so ourselves, and such an oath would go a long way to making that happen.”

The new "Oath of Allegiance" will not only improve integration efforts but, may also help the reduction of British-white people relocating from the part of the country where they are no longer majority as identified on social cohesion by Dame Louise Casey, which said some sections of society did not accept British values such as tolerance. 

Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Javid said he was “drawn” to Dame Louise’s recommendation to bring in an oath of allegiance because it was impossible for people to play a “positive role” in public life unless they accepted basic values such as democracy and equality.

The oath could include phrases such as “tolerating the views of others even if you disagree with them”, as well as “believing in freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from abuse ... a belief in equality, democracy, and the democratic process” and “respect for the law"

Complexities of Brexit are beginning to dawn on Ms May’s ministers and the cross political parties. “If we are going to challenge such attitudes, civic and political leaders have to lead by example. 

 Ms Champion said that many Labour members and politicians based in London had “never been challenged by a reality that’s different” from their largely “tolerant, multicultural world”.

“London is not representative of the UK and it’s definitely not representative of the north of England in relation to race,” she said. “Rotherham and many post-industrial towns are still segregated.”

 Shabana Mahmood MP on Twitter
“Integration is a two-way street - my response to the Government on the #caseyreview


 Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the move would not combat radicalisation.

She told Sky News: "I have nothing against it in principle"

Former chancellor George Osborne hailed the idea as a "great initiative", and ex-culture secretary John Whittingdale also said he supported the oath.

Dame Louise said there were areas that were struggling to cope with the pace and scale of change they faced as a result of immigration while there were still large social and economic gaps between different ethnic groups.

In particular, "she highlighted the plight of rule of law subjected to violence and criminal acts of abuse, often enacted in the name of cultural values”. In her report, Dame Louise said that immigrants should be made to take an “oath of allegiance” to improve integration efforts.

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