Just before Prime Minister’s Questions in Equalities Questions (in World Aids Week) today, I raised the appalling treatment of migrant and LGBT workers in Qatar and FIFA failing to defend the rights of LGBT supporters at the Football World Cup.
I asked: “My Rt Hon Friend will have seen the news today that between 400 and 500 migrant workers were killed building the stadia in Qatar.
“Does this not make FIFA’s decision to choose Qatar as a location even more ridiculous, and will she join me in condemning FIFA in the way that they have kowtowed to the government of Qatar in relation to their anti-LGBT bullying?”
Equalities Minister, Kemi Badenoch, answered: “My Hon Friend raises an excellent point; ministers and senior officials have raised the concerns of LGBT visitors with Qatari authorities at all levels, and will continue to engage on the issue during the World Cup. And in fact, the Minister for Equalities, the member for Pudsey, is out there supporting LGBT people, and continuing engagement to ensure that they are protected.”