MP calls for probe into 'racist' CPS

An MP is demanding an inquiry over alleged comments the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) made to a senior crown prosecutor, after she won a race discrimination case against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Maria Bamieh is awaiting the outcome of a second claim following continued frustration of her promotion efforts (The Lawyer, 14 June).

Her Labour MP for Hendon Andrew Dismore claims the DPP told her “if you now obtain a promotion, you would be seen as a troublemaker” after her earlier victory.

Dismore says: “I have little doubt that there is a serious problem of racism within the CPS and urgent action must be taken to deal with this.”

He is asking the Commission for Racial Equality to start a formal investigation.

A CPS spokesman says: “The matter raised is the subject of an employment tribunal to be heard next year. We would not want to go into detail before the case is heard and consider any material or evidence associated with the case to be sub judice.”