Recently appointed Number 10 aide Andrew Sabisky who was strongly criticised after previous online comments he made about black people being less intelligent than white people, has quit his role.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been facing increasing calls to sack Sabisky after the comments came to light in which he suggested that that black Americans have a lower average IQ than white Americans have emerged.
Sabisky, 27, was appointed as a Number 10 advisor following a call by the prime minister’s chief advisor Dominic Cummings for “misfits and weirdos” to apply for jobs.
Other comments in which he voiced support for compulsory contraception to prevent a “permanent underclass” also came to light.
Downing Street had previously refused to condemn comments from Sabisky, leading to increasing criticism of prime minister Boris Johnson.
Writing on twitter this evening, Sabisky wrote: “The media hysteria about my old stuff online is mad but I wanted to help HMG not be a distraction. Accordingly I’ve decided to resign as a contractor. I hope no.10 hires more ppl w/ good geopolitical forecasting track records & that media learn to stop selective quoting.
“I know this will disappoint a lot of ppl but I signed up to do real work, not be in the middle of a giant character assassination: if I can’t do the work properly there’s no point, & I have a lot of other things to do w/ my life.”
Earlier in the day, Ian Lavery, the Labour party chairman, said: “It is disgusting that not only has No 10 failed to condemn Andrew Sabisky’s appalling comments but also seems to have endorsed the idea that white people are more intelligent than black people.
“Boris Johnson should have the backbone to make a statement in his own words on why he has made this appointment, whether he stands by it, and his own views on the subject of eugenics.”