Following recent comments made by Harriet Harman MP about UKIP, our Treasurer Andrew Reid wrote an open letter to her inviting her to an event on the 4th February celebrating the 35th anniversary of the firm RMPI LLP.
RMPI LLP is a limited liability partnership of solicitors, a partnership between Andrew Reid, the UKIP Treasurer, and Christine Minty who were its founding members.
You can read the full letter below:
Dear Ms Harman,
In the light of your comments referring to UKIP as 'Neanderthal sexists' may I take this opportunity to invite you to an event on the 4th February celebrating the 35th anniversary of the firm RMPI LLP.
RMPI LLP is a limited liability partnership of solicitors, a partnership between myself, Andrew Reid the UKIP Treasurer, and Christine Minty who were its founding members.
The company employs nine women and three men: four of the women are in senior positions.
We have a remarkable track record on issues of equality and discrimination and cases we have worked on (and won) include the 1998 sex-bias case of Rachel Anderson hailed as “a landmark decision” and “ arguably the single most influential act that a woman in the [football] industry has undertaken”. The case set a precedent that “it is discriminatory to refuse entry to a woman purely on the grounds that it is a men only function”. Our clients have varied between, at one extreme, Lord McAlpine, Treasurer of the Conservative Party, and at the other, a leader of one of the African freedom parties opposing Ian Smith.
Our employment procedures and our case load are exemplary when it comes to equality. We have always selected our partners and employees on merit, regardless of gender, race and religion because we understand that equality of opportunity is a moral matter of right and wrong. It is also a matter of expediency because we want the best people available, and we know that talent is not confined to one gender, one ethnic group or one religion
Prejudice is not confined to any one political party, as I am sure you appreciate, and I think in light of your recent comments that it would be advantageous for you to see a working example of how a senior UKIP officer interacts with and employs others equally, without favour and without prejudice.