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RAF chief’s regrets over drive for variety as he insists plan to favour women and ethnic minority candidates wouldn’t have led to drop in requirements
- RAF has launched inquiry into how controversial choice coverage was devised
- Chief of the Air Staff Sir Mike Wigston has informed of his remorse over the plan
- But recruitment chief refused to implement what she known as an ‘unlawful’ coverage
The head of the RAF has informed of his remorse over its plan to favour women and ethnic minority candidates over higher certified white males.
The ‘woke’ variety drive was scrapped after the RAF’s recruitment chief refused to implement what she known as an ‘unlawful’ choice coverage.
Last evening Chief of the Air Staff Sir Mike Wigston mentioned the RAF had launched an inquiry into how such a controversial coverage was devised and very almost carried out.
He acknowledged for the primary time the fall-out from the extraordinary row after a tense assembly with Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, and revealed that Group Captain Elizabeth Nicholl, who walked out relatively than put the plan into observe, had requested the investigation.
Chief of the Air Staff Sir Mike Wigston mentioned the RAF had launched an inquiry into how such a controversial coverage was devised and very almost carried out
Before her resignation she emailed senior officers saying: ‘This is unlawful. I am not prepared to delegate or abdicate the responsibility of auctioning that order to my staff.’
Documents seen by the Daily Mail counsel she was requested to ‘make offers of employment to additional women and EM [ethnic minority] candidates solely on the basis of their protected characteristics and in preference to non-EM men who had passed all selection criteria ahead of them’.
After his assembly with Mr Wallace, Sir Mike mentioned: ‘Earlier this year we explored a recruiting practice to improve the diversity of our workforce. This policy was challenged and never implemented, but I regret that challenge led to our Head of Recruiting and Selection stepping down from her role. A non-statutory inquiry has been launched to understand the circumstances that led to her decision. This is in line with the wishes of the individual concerned.
He acknowledged for the first time the fall-out from the extraordinary row after a tense meeting with Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, pictured above
‘We will always pursue a more diverse RAF in ways that are fair, and there is rightly a healthy debate inside the Royal Air Force about the best way to tackle this.’
Mr Wallace mentioned later he had ‘every confidence’ within the RAF management ‘to recruit for a service that reflects the diverse society we serve in a legal and fair way’.
He added: ‘Together we established there has been no dropping of standards required of potential recruits and there are no plans to do so in the future.’
The RAF has additionally been rocked by claims that pilots from the elite Red Arrows staff sexually harassed and bullied feminine crew members.
It is known some women required ‘consultant level psychiatric care’ and different alleged victims have been discharged from the RAF over to psychological and emotional well being points.
An official report into the misconduct claims is due later this yr.
RAF chiefs are additionally dealing with questions over prolonged delays in producing the subsequent technology of quick jet pilots as junior officers spend months flying desks relatively than warplanes.