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Dear Office for National Statistics,

An e-mail chain was started on 13 July 2020 when a Director signed off an e-mail with the phrase "black lives matter". An employee, whom I believe is a field interviewer, replied to everyone on the distribution list with a diatribe which included questioning whether the murder of George Floyd was racially motivated and also included the phrase "all lives matter". It is also my understanding that other employees also sent e-mails using the "reply to all" function.

I would like all e-mails involved in this matter to be released. This includes the original e-mail from the Director and any and all replies, including those sent as "reply to all".

I would also like to know what, if any, disciplinary action ONS is, or intends to, take against those involved.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Clarke

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