Promise to end BAME pay gap is off the political agenda

Posted on October 5, 2013

It's ten years since prime minister Tony Blair promised to eradicate the 'ethnic penalty' of the pay-gap between BAME and white workers. As we reach this deadline today's government is silent on the issue. (more…)

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Nick Clegg welcomes Black History Month

Posted on September 30, 2013

I am delighted that Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, has made a statement welcoming Black History Month which begins tomorrow. I had a hand in this! (more…)

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Appearing on BBC South Politics Show

Posted on September 29, 2013

I appeared on BBC South Politics show this morning to talk about the Operation Black Vote report - which I authored - into the Power of the Black Vote. You can watch this programme for the next seven days here. The segment starts after 40 minutes and lasts five minutes.  

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Keeping Mikey Powell’s memory alive

Posted on September 9, 2013

Last Saturday marked the tenth anniversary of the death of Mikey Powell in Birmingham. I am sorry I was not able to get up to the community meeting and rally this weekend, however I am encouraged that people have not forgotten this tragedy. (more…)

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Guardian: Minority election – could black voters swing it in UK in 2015?

Posted on September 7, 2013

The Guardian this week published a feature on how black voters can swing the 2015 general election. The piece, written by Hugh Muir, is sparked by research by Operation Black Vote which I authored. I am also quoted in the article talking about the Lib Dem perspective. (more…)

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80s Gremlins attack equalities laws

Surely the prize for the daftest excuse for a government policy has to be the idea that equality laws are a ‘burden’ and the best way of working towards equality is to, err, abolish equality laws. (more…)

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Do we need community leaders?

I took part in a fascinating live debate on last nights’ Dotun Adebayo BBC London show on the subject of leadership. (more…)

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Black voters can decide who wins the next general election

I was delighted that two months work has ended with high-profile coverage in The Guardian today. A study on the Power of the Black Vote - commissioned by Operation Black Vote - looks at the extent to which the BAME electorate can influence the result of the 2015 general election. And the conclusion is clear: we have the power! (more…)

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BBC London debates racial profiling immigration stop-checks

Posted on August 4, 2013

I was delighted to be invited onto the BBC London 94.9fm Dotun Adebayo show this evening along with Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote to speak about the immigration stop-checks at London stations this week.  (more…)

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Tomorrow’s leaders

I am grateful to The Big Debate and Elevation Network for inviting me to speak at an event to mark the start of The Big Debate's 2013 tour at the Stephen Lawrence Centre last night. (more…)

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