Why the Lib Dems need a race equality policy group

Posted on February 23, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have announced a set of policy working groups to develop ideas that might become party policy or even make it into the 2020 manifesto. Race equality was missing. This runs the risk of Tim Farron's party heading into the next election without a coherent set of liberal ideas for tackling racial inequality. And this, in turn, acts as a wind drag on the Lib Dems' appeal to Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in an ...

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Hellfire and hatred in the potteries

Posted on February 16, 2017

  The Sun newspaper today accuses Labour of "stoking hatred" by sending texts and WhatsApp messages to Muslims in a byelection ending next week. "Stoke Central’s Muslim voters warned they will go to hell if they do not vote Labour in anti-Ukip text" thundered the paper. Trouble is, if you look at the actual messages they don't mention hell at all. They are from a Muslim Labour activist who is saying that Allah will judge them if they ...

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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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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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More to rise in black university applicants than meets the eye

Posted on July 24, 2013

The number of black university students has increased, according to UCAS figures published yesterday. (more…)

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Government equality priorities make no mention of race, faith or disabilities

Posted on June 11, 2013

The coalition's equalities work programme has failed to include a single measure to address race inequality. (more…)

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Clegg should ditch illiberal immigration bond

Posted on March 22, 2013

In just over two years Nick Clegg has gone from supporting an amnesty for asylum seekers to imposing £1,000 immigration bonds, a sure sign that his political compass has become seriously addled by the power of high office. (more…)

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Secret courts will further undermine confidence in the criminal justice system

I welcome the Liberal Democrats' spring conference voting overwhelmingly to condemn the Government plan to introduce 'secret courts' and is saddened by the fact that most of our MPs defied the wishes of the party by voting for this measure in the Commons. (more…)

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Lords win battle to save equalities mission statement

The campaign to save an equality law enshrining Britain’s commitment to work towards the elimination of racism received a boost this week when the coalition peers defied the Government to keep the aspirational statement. Ministers were defeated by over 50 votes as peers voted to keep Section 3 of the Equality Act which expresses the desire to promote good race relations and end prejudice and hate. (more…)

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Starving kids – another indictment of Dickensian Britain

Over a million children in poverty are not getting free school meals with a survey revealing that three quarters of teachers have experienced kids coming into school without a meal or any money to pay for one. Today's report by the Children’s Society is a sad indictment on austerity Britain and the extent to which many thousands of families and young children have been driven below the breadline. (more…)

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