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.
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…)
The number of non-white candidates contesting the local council elections last year was just 3.7 percent, indicating a fall in BAME representation in town halls. A report by a cross-party committee of MPs showed a shockingly low proportion of non-white council candidates ran in the 2012 elections. (more…)
The release of new figures about the 'ethnic minority' population from the 2011 census this morning means that the extent of disproportionate discrimination and inequality has officially risen. No wonder, then, that the 2011 census is to be the last of its' kind. The census, that takes place every decade, is to be abandoned. And as a result no longer shall we be able to accurately measure the extent of institutional racism in years to come. ...
This year we celebrated 25 years since the first Black (African and Caribbean) MPs were elected, but 25 years before this one man to paved the way. Grenada-born David Pitt first stood for election in 1959 and eventually became Lord Pitt of Hampstead. He achieved many 'firsts' and left a real legacy. If today's politicians stand on the shoulders of the likes of Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott and Paul Boateng, they stood on the shoulders of Pitt. ...
The Voice newspaper reports on a demonstration outside Birmingham town hall over the absence of African or African-Caribbean councillors in the city's ruling cabinet. That's not the half of it. None of Britain's ten biggest local authorities have any black representation in a leadership position. (more…)
It's 25 years since Britain's “Obama moment” when four black MPs were elected, the first since the 1920's. The Bernie Grant Trust is to hold a celebration marking the anniversary on 10th June. And if anyone could articulate how far we have yet to go, it would be the late great Bernie. (more…)
We’ve come a long way. We still have a long, long way to go. The words of Dr Martin Luther King as he took stock of gains made in the civil rights movement. Yet the sentiment equally applies when reflecting on the increased numbers of black and Asian MPs at this years’ general election. (more…)