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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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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Local parties need to take action now to address lack of diversity in council chambers

Posted on January 22, 2013

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…)

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#census2011 reveals a widening gap in race inequality

Posted on December 11, 2012

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. ...

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Lord David Pitt the pioneer

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. ...

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Vince Cable promises better BME representation

Posted on September 26, 2012

I've always said that a promise worth making is a promise worth recording! So the promise Vince Cable made to improve Black, Asian and other minority ethnic political representation in the Lib Dems is one we should remember. Campaign group Operation Black Vote quoted the business secretary here.  I hope that Cable holds to his pledge regardless of whether he is party leader after the next general election. He was, until the last election, ...

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No leading black councillors in Britain

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…)

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Britain’s “Obama moment” 25 years ago demands reflection

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…)

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Bernie’s dream still a long way off

Posted on June 11, 2010

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…)

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