Only Affirmative Action can tackle scandal of disproportionate Black unemployment

Posted on March 30, 2015

Black Britain has always been in recession ever since the 1970s. Even in the boom years of the mid-2000's African and Caribbean unemployment was higher than White unemployment is now. The difference is that while White people are mired in an economic slump, the working age Black population are stuck in a Great Depression. (more…)

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Tackling fuel poverty in Sutton

Posted on November 14, 2013

I am leading a cross-committee taskforce in Sutton looking at fuel poverty. Fuel poverty has been rising dramatically in recent years, continuing an upward trend that began as long ago as 2003. (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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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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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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Has George Osborne already ditched Equality Impact Assessments?

Has George Osborne forgotten to do an Equality Impact Assessment on his budget again? (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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72 MPs signed Mary Seacole petition

Posted on February 8, 2013

The 36,000 people who signed the Mary Seacole petition were thanked today. They were instrumental in securing victory after education secretary Michael Gove unveiled the new schools curriculum. In addition, the number of MPs of all parties, who signed the Commons early day motion had climbed to 72 before yesterday's announcement. A full list of MPs is included below. (more…)

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