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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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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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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#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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The demise of the local race equality council

Whatever happened to the old local Race Equality Councils? You remember them, the office with dirty windows lowering the tone of the High Street. Management committees that played out internecine battles between different communities. Yes, it's true REC's don't have a the most glowing of reputations. But behind the stereotypes existed many well-functioning organisations that made a real difference on the ground. (more…)

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No betrayal of workplace rights

Workplace rights have been hard-fought for and no circumstances on earth to justify whittling them away in exchange for financial bribes. So you can imagine how disappointed I was reading Vince Cable, in today's Lib Dem Voice, defending George Osborne's plan to roll back the centuries of worker protection. (more…)

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