London Lib Dems fail once more on racial diversity

Posted on May 6, 2016

Caroline Pidgeon’s Lib Dems, as the London region was branded in this election, is down to a single solitary Assembly member… Caroline Pidgeon. A far cry from the five-strong Lib Dem team at City Hall in 2004. There are many reasons for this decline – the continued hangover of our role in the coalition; a risk-adverse manifesto; failure to fully utilise the talents and backgrounds of all the party's London candidates; a poor media ...

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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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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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Can activists be politicians?

Can activists become politicians? This might sound like a silly question when you consider how many former activists are in parliament. Famously Labour's Peter Hain campaigned against apartheid South Africa. The young feminist lawyer Harriet Harman fought for human rights. Jeremy Corbyn and Joan Ruddock were leading CND activists. There are many more. Yet where are the campaigners for race equality? (more…)

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