The Liberal Democrats have announced a set of policy working groups to develop ideas that might become party policy or even make it into the 2020 manifesto. Race equality was missing. This runs the risk of Tim Farron's party heading into the next election without a coherent set of liberal ideas for tackling racial inequality. And this, in turn, acts as a wind drag on the Lib Dems' appeal to Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in an ...
The Sun newspaper today accuses Labour of "stoking hatred" by sending texts and WhatsApp messages to Muslims in a byelection ending next week. "Stoke Central’s Muslim voters warned they will go to hell if they do not vote Labour in anti-Ukip text" thundered the paper. Trouble is, if you look at the actual messages they don't mention hell at all. They are from a Muslim Labour activist who is saying that Allah will judge them if they ...
I am delighted that Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, has made a statement welcoming Black History Month which begins tomorrow. I had a hand in this! (more…)
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…)
The number of black university students has increased, according to UCAS figures published yesterday. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Over a million children in poverty are not getting free school meals with a survey revealing that three quarters of teachers have experienced kids coming into school without a meal or any money to pay for one. Today's report by the Children’s Society is a sad indictment on austerity Britain and the extent to which many thousands of families and young children have been driven below the breadline. (more…)
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…)
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…)