Labour 'active' on race equality

Congleton Guardian: Sadiq Khan is pledging Labour will be "active" in seeking racial equality. Sadiq Khan is pledging Labour will be "active" in seeking racial equality.

A Labour government would consider legislation to force companies to recruit more woman and members of ethnic minorities to their boards, if they failed to do so voluntarily.

And Labour would take action to increase racial diversity in police forces, the civil service, magistrates' courts and the judiciary.

The proposals will be unveiled later today by shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, who will say that the impact of Government policy on ethnic minority communities will be "one of the highest priorities" of a Labour administration.

Mr Khan will point to figures suggesting that black and ethnic minority voters could play a crucial role in determining next year's general election, with research suggesting that their votes could decide as many as 168 seats in England and Wales - up from 99 in the 2010 poll.

Describing Britain as a "hugely unequal country for minority ethnic people", Mr Khan will highlight new figures showing that, while unemployment amongst white Britons fell by almost 15% over the last year, it rose by 5.4% for mixed race people, 3.3% for Bangladeshis and 4.5% for those of a black African and Afro-Caribbean background.

Tackling racial inequality is not only a moral and political issue, but also a necessary part of boosting the UK's economy, Mr Khan will say. A Labour government will be "active" on issues of race equality and will be "willing to intervene where no progress is being made, rather than shrugging our shoulders and hoping things improve on their own", in contrast to the coalition under David Cameron, for whom the issue has been "barely an afterthought".

If it wins power in next year's general election, Mr Khan said Labour will:

:: Consider legislation to improve diversity in boardrooms if companies fail to act voluntarily;

:: Introduce a new legal requirement for police forces to have active recruitment policies to increase diversity;

:: Set a target of doubling to 18% the proportion of elite "fast stream" civil servants from ethnic minorities, as well as increasing numbers from working-class backgrounds to 24%;

:: Reform the Government's Work Programme to give more support to jobless people from ethnic minorities.

A review has been commissioned to draw up proposals to ensure that judges and magistrates better reflect the make-up of modern British society, and Mr Khan will say that Labour has taken "nothing off the table" to achieve this.

Speaking to Operation Black Vote in east London, Mr Khan is due to say: "My bus driver father could only have dreamed, as a new arrival to London in the 1960s from Pakistan, that three decades later his son would be the first Asian MP to attend Cabinet. As a country we have clearly done much to break down the barriers of racial discrimination.

"But the fact is that Britain remains a hugely unequal country for minority ethnic people. If you are black or Asian in Britain today you are significantly more likely to be unemployed, will earn less and live a shorter life than your white neighbours. This is a moral issue and political issue - an injustice that offends our basic values of fairness. But it is also terrible for both our society and economy."

Mr Khan will say that all minority groups still continue to face "inequality based on the colour of our skin", though this can vary between communities, with some facing inter-generational poverty, unemployment and low educational achievement or discrimination by police using stop and search powers, and others suffering from a "glass ceiling" which excludes them from the top jobs.

And - with Labour leader Ed Miliband making inequality a central theme of Labour's election campaign - he will say: "It will be impossible to make Britain a more equal country and close the gap between those at the top and the bottom of our society, without also tackling racial inequality.

"Ending race inequality isn't just about helping black or Asian people; it's about improving the lives of everyone in Britain. The shocking unemployment rate in ethnic minority communities limits economic growth and increases the cost of welfare. We need to unleash the economic potential of young Black and Asian Britons to grow our economy."

He will add: " Race equality has barely been an afterthought for David Cameron's Government. They have taken their foot off the accelerator and as a result, the progress made by the last Labour Government has gone into reverse.

"Unemployment in black and Asian communities has gone through the roof - ethnic minority Britons are now twice as likely to be unemployed as white Britons. There has been no progress in making our police force reflect the communities they protect. And Government cuts have disproportionately hit black and ethnic minority Britons.

"The next Labour government will put in place a clear strategy for tackling race inequality and give it the weight it needs to succeed. We will be an active government, willing to intervene where no progress is being made rather than shrugging our shoulders and hoping things improve on their own. Across all government departments, the impact of government policy and work on ethnic minority Britons will be one of our highest priorities."

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4:17pm Thu 15 May 14

RealLivin says...

Surely Operation Black vote is as racist as any program to target only white votes, and surely the whole point of a democracy is the majority win, so of course minorities will loose out. While I agree some education to some bigots and morons is required most people will say the best man/women for the job gets it, irrelevant of race/colour/religion
/sex. However those that seem to be less inclined to follow this are those who are at the top, bosses and politicians.
The only inequality is giving minorities extra powers because they are minorities, this undermines democracy, the downfall of democracy is the majority win even if the majority are idiots and morons. Other than a dictatorship the only other option is a ruling elite who decide what gets done irrespective of how we vote and this is the direction we seem to be going in.
Surely Operation Black vote is as racist as any program to target only white votes, and surely the whole point of a democracy is the majority win, so of course minorities will loose out. While I agree some education to some bigots and morons is required most people will say the best man/women for the job gets it, irrelevant of race/colour/religion /sex. However those that seem to be less inclined to follow this are those who are at the top, bosses and politicians. The only inequality is giving minorities extra powers because they are minorities, this undermines democracy, the downfall of democracy is the majority win even if the majority are idiots and morons. Other than a dictatorship the only other option is a ruling elite who decide what gets done irrespective of how we vote and this is the direction we seem to be going in. RealLivin
  • Score: 5

4:55pm Thu 15 May 14

Crossbenchtory says...

So it is now Labour policy for employment to be based race and gender.

Clearly this breeches Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights which reads as follows

Prohibition of discrimination

The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.

The Labour Party is showing it's true colours, it is a party of discrimination that will happily enshrine in Domestic Law a system which not only encourages discrimination on the basis of Race and Gender but makes it a legal requirement.
So it is now Labour policy for employment to be based race and gender. Clearly this breeches Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights which reads as follows Prohibition of discrimination The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status. The Labour Party is showing it's true colours, it is a party of discrimination that will happily enshrine in Domestic Law a system which not only encourages discrimination on the basis of Race and Gender but makes it a legal requirement. Crossbenchtory
  • Score: 3

6:27pm Thu 15 May 14

welshmen says...

Another gem awaiting Saint Tony Blair and his mate Cameroon...

.A British Prime Minister has been warned that he faces a severe public reprimand for placing himself above parliamentary law.

Illegal private promises to go to war from Tony Blair, prior to either evidence or parliamentary approval, to support US President George W Bush in Iraq, are to be highlighted by the Chilcott inquiry.

The long awaited report from the inquiry into the war headed by former senior civil servant Sir John Chilcott is due to be published by the end of the month.

Sir John will write to Mr Blair to warn him that he will be criticised in the report regarding his promises to former US President Bush that the UK would support the USA in a war while negotiations were still taking place at the UN.

The inquiry has been hampered by David Cameron’s refusal to allow private correspondence between Tony Blair and President Bush to be published.

The letters written in 2002 show that Blair offered to support the US if Bush decided to attack Iraq a long time before the Cabinet or the Commons gave their assent to war.

They were written well before the sexed-up report on Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction and the phony intelligence was created to give the invasion a legal facade.

Chilcott has stated: "The inquiry intends to write to the relevant individuals at the end of this month informing them that the committee has concluded that there are areas in which some aspect of the part they played means the inquiry is likely to make a criticism.

“The inquiry recognises the seriousness with which any criticism of an individual is likely to be regarded by that individual and it is determined to adopt an approach which is balanced, considered and fair.”

David Cameron wrote in reply: “I agree that it is important to ensure that those who the inquiry intends to criticise are informed clearly, but the complex declassification discussions must be completed before this can take place.”

While it has been clear that Blair took Britain to war illegally to support the fascist Zionist agenda of the US Bush government, it has only recently become evident that Cameron is trying to stop the inquiry doing its job by preventing relevant correspondence from being examined by the inquiry.

Both Cameron and Blair must cooperate with the inquiry. Cameron, of course, knows that one day he is likely to face a similar inquiry over Libya. Cameron and Blair are legally obliged to assist Chilcott rather than hinder the inquiry. Blair's war crime must be fully examined and Cameron must do his utmost to reveal the truth....
Another gem awaiting Saint Tony Blair and his mate Cameroon... .A British Prime Minister has been warned that he faces a severe public reprimand for placing himself above parliamentary law. Illegal private promises to go to war from Tony Blair, prior to either evidence or parliamentary approval, to support US President George W Bush in Iraq, are to be highlighted by the Chilcott inquiry. The long awaited report from the inquiry into the war headed by former senior civil servant Sir John Chilcott is due to be published by the end of the month. Sir John will write to Mr Blair to warn him that he will be criticised in the report regarding his promises to former US President Bush that the UK would support the USA in a war while negotiations were still taking place at the UN. The inquiry has been hampered by David Cameron’s refusal to allow private correspondence between Tony Blair and President Bush to be published. The letters written in 2002 show that Blair offered to support the US if Bush decided to attack Iraq a long time before the Cabinet or the Commons gave their assent to war. They were written well before the sexed-up report on Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction and the phony intelligence was created to give the invasion a legal facade. Chilcott has stated: "The inquiry intends to write to the relevant individuals at the end of this month informing them that the committee has concluded that there are areas in which some aspect of the part they played means the inquiry is likely to make a criticism. “The inquiry recognises the seriousness with which any criticism of an individual is likely to be regarded by that individual and it is determined to adopt an approach which is balanced, considered and fair.” David Cameron wrote in reply: “I agree that it is important to ensure that those who the inquiry intends to criticise are informed clearly, but the complex declassification discussions must be completed before this can take place.” While it has been clear that Blair took Britain to war illegally to support the fascist Zionist agenda of the US Bush government, it has only recently become evident that Cameron is trying to stop the inquiry doing its job by preventing relevant correspondence from being examined by the inquiry. Both Cameron and Blair must cooperate with the inquiry. Cameron, of course, knows that one day he is likely to face a similar inquiry over Libya. Cameron and Blair are legally obliged to assist Chilcott rather than hinder the inquiry. Blair's war crime must be fully examined and Cameron must do his utmost to reveal the truth.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

7:30pm Thu 15 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

When I come across a politician who is brave enough to declare in public that they will do the same for LGBTQ people, together with equal pay - and not just for the managers, but for us lower-paid workers - then I might consider voting for them. Too bad that not one amongst them has had the courage to say this yet.
When I come across a politician who is brave enough to declare in public that they will do the same for LGBTQ people, together with equal pay - and not just for the managers, but for us lower-paid workers - then I might consider voting for them. Too bad that not one amongst them has had the courage to say this yet. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -2

8:42pm Thu 15 May 14

Scott Michael O'Neill says...

My issues with political "strategy" is that it often feels like a series of soundbites and actions that are designed to get a political party over the line.

I understand that people need to adapt and change with the times but should that be at the cost of guvung up your fundemental beliefs and values?

Social inequality is something that needs to be addressed on a continuous basis and at multiple levels but enforcing an "affirmative action" style policy will only serve to marginalise and create resentment towards people who "got a hand up".

Companies just need to select a BOD that is representative of it's staff, environment and customer base so that all things are considered.
My issues with political "strategy" is that it often feels like a series of soundbites and actions that are designed to get a political party over the line. I understand that people need to adapt and change with the times but should that be at the cost of guvung up your fundemental beliefs and values? Social inequality is something that needs to be addressed on a continuous basis and at multiple levels but enforcing an "affirmative action" style policy will only serve to marginalise and create resentment towards people who "got a hand up". Companies just need to select a BOD that is representative of it's staff, environment and customer base so that all things are considered. Scott Michael O'Neill
  • Score: 0

5:58pm Fri 16 May 14

varteg1 says...

Quote.....

..........They were written well before the sexed-up report on Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction and the phony intelligence was created to give the invasion a legal facade........


I am still trying to understand what it was that Saddam had....

. WMD's......factual or fictional, would hardly have caused either the UK or the USA any great problem considering the massive retaliatory power both possess.

I suppose after seeing what has happened with Libya, Egypt, and now Syria, and the attempts to de-stabilise in other Muslim countries, all apparently supported practically or tacitly by the western powers, one can only come to the conclusion the plans were well and truly laid well outside of the remit and control of governments.

It appears that many of the conspirational films that flood out of Hollywood and elsewhere, potentially have a large element of truth behind their plot lines.

Maybe provided to lull us into a mind set that readily and casually accepts these adventures as normality itself.
Quote..... ..........They were written well before the sexed-up report on Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction and the phony intelligence was created to give the invasion a legal facade........ I am still trying to understand what it was that Saddam had.... . WMD's......factual or fictional, would hardly have caused either the UK or the USA any great problem considering the massive retaliatory power both possess. I suppose after seeing what has happened with Libya, Egypt, and now Syria, and the attempts to de-stabilise in other Muslim countries, all apparently supported practically or tacitly by the western powers, one can only come to the conclusion the plans were well and truly laid well outside of the remit and control of governments. It appears that many of the conspirational films that flood out of Hollywood and elsewhere, potentially have a large element of truth behind their plot lines. Maybe provided to lull us into a mind set that readily and casually accepts these adventures as normality itself. varteg1
  • Score: 0
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