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Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad

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People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

Ed Miliband makes race equality pledge

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Politicians often make promises they can’t keep,"

said Ed Miliband to an audience of 200 people at the Croydon BME Forum and OBV event yesterday.

But this is a promise you can count on, and you are my witnesses: if Labour win the coming election, in every Government Department there will be a comprehensive Race Equality Strategy to tackle those persistent inequalities that many Black people face.”

The Million Man March – October 1995

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19 years ago this week, African-Americans in the United States gathered en masse for a march on Washington DC. Minister Louis Farrakhan led thousands of Black men as they gathered to declare their rights to equal justice.

Ex Radio 1 DJ withdraws Ukip calypso song

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Up unill today, Ex-radio DJ Mike Reid and Ukip leader Nigel Farage saw no obvious offence in making an anti-immigration song, in a faux calypso accent.

Aimed at stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment, Reid’s song includes lyrics about “Open borders”, and “illegal immigrants in every town”.

But yesterday Mike Reid did an about-face and has apologised for causing offence and asked his record company to withdraw the song.

Blue plaque homage to Walter Tull

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Yesterday, Walter Tull was honoured with a Nubian Jak Blue plaque in Tottenham, where he lived and made his name as a football star. Tull was the first black outfielder to play in the English premier league, making his football debut just around the corner from where the plaque was unveiled in 1909. Years later he would join the army to fight in WWI, becoming the first black British army officer. Unfortunately he ultimately lost his life on the battlefield in 1918.

Festival of Lights

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The festival of lights has arrived, a celebration that creates joy and festivity throughout communities. The festival celebrates the victory of good vs. evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The celebration marks a new begging, and represents all the good virtues we seek such as forgiveness, love and knowledge. The festival is celebrated by the Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities.

Labour’s challenge up North

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“LABOUR is finished!” That was the first response I heard from one of its activists in Yorkshire as the implications of the party’s near defeat in the Heywood and Middleton by-election, a safe North West constituency, sunk in. Suddenly Nigel Farage’s threat about his “people’s army” unleashing its revenge against a Westminster elite does not seem like a vainglorious boast after all.

Walter Tull to get Nubian Jak Blue plaque

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Totthenham Hostspur legend Garth Crooks is to unveil the Nubian Jak Blue Plaque in honour of his hero Walter Tull.

When Walter Tull stepped onto the hallowed pitch at White Hart Lane on 1st September 1909, he became the first professional outfield Black player to play in England’s premier football division.

Within eight years of making his debut for Tottenham Hotspur, he would become the first Black British army officer in the war to end all wars.

Sadly, a year later he would make the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

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