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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.

Lewisham Labour selection: Brilliant all BME women list

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The Labour party have selected four dynamic women of colour to stand for the vacant and safe parliamentary seat of Lewisham East left by Heidi Alexander.

Although the party does not have an ‘all BME’ short list policy, the talent was such that these four women emerged as the strongest candidates.

Whist this is good news on one level, it also demonstrates how far Labour has to travel to ensure talented women and men from African, Asian and Caribbean backgrounds get equitable opportunities to represent their communities and their country.

Joseph Ejiofor: New Leader of Haringey Council

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Not since Bernie Grant in 1985, has Haringey Council had a Black leader, but last week the ruling Labour group elected Joseph Ejiofor to become its new leader.

Cllr Ejiofor, who served as deputy leader during Claire Kober’s administration, secured the most votes at Haringey Labour branch’s annual general meeting

The result means he is likely to be sworn in as new council leader at the Full Council AGM next Thursday, May 24.

He tweeted:

Lord Adonis racist tweet: Will the Labour Party expel?

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The cartoon re-tweeted by Labour veteran Lord Adonis racially mocking the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid as a ‘cocunut’ who would send home his Pakistani parents because of his new political role , is not only below the standard of a prominent peer, but it is deeply racist and of course extremely offensive.

Tower Hamlets/TFL: Shameful bullying of Mr Wang

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Frank Wang has greeted Bethnal Green commuters for the past 15 years from his mobile coffee van outside Bethnal Green station. Come rain or shine he is there, if you haven’t got enough money or the right change, ‘don’t worry’ he’ll say, ‘pay next time’. To those who find themselves in a much worse predicament Frank always offers them a hot cup of chocolate and snack. That’s Frank. A humble, hard working man of the people.

Keith Vaz MP supports Marc Wadsworth

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The veteran Labour MP has publically come out in support of recently expelled Black activist Marc Wadsworth.

In a 700 word letter to the Labour hierarchy Vaz points out that what has happened to Mr Wadsworth is a ‘horrible injustice’.

Mr Vaz - who has been a long time parliamentary supporter of Labour Friends of Israel - warned expelling Mr Wadsworth would send an extremely negative message to the black community.

Make voting a family affair

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During every election and referendum bar none, ever since my son could walk, he has accompanied me to the voting booth. At times I’d even bribe him, "Come on son, let’s go and vote. Afterwards, we'll see if we can get some Ben 10 Aliens, you know Stinkfly, Upchuck or Fourarms."

As he became older, he would want to put the cross in the box for me, which nearly became hazardous when he mistook what I pointed at. ‘No, no son, that lot really hates us’ I intervened, as he went to put a cross next the BNP candidate's name.

Kanye slavery statement is off the rails

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Kanye West has always been a self publicist grabbing the headlines with controversial statements. However, even for him his recent pronouncement is totally outlandish and offensive. He was Trump's chump from day one, visiting the President within days of his election and having their picture taken outside Trump Tower. He has for the last year or so declared his unwavering support for President Trump defending the indefensible. Yesterday he went even further by making the idiotic and bizarre statement that slavery was a self imposed choice by African Americans.

Sajid Javid becomes Home Secretary

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The Prime Minister Theresa May announced this morning that Sajid Javid is to become the Home Secretary making him the highest ranking BME politician ever.

The decision to appoint Javid this most prestigious job by the Prime Minister will be in some way to reduce the heat and harm caused to BME communities by the Windrush scandal.

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