Helen Grant MP: We salute Walter Tull


In an impassioned article the Minister leading the programme to mark the centenary of the First World War Helen Grant makes the case for Walter Tull and others like him to be  celebrated by al. This in a week when football legends Garth Crooks and Sol Campbell signed a letter to the Prime Minister insisting that Walter Tull be awarded a posthumous military cross for his bravery on the battle field.

Sapeurs: The creativity of African fashionistas


For years, designers have used African influences as their inspiration for their collections. This reverse fashion fusion fully exploded onto the British fashion through the work of British Ghanaian tailor and designer Ozwald Boateng. Boateng burst on the scene in 1991 and became famous for his innovative creations, which included colourful linings inside suits, and the use of more colour in men’s formal attire, which in many ways comes from the vibrant African heritage of colour and panache. This become Boateng’s signature touch.

Labour: Whitehall is too white


If the Labour party come into power in 2015 they have pledged to ‘bust open’ the closed club that is Whitehall. In a speech at the Think Tank IPPR the Shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher announced that the elite Fast Stream programme will aim to comprise 18 per cent black and ethnic minority candidates (double the current level) and 24 per cent working-class candidates.

Sajid Javid appointed to Cabinet


Sajid Javid made history today by becoming the first Black and Muslim Secretary of State ever. In the last few hours Javid was  appointed to Government's Cabinet as Secretary of State for Culture and Media.  He has taken over from the beleaguered Maria Miller who resigned earlier today.

Changing the face of London's police


The Head of the Metropolitan Police has announced his support for a temporary 50/50 recruitment programme to help increase the number of Black and minority ethnic (BME) officers.

Speaking to BBC London recently, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe stated that as of right now, the police force was not representative of the London population. A 50-50 recruitment programme would require that half of all recruits be from the BME community.

Stockport twinned with extremist French Mayor


The election of a far-right mayor in Béziers, France, the twin-town of Stockport, has prompted calls from a local Councillor for Stockport Council to cut ties with the French town.

The election of the new mayor, Robert Ménard, who represents the Front National Party, has caused the local Labour leadership to question the propriety of twinning with the town.

Stockport has been twinned with Béziers since 1972, but Labour Councillor Andy Verdeille, after the FN victory in the French local elections last week said:

Caribbean students are still behind


Despite recent news that minority pupils are surpassing white British students, black Caribbean students continue to rank at the bottom of the government’s GCSE league tables according to the Department for Education’s 2012/2013 statistics.

Stop the politics of hatred at EU elections


The European, and local elections consistently get less than 40% of the electorate voting. Many Black people tell me all the time 'what’s the point in voting.' At a meeting in Parliament discussing Black issues a woman, sarcastically remarked:

‘If voting made a difference they would ban it.'

I hear that flippant remark a lot.

With racism on the rise both overt and subtle, African, Asians, Caribbeans and other minorities don’t have the luxury not to vote.

Double risk of stroke amongst BME communities


Despite being a treatable condition, stroke continues to be the third leading cause of death in England and the largest cause of disability. Therefore a stroke awareness campaign has been launched by Public Health England which highlights the importance of acting ‘F.A.S.T’ as soon as stroke symptoms present themselves.

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson in race row


The BBC may be sued by an Indian-born actor for airing an episode of Top Gear in which host Jeremy Clarkson used a racial slur against Asians.

In the recently aired Top Gun Burma special, Clarkson had just finished building a bridge. As an Asian man walked across it, Clarkson said “That is a proud moment, but there’s a slope on it.” Slope is a derogatory name for people of Asian descent. The origins of the slur are unclear, but it was used more commonly between the 1940s and 1960s in reference to Vietnam.

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