Black students squeezed out of Oxbridge


With the new figures coming out from two of the most prestigious universities in the world, Black British students are once again being squeezed out of the elite establishments. Less than one in 100 students beginning courses at Oxbridge in 2010 were Black, including just 20 of the 2,617 British students accepted to Oxford, a fall from 27 in 2009. The number of new Black students at Cambridge dropped to 16 among an intake of 2,624, compared with 25 the previous year, admissions data show.

Anas Sarwar elected as new deputy leader of Scottish Labour


The son of Mohammad Sarwar, Britain's first Muslim MP has become the newly elected deputy leader of Scottish Labour.

Anas Sarwar, MP for Glasgow Central, beat MPs Iain Davidson and Lewis MacDonald to serve as deputy to Johann Lamont, who was elected as the new leader of the Scottish Labour party at the weekend.

Sarwar was elected into Parliament at the 2010 General Election, taking over from his father in the Glasgow Central seat.

Lee Jasper: Deaths in custody


At Operation Black Vote's headquarters, American civil rights icon Reverend Jesse Jackson gave his full support to a group of campaigners calling for an independent judicial review into the current handling of Black deaths in police custody.

Reverend Jackson joined a number of agencies including Operation Hope and Recovery, The United Friends and Families Campaign, Inquest, Black Mental Health UK, Operation Black Vote and the Campaign 4 Justice have come together to stand with the families who have been affected by these tragedies.

Victory for Seema Malhotra in Feltham and Heston


Seema Malhotra has become the sixth Asian female Member of Parliament after winning the Feltham and Heston by-election last night.

Malhotra, who is only the 28th MP from the Black and Minority Ethnic community, increased Labour's majority from 4,658 to 6,203, a net swing of 8.6 percent from the Conservatives.

The 39-year-old local resident pulled in 12,639 votes while Conservative candidate Mark Bowen came second with 6,436 votes. Liberal Democrats candidate Roger Crouch held on to third place with 1,364 votes.

Reverend Jesse Jackson urges total reform on handling of deaths in custody


American civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson will address a press conference in east London on Thursday to publicly give his backing to the growing number of calls for an independent judicial inquiry into the current handling of deaths in police custody.

A number of agencies including Operation Hope and Recovery, The United Friends and Families Campaign, Inquest, Black Mental Health UK, Operation Black Vote and the Campaign 4 Justice have come together to stand with the families who have been affected by these tragedies.

Unemployment in Britain at a 17-year high


We are heading towards the festive period with the less-than-brilliant news that  unemployment figures in the UK has hit a 17-year high following the loss of thousands of jobs in the public sector.

Official figures show 2.64 million people are now out of work with youth unemployment now standing at over one million. And economists fear the numbers are set to rise in the New Year. The Office for National Statistics said that the current unemployment rate of 8.3 percent was the highest since 1996.

Millions not registered to vote


Nearly six million people who are eligible to vote have not been registered according to the Electoral Commission.

The independent elections watchdog's research shows that the number of people not on the electoral roll has increased over the last decade. The report, released today, also shows that only 77 percent of the Black and Minority Ethnic community are on the register compared with 86 percent of white voters. Shockingly, just over a half of 19-to-24 year olds are signed up to vote while 2.6 million people wrongly believe they have been registered.

Stephen Lawrence accused 'discussed violence against Black people'


The two men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence were caught on camera discussing torture and violence against Black people, a jury heard today.

David Norris and Gary Dobson were secretly recorded uttering racist remarks and the latter was seen carrying a Stanley knife and threatened to use it against a Black man. The covert video was made in 1994 at a flat Dobson was renting with another youth, Charlie Martin, in Eltham, south London. Police bugged the flat to record video and audio.

Duggan family have no confidence in IPCC investigation


The family of Mark Duggan, the man who was shot dead by police in August, have no confidence in the official investigation into his death.

The Tottenham man's death, which is said to have triggered the summer riots that blighted London and other cities in England, is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Father-of-four Duggan was a passenger in a minicab which was stopped in Tottenham by police as part of a planned operation. He died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Government set for forced marriage and domestic abuse consultations


Reports that the Government is planning to use the criminal law to protect victims of domestic violence and forced marriages will be a welcome one for campaigners.

According to reports at the weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is set to launch a consultation to consider proposals as to how domestic violence should be defined for these purposes. The consultation on forced marriage, the Daily Telegraph reported, is to be under the control of the Home Office and is expected to focus of introducing a specific criminal offence.

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