Rabinder Singh QC sworn in as High Court judge


Britain's first Sikh judge of the High Court was sworn in at the Royal Courts of Justice this week.

Rabinder Singh QC becomes the first Asian and only the second lawyer from a Black and Minority Ethnic background to be promoted to the High Court. The 47-year-old follows in the footsteps of Dame Linda Dobbs, who has been a High Court judge since 2004.

Shabana Mahmood appointed shadow minister for Business, Innovation and Skills


Labour leader Ed Miliband's recent shadow cabinet reshuffle was a signal of his intent to bring new life into the party and move with the times.

The 27-member shadow cabinet is now made up of 13 women and a number of MPs who were only elected into office at the 2010 general elections.

One of the progressive moves was installing Chuka Umunna, often labelled as Britain's Barack Obama and a potential future leader of the country, as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Hip Hop Black Scientists & Inventors


For some Hip Hop is all about suggestive lyrics, blinged up rappers and explicit videos. But for others, Hip Hop is a movement which has elements which celebrate Black culture and pay homage to individuals from the past who have paved the way as inventors and pioneers.

So what is the relationship between Hip Hop and Black Inventors? Michael Williams, who co-authored the Black Scientists & Inventors series, is set to host an evening exploring this theme, looking at the five elements which make up Hip Hop cultures and their relationship with inventions and inventors.

Dr Rami Ranger honoured at World Sikh Awards


He started his first business in 1987 with just two quid in his pocket but today Dr Rami Ranger MBE overlooks an empire with an annual turnover of £120 million.

Most influential Black person?


Someone at the London Mayor’s office and the Metro newspaper wanted to be positive about Black history month. Hat’s off for that. But the way they have gone about it, unless there is something we cannot see, is so bewildering that it almost undermines the project. Almost.

Asking the public to vote for the most influential Black person, and then putting the USA President Barack Obama alongside Kwasi Kwateng MP or Oprah Winfrey along with BBC Radio Five Live presenter Dotun Adebayo just doesn’t make sense.

Former EDL members jailed for racist attacks


TWO racists who were part of the English Defence League (EDL) are beginning year-long sentences after attacking a mosque and two Asian-run businesses.

Steven James Vasey and Anthony Donald Smith attacked the Nasir mosque in Hartlepool, spraying the letters EDL and NEI (North East Infidels) along with the slogan "no surrender" and images of poppies and the St George flag on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid.

Chuka Umunna promoted to Labour's shadow cabinet


Chuka Umunna has been promoted to Labour’s shadow cabinet after being named as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The 32-year-old is a number of MPs who were only elected last year and takes over from John Denham who stepped down from the shadow cabinet ahead of the reshuffle.

Umunna has been tipped for big things ever since he was elected as Member of Parliament for Streatham in May 2010 and he took to his Twitter feed to express his delight.

Umunna wrote,

Nobel Peace Prize honours women's rights activists


Three women including Africa's first female president have been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for their fight for women's rights.

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was honoured alongside compatriot Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkul Karman, with Nobel Peace Prize committee leader Thorbjorn Jagland praising their "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work".

Southend councillor suspended over alleged EDL links


A Conservative councillor in Southend has been suspended for allegedly having links with the English Defence League (EDL).

Cllr Blaine Robin was suspended by the Tory party last night after attending an EDL meeting where he was apparently praised for his support of the far right group's protest in Tower Hamlets last month.

A video on YouTube appears to show EDL leader Tommy Robinson pointing out Cllr Robin it a meeting in Southend earlier this year.

Robinson is heard saying,

Protest against cuts to save the youth of today


This summer saw the worst civil disturbances seen in Britain in the last 30 years. Despite those being involved being described by the Prime Minister as “purely criminal”, it is widely accepted that a primary cause of the disturbances, a reaction to the shooting of Mark Duggan, was the fact that thousands of young people living in some of the poorest communities in Britain are feeling both alienated and excluded from society. Public sector cuts to youth service are a false economy, and will cost the country more in the long run.

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