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Adam Afriyie: Minister in waiting

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Britain’s first Conservative MP of African descent, Adam Afriyie should be in line to become a Minister in a much anticipated Government reshuffle.

Elected in 2005, Afriyie quickly became a rising star, appointed as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Universities and Skills. On 23 March 2010, Afriyie looked across The House of Commons Dispatch Box to face his parliamentary opponent David Lammy MP, a quite symbolic moment in British political history.

Capello and co. don't understand racism

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First it was the FIFA president Sepp Blatter who suggested it's ok to racially abuse someone on the field as long they shake hands afterwards. Then it was the turn of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish who didn’t see any problems with Patrice Evra being booed by fans, seeing it as banter.

Concerns for breast cancer support group for Asian women

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A radiologist fears for the future of a support group launched to improve early diagnosis of breast cancer amongst Asian women.

Consultant radiologist Anil Jain at University Hospital of South Manchester launched the group in October 2011, hoping to improve cross-cultural communication between doctors, nurses and the Asian community, and allow patients and carers to share their experiences.

Yorkshire BME groups could close over budget cuts

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The dramatic budget cuts imposed by the coalition government across the board could trigger off bigger problems in society. That is the fear of campaigners in Yorkshire, who fear that a number of organisations promoting racial justice and helping vulnerable people in BME communities could be forced to close due to severe cuts in funding.

John Terry stripped of captaincy

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The Football Association have stripped John Terry of the England captaincy, it was announced earlier today.

The decision was made after his trial for the alleged racist abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand was delayed until July 9 following a hearing at Westminster Magistrates court on Wednesday. Terry denies the charges.

John Terry to stand trial after EURO 2012

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England captain John Terry will stand trial for alleged racist abuse against QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in July.

The Chelsea skipper did not attend the first hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London but his barrister George Carter-Stephenson QC, entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

The trial is set to take place on July 9, nine days after the final of the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, meaning he could captain England during the games while having the charge hanging over him.

Jacob Michael’s death in police custody

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A Home Office pathologist concluded that Jacob Michael, who feared for his life at the hands of the police, died in custody on 22nd August of ‘excited delirium’, a term not even recognised by the Department for Health.

According to witnesses, Michael was repeatedly hit with police batons after fleeing his home when two officers from Cheshire constabulary entered his bedroom and released pepper spray into his face. He was later restrained by 11 officers which resulted in broken ribs and torn liver.

EDL founder Alan Ayling suspended from his management post

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It has been reported that the founder and key funder of the English Defence League has been suspended from his management post in the City.

Alan Ayling, who is said to have used the alias 'Alan Lake' was suspended by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development after he was named as the EDL's founder, according to UAF.org.uk.

Racist torch foreign owned shop

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The police in Northamptonshire believe that hard core racists are behind a string of arson attacks leveled at a Polish Deli. Dectives working on the case believe that the attack was deliberate and are linking this crime with a similar incident just before Christmas at the same shop.

The owner, Slawomir Mordon, stated, he would have to close his business for at least ‘six or seven months’.  He said,

To smack or not to smack?

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David Lammy MP has sparked a furious debate about a parent’s right to smack their children. He himself admitted to ‘occasionally smacking’ his own young children. London Mayor Boris Johnson waded into the debate arguing that it is up to the discretion of the parent and the ‘State should not interfere’.

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