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Black Mental Health UK unveils inaugural Top 30 list

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The top agencies and individuals who have made contributions in the area of mental health and ethnicity this year are profiled in the latest edition of The Solution magazine.

Black Mental Health UK’s official online magazine has released their inaugural Top 30 list which acknowledges the many unsung heroes working in the sector and support one of society's most excluded groups.

Campaigners calling for inquiry into deaths in custody

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A number of campaigners joined American civil rights icon Reverend Jesse Jackson at Operation Black Vote's headquarters last Thursday to call for an independent judicial review into the current handling of Black deaths in police custody.

Reverend Jackson spoke said he shared the pain of the families who have lost loved one in custody and said now was the time for a collective movement to call for change.

The Olympic spirit dies in Bradford

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Despite this being an Olympic year in which all our citizens have been encouraged to undertake sport and a valiant campaign by the Manningham Pool Action Committee, the Victorian Society, Manningham residents and JUST West Yorkshire to keep Bradford's unique, historic Edwardian swimming pool open to the public, Bradford Council went ahead and the closed the baths on 8th July 2011 due to a decision to cut costs. Two months later the water from the pool was drained and the building has since been broken into three times.

Black students squeezed out of Oxbridge

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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