Ex-councillor Raghib Ahsan wins race claim against Labour party


A former Labour councillor who was accused of vote-rigging has won a six-figure payout after claiming he was discriminated against because he was Asian.

Raghib Ahsan has been awarded £123,000 by an employment tribunal following a 13-year-long legal battle with the Labour party.

Two-thirds of the compensation payout is based on allowances which Ahsan would have been able to claim from the council had he continued in office.

EDL and MAC clash on 10th anniversary of 9/11


It was a day for the entire world to reflect on the events of September 11 and the decade which has defined the 21st century.

But outside the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was an excuse for rival extreme groups to spout their bile and bring needless trouble to the streets at a time when tensions are running high.

On the one side was the group Muslims Against Crusades (MAC), who held a protest to disrupt the memorial service, chanting anti-USA slogans as well as burning the American flag.

Mohamed Ibrahim: From school teacher to politician in Somalia


One minute he's helping Somali boys with their English at a north London school, the next, Mohamed Ibrahim is being asked to change to fortunes of Somalia. Sounds like a far-fetched dream but this is the reality that Ibrahim is living after being appointed deputy prime minister.

The day that changed the World


We all remember exactly where we were on that most shocking infamous day. The world as we knew it literally came crashing down with a level of fear not known in Western Europe since the second World War.

On that fateful day I’d driven to Westminster to visit the Directors of - Stephan Shakespeare, and Nadhim Zahawi, who is now a member of Parliament for Stratford on Avon. It was commonplace to drive in and out of central London back then when there was no congestion charge.

Thousands attend Mark Duggan funeral


Thousands lined the streets of Tottenham to pay tribute to Mark Duggan, the man shot dead by police in early August.

His family had expected up to a thousand mourners, instead, many thousands came out in no small measure, to pay their respects but also to serve notice on the police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that their role in this, particularly the ‘misinformation’ after the shooting, needs to be thoroughly investigated.

Baha Mousa's torture at the hands of British soldiers


The armed forces are going through its darkest periods following a landmark inquiry into the death of Iraqi civilian Baha Mousa by British soldiers.

Around 19 soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment (1QLR) were found to have inflicted an “appalling episode of serious gratuitous violence” on father-of-two Mousa who died in their custody in 2003.

Racist crimes still a concern despite fall in figures


The number of racist incidents across England and Wales may have fallen according to the latest Home Office figures released yesterday but there is still a big problem in certain parts of the country.

The figures showed that the number of reported incidents fell by seven per cent in 2010 compared to the previous year - 54,872 incidences in 2008/9 which fell to 51,187 in 2010/11.

Calls grow for Rooney Rule in football


There are growing calls to follow America's lead and bring in the Rooney Rule to encourage more Black managers in the beautiful game. Football has come a long way in this country, embracing different communities and nationalities on the pitch.

Every week, we're mesmerised by South American playmakers, Spanish tacticians and skillful Africans who all add a flavour to the physical nature of English football.

Funeral of Mark Duggan


The funeral of Mark Duggan who was shot dead last month by police will take place tomorrow (September 9).

The service will start at 11am at the New Testament Church Of God, Arcadian Garden, Wood Green N22 5AA. Mr Duggan will later be buried at Wood Green Cemetery, Wolves Lane N22.

Mark Duggan died on August 4 from a single gunshot wound to the chest after the taxi he was travelling in was intercepted by police in Tottenham Hale as part of a pre-planned operation to arrest him.

Happy festivities: Lord Ganesha


There will be colourful celebrations in many cities across India, here in the UK and in other parts of the world as Hindus celebrate the festival of one its most revered Gods, Lord Ganesha, the Elephant God.

In India, some rituals will see statues of their God immersed in water, others will see beautiful choreographed dances. All devotees will enjoy great feasting.

In my home town of Leicester, there will no expense spared on lavish celebrations to a God that above all, brings hope to many that things can be better.

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