Michael Gove: Black children marked down by teachers


In a speech given yesterday, The Secretary of State for education Michael Gove has reignited the fear that many Black parents suspect, namely:

‘Children from ethnic minorities are being marked down by teachers who expect them to do worse than others in tests.’

He called it the, ‘soft bigotry of low expectation’. Gove went on to claim that evidence shows that Black students do better in external assessments that are marked without bias or knowledge of the pupil.

'Bristol could elect Europe's first black mayor'


You point out (Comment, 10 November) that in the Bristol mayoral election tomorrow there are 15 candidates, but there is another story to be told. Bristol can make history. If Labour's Marvin Rees is elected, he will become the first directly elected mayor of African-Caribbean descent, not just in this country, but across Europe.

Derek Webley for Birmingham's Police chief


Derek Webley speaks at his rally

Young people from the city’s ‘Burgers’ and ‘Johnson’ crews took the unprecedented step of standing together publicly in the New Testament Church of God, during an election rally attended by more than 1,000 people on Tuesday night [Nov 13].

It was Webley’s final push in a ‘bring out the vote’ rally in his Lozells church, just 48 hours before the country goes to the polls to elect a series of PCCs across the UK.

Diane Abbott: Celebrating 25 years in politics


At the end of Black history month an extraordinary event took place in which over 1000 people attended, including political grandees, academics, writers, actors, poets and news presenters.

Astonishingly, to my knowledge there was about zero coverage in the media of such a monumental event. It was D-Day: Diane Abbott Day which Goldsmiths College were hosting in the form of a whole day and evening celebration of Diane Abbott’s 25 years as a parliamentarian.

Baroness Warsi: Black communities 'are key to our future'


In a ground breaking speech, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi stated:

Discrimination, intolerance, prejudice and bigotry - we need to stamp these out if we want to be better intergrated….Fighting bigotry and intolerance is key to enable people to intergrate, to participate and to reach their full potential.

In her first major speech since the Government reshuffle, Warsi made it clear that tackling these problems has wider implications than just a moral imperative:

Police Commissioners: Power to the People?


On November 15, the results of the Coalition Government's reforms to the police will become clear for all to see. Elections foe the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in 41 Constabulary areas in England and Wales outside London will take place for the first time, and the effects the results and the institutions themselves will have upon the affected communities remains to be seen. However, there is some cause for concern when the details are examined.

Baroness Warsi: 'Win minorities, win majorities'.


The Foreign Office minister believes her party must learn from President Barack Obama’s recent triumph.

And in a warning to David Cameron, she ups his call for an Aspiration Nation with the need for “an Integration Nation”.

She will insist our prosperity is being damaged by barriers preventing non-white groups from succeeding.

The 41-year-old of Pakistani origin will claim Britain would be £8.6billion a year richer if minorities were empowered.

She will say in a speech:

Marvin Rees: Now let’s have our own Obama moment


Marvin Rees may not be  the UK’s Barack Obama, but if he is elected, like President Barack Obama he will make history and he will inspire hundreds of thousands of Black people in the UK and beyond.

If Marvin is elected on the 15th of Nov, he will become the first directly elected Mayor of African descent, not just in the UK but right across Europe. Equally, governing a major city with a nearly 400 million pound budget, he becomes on of the most powerful Black men in the country .

'Mail from the Equalities Commission. You're fired'


We are counting them out and counting them in, as the BBC man Brian Hanrahan said during the Falklands conflict. We are doing much the same as senior officials move the chairs around at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. A very strange process it is too.

There are interviews this week, but already we know that two commissioners, Simon Woolley and Lady Meral Hussein-Ece, have been judged surplus to future requirements by the new commission chair, Lady O'Neill.

God bless America


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