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Ed Miliband: New Labour Leader

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Congratulations to the New Labour leader Ed Miliband.

This was an extraordinary victory given that his brother David Miliband was ahead throughout the Labour leadership campaign and throughout the count until the last round. But won he has and richly deserved.

Labour members have made their choice. They want the party to move closer to it's working class roots, and make a clear distinction from the coalition parties.

The rise of the inequality deniers

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Sadly, there is never a shortage of African, Caribbean and Asians who will deny even what their political party bosses know to be the truth: persistent structural inequalities on the grounds of race in all areas at all levels of society. This is what the coalition Government leaders said at an OBV event:

The London Peace Awards

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Community workers were rewarded for their contributions at the London Peace Awards held recently.

The GLA supported event attended by London Mayor Boris Johnson aims to acknowledge the contributions of people who have worked to promote peace and cohesion in London.

The event which is now in its tenth year is held across London boroughs. It was set up by the Peace Alliance to organise programmes that increase community cohesion, reduce crime and raise awareness of community safety.

The united states of Miliband

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This was the message from David Miliband to the Labour Party in his first address to the Labour Party in Manchester and his first since losing the Labour leadership contest to younger brother Ed on Saturday.

He was defeated by a narrow margin of 1.3% of the popular vote in part due to strong union backing for his brother Ed.

David who was the bookies favourite for the Labour crown for the duration of the race addressing the party faithful this morning spoke of his respect for his younger brother and the importance of party support.

Diamonds: Conflicting stories

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The Naomi Campbell and Charles Taylor blood diamonds affair dominated the headlines for a considerable number of days.

There was plenty of talk and pictures of the events leading up to the diamonds being allegedly given by Taylor former President of Liberia to Campbell.

What we most certainly did not see was an endless stream of reports outlining the path that blood diamonds take in reaching western jewellers to satisfy the insatiable demand.

Livingstone beats King to the Labour nomination

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Ken Livingstone has won the Labour nomination for Mayor of London and will go on to challenge Boris Johnson in 2012, it was announced today.

Livingstone beat rival, Oona King, with 68.6% of the votes.  The former MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and self-confessed Blairite polled 31.4% of the ballot.

Mr Livingstone was elected by a ballot of Labour's 33,000 members in the capital, along with members of organisations affiliated to the party, including the unions.

Labour debacle: Rahman runs as independent

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Earlier this week we were the first to report that Labour Party HQ had overturned the official result of the Tower Hamlets Mayoral selection won by Luftar Rahman.

The newly installed Labour candidate Helal Abbas, the current leader of Tower Hamlets Council came third in the original ballot.  What the second place Labour candidate John Biggs, who should have rightly claimed the place of the recently deposed Rahman, makes of this one can only guess.

Sewell: Blame Black boys for underachievement

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Educationalist Dr Tony Sewell has courted controversy once again by stating that institutional racism in education plays no part in the educational failure of African Caribbean children in UK schools. In 2008, the Department for Education reported that only 27 per cent of black boys achieve five or more A*-C GCSE grades. African-Caribbean boys are also the group most likely to be excluded from school.

Nick Griffin shunned in Liverpool

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The people of Liverpool it seems are not interested in entertaining the sentiments of Nick Griffin who was forced to abandon an unscheduled stop in Church Street Liverpool, when more than 100 people staged an impromptu demonstration this week.

Alan Brown, regional co-ordinator for Merseyside Unite against Fascism said there had been no pre warning that Griffin would be in Liverpool.

It is not known if his appearance was meant to coincide with the Liberal Democrat conference being held at the Echo Arena.

Asian man's jaw broken in racially motivated attack in Rochdale

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Reports from a leading Manchester newspaper have confirmed that a 27 year old Asian man was repeatedly kicked in the face by a group of up to eight youths who hurled racist abuse at the victim while they attacked him breaking his jaw. The attack happened in broad daylight in Church Street Rochdale on Monday.

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