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Ones to Watch: Taking The Initiative Party makes its electoral debut

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Amidst the more heavily publicised mayoral elections in the capital and elsewhere, local level contests around the country are brimming with impactful stories. 

Scottish Election 2021: Anas Sarwar faces his first huge test as Scottish Labour leader

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Anas Sarwar is preparing to lead from the front in what is his first huge test as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. Sarwar was elected in late February following the resignation of former leader Richard Leonard. In doing so, he became the first British Pakistani Muslim MP to lead a major political party in the UK. Both he and Scottish Labour head into the May 6 elections aiming to re-establish their place as Scotland’s second party after a disappointing showing in 2016 - but it will prove a hard task.

Jimi the Hero: Petition to honour Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole amasses over 136,000 signatures

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More than 136,000 people have now signed a petition calling for a memorial plaque to be erected on London Bridge in honour of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, better known as ‘Jimi’.

The UK marks Stephen Lawrence day

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For the third time since its 2019 inception, Stephen Lawrence day is being marked by the nation. 

It is a celebration of Stephen's life, a life that was cut short by a racist murder of a beloved son, on this day in 1993. 

"It was pivotal for me, my family, the world" - America reacts to Derek Chauvin's conviction

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'It was pivotal for me, my family, the world.' George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd spoke of the importance of last nights events which saw Derek Chauvin convicted of second - and third-degree murder charges, as well as second-degree manslaughter.

Black Maternal Health Debate | MPs demand targets to address disparities faced by black women in pregnancy

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Further research is needed before the government can set targets to address disparities in Black maternal health outcomes, according to Health Minister, Nadine Dorries.

The response was given when pressed on the matter by the MP for Battersea Marsha de Cordova, and after the MP for Bath Wera Hobhouse queried whether communication issues left non-white Mothers without all their necessary choices. Dorries said that progress into the research on ‘near misses’ would allow for the government to begin to set targets.

All for nothing: Unless you register to vote

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  • 11:59pm on Monday 19 April marks the deadline for registering to vote in the 6 May 2021 elections
  • 9 May 2021 sees the first major vote in the UK since George Floyd’s murder
  • Lord Woolley urges to register now and demand to be heard
  • Awareness campaign ‘All for nothing’ by Saatchi & Saatchi has been created to support Operation Black Vote

 

Kate Osamor, Diane Abbott, Taiwo Owatemi and more support Fivexmore ahead of parliamentary debate next week | Help push for change

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The campaign group behind Fivexmore are pushing ahead with efforts to raise support before a parliamentary debate on Monday, 19 April.

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