It’s true: Sir Simon Woolley appointed Life Cross Bench Peer

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In our last meeting, whilst Theresa May was Prime Minister she did not disclose her decision to appoint me to the upper House as a Cross-bench Lord. But I should have read between the lines during our chat.

“The work you’ve done with the Race Disparity Unit has to continue. Together Simon, we’ve built a foundation that will help transform Government departments, and deliver better policies to tackle racism” she said.

Trump's racism: When does he lose the benefit of doubt?

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Whether it’s President Donald Trump or Brexit Party Leaders Nigel Farage, the one thing that they can rely upon is a decent society to continuingly give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes calling them out for racial slurs and whipping up a xenophobic and hostile environment.

Transatlantic Inclusive Leaders Network 2019

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This year was a big year for the Transatlantic Inclusive Leaders Network (TILN) , now in its eighth year of nurturing political talent from diverse backgrounds from the USA, and right across Europe.

Kwame Kwei-Armah: Diversifying theatre

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"A Man for All Seasons"

The honing of the Young Vic Theatre as an icon of London’s artistic counterculture has come as a continuous process of reinvention. However, if there is one facet that has remained constant, it’s the Young Vic’s silent revolutionary appeal. Case in point, the nomination of Kwame Kwei-Armah as its new artistic director, following David Lan’s retirement after a decade long direction of the Young Vic.

Black gay men face shocking bigotry

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Within our communities we see how discrimination affects us, but Black women, Black people with disabilities and Black gays often face a double form of discrimination.

A good example is the contentious issues raised when Black gays are involved in mixed relationships and that tension is reflected in the broader politics and culture of gay communities. FS Magazine (published by the gay men's health charity GMFA), recently highlighted this in a study.

UK PLC ignoring BME talent

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The Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity at Manchester University has always been one of those academic institutions that are at the forefront of evidence based research to understand and articulate race inequality. OBV will seek greater ties with these academics and others to ensure the passion of  campaiging is matched with the intellect of academic rigour. In this piece Ken Clark discusses the race equality gap within big business and the efforts to close the gap that would unleash BME talent.

Education: Opening the eyes and minds of our young

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It’s a widely held view that when it comes to racism, today’s generation is much less prejudiced than their parents’ generation. Britain has moved on, so the thinking goes, and become a 'post-racial society'. 

Figures prove case for reform of voting system

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An analysis of the voting in May’s General Election shows the following.

The increase in UKIP’s support was far greater than that of any other party, including the SNP. It won 12.6 per cent of the votes, an increase from the 2010 election of almost 10 per cent. SNP’s share went up three per cent to 4.7 per cent and won 56 seats. UKIP, which had two MPs before 7th May, lost a seat.

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