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Report shows that Labour will take over 320 years to achieve equality at the top

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Now Labour themselves are saying what talented minority Labour activists and community champions have known for a long time: Labour practices inequality at all levels and especially at the top.

A damning report by some of Labour most prominent BAME politicians and activists has called on The Labour Party’s hierarchy to make immediate and radical changes to address the way talented ethnic minority candidates are selected within Labour at all levels, especially in Parliament.

You can read the whole report here

In short, this report sums up the reasons why we setup All People’s Party (APP) and confirms what minorities have been saying for years.  Minorities have been vindicated.

The report is supported by some of Labour’s most prominent BAME politicians and activists including Diane Abbott MP and Councillor Patrick Vernon OBE and was submitted in response to Lord Ray Collin’s ‘Building a One Nation’ Interim Report.

It paints a sorry picture of the way talented minorities are treated by Labour after engaging with Labour’s bureaucratic selection process, sometimes successfully.

Labour leader Ed Miliband spoke last year of building a Labour Party that ‘looks like the diverse country we serve’. But Black Labour activists speak of deliberate misinformation and manipulation; a lack of transparency with local branches intentionally  not using their BAME nomination; a lack of diversity on interviewing panels; and a lack of support from the Party, especially from those at the top.

In short, this report sums up the reasons why we setup All People’s Party (APP) and confirms what minorities have been saying for years.  Minorities have been vindicated.

The numbers prove that yet again Labour values minority votes, and not them. Labour wants talented minorities to remain foot soldiers all their lives.

Two statistics stand out in particular:

  1. First, the Black British population in the UK is now 5.5% and numbers 3.1 million. 55% of London is non-white.
  1. Second, if Parliament truly reflected the diversity of Britain’s population there would be 36 Black MPs (currently only 8, five of which are Labour).
 Since the number of Labour Black MPs has risen from three to just five MPs over 23 years (1987-2010), it will be about 2330 by the time there are 36 Black Labour MPs in the House of Commons – that’s 320 years from the 2010 General Election.

 

This is not acceptable. The numbers prove that yet again Labour values minority votes, and not them. Labour wants talented minorities to remain foot soldiers all their lives.

The report makes recommendations that APP has also been calling for Labour to make:

  1. Assigning one seat in every three to a Black or Asian seat in areas where there is a high Black or Asian population.
  1. Holding open primaries in areas with a high minority population and where the local party does not reflect the diversity of the community.
  1. Imposing ‘All BAME Shortlists’.
  1. Increasing the proportion of Black staff at both national and regional levels.
  1. Having regional targets for BAME representation for local government, Parliamentary candidates, MPs, Peers and all forms of public office at regional level.

Talented minorities want to know what Labour are going to include in their 2014 and 2015 manifesto, otherwise talk is cheap and change will never happen.

The task for Labour is to now turn their words into action and produce a gameplan to implement corrective actions in 2014 so that by 2015 this inequality at the top is eradicated.

Labour must answer both when and how they will ensure their politicians are selected so the composition and full talent of Britain is truly reflected, particularly in Southwark and in London, where ethnic minorities are woefully underrepresented.

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If those at the top of Labour think diversity and equality at all levels, particularly at the top, is important they must show by taking decisive action.Talented minorities want to know what Labour are going to include in their 2014 and 2015 manifesto, otherwise talk is cheap and change will never happen.  Minorities are not going to be fooled again.

APP hopes Labour will consider seriously the concerns and experiences of talented minorities whilst campaigning for their votes in 2014 and 2015.

We are talented, we are community champions and we are leaders. All we want an equal and fair chance to compete and represent our communities at the top. It isn’t much to ask.

You can read the report in full here

Written by APP Reporter

APP Reporter covers all of the work APP candidates are doing in their community, finding out about the issues that affect residents and continuing to spread APP's vision of fighting for equality at the top.