Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan has unveiled Labour’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Manifesto in Leicester with Labour leader Ed Miliband.
The Manifesto sets out Labour’s plan to break down the barriers still facing people from BAME backgrounds.
Over the last Parliament Labour had more MPs from BAME backgrounds than all of the other parties combined. And we are proud that we have a talented new generation of 52 political candidates from BAME communities standing in the forthcoming General Election. The candidates that win their seats will be a strong voice for Britain’s diverse communities.
As a country we have made huge strides. Over the last 15 years, we have seen the first ethnic minority CEO of a FTSE 100 company, the first BAME High Court Judge, and the numbers of BAME students attending university has more than doubled.
However, the current Government abandoned many of the measures designed to tackle discrimination and entrenched inequality. As a result, the number of young BAME people out of work for more than a year has risen by 49 per cent and our institutions are not yet representative of the diversity of our country.
Labour’s BAME manifesto sets out our key pledges and policies for a fairer, more just and more equal society.
Commenting on the BAME Manifesto, Purna Sen, Labour’s BAME candidate for Brighton Pavilion said:
“I believe that whatever your race, religion and ethnicity you should have the means and opportunity to fulfil your potential.
“As a BAME candidate, I am proud that Labour has pledged to strengthen BAME representation in public life and champion the rights of BAME communities.
“I would work with the Party to ensure that new policies across departments promote equality and improve the life chances of those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.”
Purna Sen in Brighton Pavilion with campaigner Baroness Lawrence
Labour’s better plan for a more equal society:
- We will introduce a cross-government race equality strategy to drive progress across government.
- We will build an economy that works for working people, extending opportunity and tackling the discrimination that holds people back.
- We will raise the National Minimum Wage to more than £8 an hour by October 2019.
- We will ensure better and more inclusive public services, with our Parliament, police and judiciary representative of the communities they serve.
- We will build stronger and more cohesive communities, with tougher action against hate crime, including rising anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
- We will improve the representation of ethnic minorities in public life.
- We will re-engage with the world to promote human rights, justice and religious tolerance.