Labour Leader Keir Starmer announces race equality strategy on anniversary of the election of Labour’s first black MPs
Keir Starmer announces race equality strategy on anniversary of the election of Labour’s first black MPs
Keir Starmer has warned that Covid-19 and worldwide events show that “racism, discrimination and injustice are all still rife in our society.”
In a video message today on the anniversary of the election to Parliament of the first black Labour MPs, Keir Starmer announced a set of new measures to improve diversity within the Labour Party and tackle anti-black racism, including:
- Building on Labour’s Bernie Grant Leadership programme to increase representation across Labour’s elected representatives;
- introduce an immediate audit into the diversity of Labour staff, including the representation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic staff;
- an action plan and targets to follow the diversity audit; and
- a training module that works at all levels of our Party on racism and unconscious bias.
In a video message on the anniversary of the first black Labour MPs elected to Parliament, Keir Starmer said:
Today marks the day Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott and Paul Boateng were first elected to Parliament. It was a historic moment and we must recognise the achievement of these great pioneers.
In 33 years progress has been made. But this year the anniversary comes as worldwide events have exposed the fact that racism discrimination and social injustice are all rife in our society.
The reality of anti-Black racism, the impact of covid-19 particularly on Black and Asian communities, and society’s inbuilt racial inequalities have shown that we’ve still got a long way to go.
When I became leader of our party I said my first job was to rebuild trust and confidence in the Labour Party. I want black members to be able to put their trust in me.
Now more than ever it’s incumbent upon political leaders to face up to and address the injustices that still exist in our society. Now is the time for action.
He also said:
As Labour Leader I will work with both Angela Rayner and Marsha De Cordova to tackle anti-black racism.
We will build on Labour’s Bernie Grant Leadership programme to increase representation across all our elected representatives.
We will introduce an immediate audit into the diversity of our staff including the representation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic staff. It will be followed by an action plan and targets.
We will establish a training module that works at all levels of our Party on racism and unconscious bias.
And we will tackle any anti-black racism within our Party. Following allegations from a leaked report we have set up an Independent Investigation chaired by Martin Forde QC.
And we will take action based on its findings.
These are initial steps and over the coming months we will continue to develop meaningful and substantial change. I am under no illusion about the scale of the challenge.
We need overall systematic change within society and our party. As Leader I am dedicated to doing whatever it takes.