BAME Labour Executive Committee 2015-2017 (Twitter @LabourBAME)
The BAME Labour Executive Committee is democratically elected every two years at BAME Labour National Conference. All paid-up members of the organisation are eligible to stand for election to the committee. The Executive Committee is made up of members from across the country and meets every quarter to set the strategic direction of the organisation, as well as plan events and co-ordinate activity
Chair: Kamaljeet Jandu (Twitter @KamaljeetJandu)
An economist by training Kamaljeet Jandu is a National Officer with GMB and is unique in having worked for both sides of industry to deliver equality outcomes. He was responsible for turning around Ford of Britain from a company vilified for discrimination, to one, which is now recognised as best in class. Before joining Ford, he was a policy officer with the Trade Union Congress and a researcher with the Transport and General Workers Union. He led a community based campaign to unionise cleaners and catering workers at Heathrow Airport who were mainly Asian women.
Kamaljeet was a Commissioner with the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and chaired the London Board of the CRE, where he drove the work of the Board on ‘anti poverty and equality ‘matters. Kamaljeet has written numerous publications on equality. Kamaljeet is also one of London’s candidates for the 2014 European Elections.
He represents BAME Labour on the National Policy Forum
Vice-Chair: June Nelson
June has worked in the NHS for 24 years and as Vice Chair is committed to ensuring that BAME Labour establishes a stronger relationship with BAME communities across the UK. June is an experienced campaigner who gets on well with people from different social and cultural backgrounds. June is an active Labour Party member, a local councillor and an active BAME Trade Union member with a strong belief in socialism and equal services for everyone. June believes that delivering a strong BAME Labour is the best means of ensuring that the Labour Party reflects the wishes of BAME members.
Treasurer: Sonny Leong
Sonny Leong is currently Chief Executive of Civil Service College and Executive Chairman of Academy for Parliamentary & Policy Studies, and Deputy Chair of Future First, a social enterprise company, whose vision is that every state secondary school and college should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community that helps each one to do more for its students.
He is Chair of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth, a parliament based NGO, founded nearly 50 years ago, at the time of the first Commonwealth Education Ministers' Conference. Its purpose is to create an informed public opinion on the salient issues concerning education and training in the Commonwealth and to identify appropriate ways in which Britain and the European Union can best contribute to their development.
He is Chair of Chinese for Labour, an affiliate group of the Labour Party, and a school governor. He represents BAME Labour on the National Policy Forum
National Executive Committee Representative
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP (Twitter @Keith_VazMP)
Keith Vaz made history when he was elected as the first person of Asian origin in the House of Commons for 50 years in June 1987. He is the longest serving person of Asian originMember of Parliament having been re-elected as a Member of Parliament 6 times. He was Britain’s Minister for Europe under Tony Blair. He now serves as the Chairman of the influential Home Affairs Committee. Four years ago he was elected as a member of the Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee and he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2006 to chair its Ethnic Minority Taskforce, a position he still holds.
Born to Goan parents in Aden, Yemen he was educated at Cambridge University where he studied law and then became a solicitor. Elected as the youngest Labour Member of Parliament in 1987 he was appointed an Opposition Spokesman on regeneration and established the City 2020 Commission. When Labour was elected to government in 1997 he was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney General. He then became a Junior Justice Minister and was quickly promoted to become a Minister of State in the Foreign andCommonwealth Office where he helped negotiate the enlargement of the European Union. In 2001 he became the senior Labour member on the Justice Committee and in 2007 was elected Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee and was re-elected for a further term in 2010 by a vote of the whole Parliament. He has worked with many black and ethnic minority rights groups including Operation Black Vote. He chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yemen and founded the All Party Parliamentary Tamil Group and is a former President of the Indo-British Parliamentary Group. He is married with two children.
National Executive Members
Gloria is a senior national trade union officer and a member of UNISON’s Senior Management Group responsible for managing strategic policies, priorities, programmes, equality, bargaining and campaigning work. Gloria pioneered work on equal rights, employment and race issues that helped shape the agenda, structure and culture of the trade union movement. She has worked to move equality from the margins to the mainstream of the trade union movement, secured Article 13, the EU Race and Employment Directives and made it a priority on the political agenda across Europe. Gloria was instrumental in campaigning for increased Black representation in trade unions, the TUC and Labour Party – securing constitutional changes to guarantee Black representation in the Labour Party’s rules, agenda and structures at all levels that established the BSS and BAME Labour. Gloria is a member of the National Policy Forum and TUC General Council and has written articles and publications on equality, employment, institutional racism, immigration, is a specialist practitioner on equality, employment, women, race and equal pay. Gloria was awarded the CBE and MBE.
She represents BAME Labour on the National Policy Forum
Raj Mandair (Twitter @RajMandair)
Sajid has been involved in the trade union movement for 15 years. He’s held various positions in the Communication Workers Union and is currently the Area Distribution Representative and Assistant Branch Secretary. He sits on the National Advisory bodies responsible for Race and Disability matters. Sajid has been appointed onto the British Transport Police IAG for the Wales & Western region and has been nominated to national involvement within 6 months of performing this role. He also occupies the TUC section C Race Relations Committee since 2013. He has a strong interest in Race and Disability issues and has attended counter EDL demonstrations supporting the anti-racism movement. He is very experienced in the Equality Act and holds a Diploma in Employment Law.
Sajid is also involved in his local community by virtue of being an activist in the Lozells and East Handsworth area helping the local labour councillors. He is also elected to the Labour BAME National Executive of the Labour Party where he is there to represent BME members through the Labour party, so all voices and concerns can be heard at a National level of the party.
Dr Joe Ukemenam
Joe’s first main challenge in life was as a boy soldier in the Biafra war (1967-1970). He subsequently graduated in UK with a PhD in Social Sciences. Joe serves as United Nations Expert on African Development; Chief Officer for Reform Corporation; Member Employment Tribunals England and Wales.
Joe Chairs Nigerians for Labour Group; African Technology Policy Studies UK & Enugu State Diaspora UK.
Joe’s activism experience spans across important and significant areas including strategic and supporting roles; leadership and advocacy roles. Joe is a Member of the West Ham CLP; Member BAME Labour Executive member leading on recruitment strategy; Member of Labour Ethnic Minority Taskforce led by Keith Vaz MP.
Joe was recent past Vice Chair of my Stratford Labour Ward; Chair for the UNISON Voluntary Sector Branch for two years; UNISON Labour Link Officer; UNISON delegate to the West Ham CLP General Committee.
Joe is an acknowledged author whose works have been published widely by respectable academic publishers in UK and USA. Some of his best sellers include ‘Enter: The Africa SMEs in The British Economy’ ‘Policing in Britain: The Racial Discourse’.