Labour has launched a new nationwide consultation to develop the Party's policies to fight discrimination and promote racial equality. The consultation is in partnership with the Race Equality Advisory Group, chaired by Patrick Vernon OBE and will engage Britain's diverse communities and experts in a series of special events all over the country and online through the Your Britain policy website: http://goo.gl/9Ghhe1
The consultation will build on the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Manifesto, which was launched for the 2015 General Election, and help develop policy on the changing nature of race inequalities and social justice. A key aim will be to formulate policy that will protect and enhance existing legislation, especially in the aftermath of the EU Referendum, which has seen a sharp rise in intolerance and hostility towards members of the BAME community and EU nationals in the aftermath of the Referendum.
Angela Rayner MP, Labour Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, said:
"Labour has a proud history of tackling race equality, but recent events and the rise in extremism across Europe has shown that despite the progress which has been made, more work needs to be done."
"This consultation will take the first steps in developing policies, which can tackle the structural issues, which affect Britain's BAME communities and the new challenges we all face in building a fairer, more equal society."
The Advisory Group and the Shadow Minister are keen to engage with a range of stakeholders and communities. To complement our nationwide discussion events we invite comments online in response to the following questions. Your answers will help shape our work programme, policy and priorities.
1. What would you identify as the key issues and themes around race equality that need to be addressed over the next five to ten years?
2. What are the top three policy measures/actions you would like to see to promote race equality?
3. What is the best way to ensure race equality is given full consideration in the policy development process and manifesto development of the Labour Party?
4. What action should be taken to help eliminate race discrimination in the United Kingdom?
5. What action should be taken to protect race equality legislation now that the UK has decided to leave the European Union?
Please forward your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org