A Labour-supporting activist group representing black and Asian left-wingers has marked Black History Month by calling on the Labour Party to increase representation of black and Asian communities by allowing constituency parties (CLPs) to nominate parliamentary selection shortlists consisting entirely of black and Asian potential candidates.
Current equalities legislation allows the mandating of all-women shortlists, but similar mandating for other protected groups are not permitted. Calling the relative lack of representation as a ‘crisis’, Grassroots Black Left, launched last year with support from MPs Clive Lewis and Chris Williamson, pointed out that all-women shortlists functionally disadvantage black women and that black men are particularly under-represented on Labour’s parliamentary benches.
A statement issued by the group reads:
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.