‘This is not ok’, says elected Conference Arrangements Committee member
An conference fringe event by LabourList has been attacked for its all-white panel – or at least advertising. LabourList tweeted an ad for the so-called ‘flagship’ event to discuss ‘rebuilding post-Covid’, but while the image for the event in Brighton suggests there are more speakers than those shown, there is not one black face among those shown – the nearest is Lisa Nandy, whose father is Indian.
Seema Chandwani, an elected member-representative on the Conference Arrangements Committee that oversees the main event but not the fringes, condemned the event’s make-up, saying that ‘in the Labour and Trade Union movement’ there is nothing “flagship” about having a panel with not one Black person on it especially as Black people are disproportionately impacted by COVID’:
Sadly, this is not a new phenomenon in the Keir Starmer era. When Starmer put together a ‘diversity panel’ shortly after assuming the leadership last year, every staffer on the panel was white and the party’s only Asian director was excluded.
Similarly, earlier this year right-wingers on the NEC forced through a vote to exclude Asian women and put forward an all-white, all-male panel to select candidates for a borough in which one in four residents is from an ethnic minority.
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