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General Election: Register to Vote by 22nd May

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This week, Theresa May called a general election, three years earlier than scheduled.  The election will take place on 8th June, and the results will ultimately decide who runs the country. 

Every British citizen aged 18 or over is eligible to vote and the BME vote has never been more important.  If you are eligible to vote and have not yet registered, you must do so by 22nd May.  Visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register.

Switzer Completes the Boston Marathon Again - 50 Years Later

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Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, has crossed the finish line again 50 years later.

Theresa May calls snap election

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So, what are we to make of the Prime Minister Theresa May calling a snap election? After all, she has repeatedly stated that the Government should be focused on Brexit negotiations and not elections or any more referendums.

But as we all know a week is a long time in politics. So what has changed?

My gut feeling is that May’s decision was probably motivated more by Brexit/EU politics than any immediate domestic political considerations.

Marine Le Pen: Hate speech cloaked in patriotism

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One of the front-runners for the French Presidential elections, Marine Le Pen used her latest rally in the last week of the Presidential race to whip France up into a frenzy of hatred against the ‘other’. The leader of the ‘Front National’ acutely knows that unlike the 1930’s, in 2017 a modern country and its politicians cannot refer to some of its citizens people as ‘rats’, or vermin, as Nazi Germany did.

Brexit poll: People Less Tolerant

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According to the Opinium Poll, over half of British Ethnic Minorities believe the UK has become less racially tolerant since Brexit. This revelation comes on the heels of a Trade Union Congress survey that found 34 percent of Black Minority and Ethnic people have either witnessed or been the victims of abuse and harassment because of their cultural backgrounds.

According to a concerning TUC report:

• 1 in 5 BAME people (19 per cent) have suffered or witnessed racial assault

Anuja Dhir: First Non-White Judge at Old Bailey

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Anuja Dhir has become the first non-white circuit judge to sit at the Old Bailey.  Dhir, of Indian origin, is also the youngest person to fill the role, at the age of 49. 

Possible Foreign Interference in Brexit Vote

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According to a report by the Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee (PACAC) there may be some evidence that foreign governments may have been the target of a cyber attack that resulted in the shut-down of a voter registration website 100 minutes before the registration deadline on June 7.

MPs have not yet pointed the finger at any particular country, but notes that both China and Russia have histories of using cyber attacks for political gain and influence .

Asylum Seekers are Placed in the Poorest Parts of the UK

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An analysis of Home Office data by the Guardian has shown that more than five times as many asylum seekers in the UK live in the poorest third of the country than in the richest third. The study has revealed that asylum seekers are disproportionately housed in poor, Labour-voting areas in the north of England and Wales, and Glasgow.

Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s First Black Editor

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Edward Enninful is set to replace Alexandra Shulman as British Vogue’s new editor in August 2017. He is currently the Creative and Fashion Director at W Magazine.

 Not only is he British Vogue’s first male editor but he is also the magazine’s first black editor in the magazine’s 101 years of existence since its first issue in 1916.

Saffiyah Khan defies an angry EDL with a smile

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Saffiyah Khan was pictured smiling down at Ian Crossland, the leader of the extreme far-right party, after members of the English Defence League reportedly threatened Saira Zafar, who was wearing a hijab.

The image, which has gone viral on social media, was captured by Press Association photographer Joe Giddens during a demonstration by the far-right group in Birmingham city centre on Saturday.

It shows an EDL protester Ian Crossland staring into the eyes of the young woman, who is looking back at him unfazed with a smirk.

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