Nottingham: Ethnic minority business conference


A free conference to provide an exchange of ideas and support for minority businesses will take place in Nottingham next week.

The ‘Establishing a national voice for ethnic minority businesses’ conference organised by Ethnic Minority Business Advocacy Network (EMBAN) will explore the role that ethnic minority entrepreneurs play in future business and job creation.

Evening Standard: London's 1000 most influential people


A star studded and powerful who's who graced the Southbank Skylon Restaurant for the Evening Standard's 'London's most influential 1000' reception sponsored by British Airways.

Among the influential guests were the Top Shop boss and now Government adviser Sir Phillip Green, Cabinet Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, and the former head of Marks and Spencer Michael Rose.

Lord Ian Blair: Distorted view 'demonises Islam'


Islam is being "demonised" as a result of atrocities carried out in the name of a "distorted" version of the faith, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair of Boughton has said.

New police stop and search plans


An unprecedented coalition of BME organisations led by the Black Police Association have sent a letter to the Home Secretary Theresa May MP, calling on her to think again about scraping measures that would allow the police to racially profile individuals.

West Yorkshire: Man convicted for racist YouTube videos


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has successfully prosecuted a man for distributing racially inflammatory recordings after he uploaded racist video clips to the video-sharing website YouTube.

Gareth Hemingway pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to five offences under section 21(1) of the Public Order Act 1986 and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

IRR: Race and Class


With the rise of the English Defence League and the Equality and Human Rights Commission's (EHRC) Triennial report highlighting persistent structural inequalities, Jenny Bourne from the Institute of Race Relations forcefully argues against the growing chorus of those who argue racism no longer exists.

NUT: Black Teachers' Conference


Simon Woolley applauds Black teachers, 'who in the face of difficulties have an overwhelming desire to be positive'.

More than 200 Black teachers descended on the once stately home of Stoke Rochford, near Grantham for their annual general conference. 

Nick Clegg: new powers for voter registration


With over 3.5 million people, many from BME communities, not on the electoral register the Coalition Government under Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s leadership is undertaking a new initiative which will see local councils given new powers to increase voter registration.

NHS failing minority ethnic users


The NHS is failing minority ethnic users. Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé lays out the case and appeals to sector workers and community, to support the NHS BME Network set up to address the inequalities.

The NHS has been under a duty to promote race equality since the passing of the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000.

Hurricane Tomas: St Lucia appeal


Hurricane Tomas:  St Lucia appeal

At least 14 people have died on the island of St Lucia after Hurricane Tomas battered Caribbean islands and triggered landslides cutting off several communities across the island a week-and-a half-ago.

The High Commission for St Lucia is appealing for help for those in need and have sent this message.

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