A new coalition of 20 race equality campaign groups has launched a manifesto for a racism-free post-Brexit Britain which includes a set of demands they want the next government to adopt. The ‘Manifesto for Race Equality in Britain’ includes policy proposals to tackle racial inequalities in the jobs market, housing, and criminal justice.
- A comprehensive government-wide race equality strategy;
- Brexit negotiations must be “race equality-proofed” to safeguard rights protecting citizens against discrimination;
- A new law prohibiting online hate which forces social media firms to take action.
The online manifesto has just gone live: www.raceequality2017.org.uk
The website also features new analysis of the power of the black and ethnic minority (BME) vote in this snap general election. The Power of the Black Vote report shows that:
- Seven of the top ten swing seats have BME electorates significantly larger than the 2015 majority;
- 45 of the top 50 swing seats, 45 have BME electorates larger than the 2015 majority;
- 96 of the top 200 marginal seats have BME electorates large enough to make the difference.
The report concludes that Labour could seriously reduce the Conservatives majority by holding onto their share of BME voters. The Tories could seal a comprehensive victory by winning over more BME citizens, and the Lib Dems need to increase their appeal in diverse seats to have any hope of winning them back.