Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Labour to help black candidates

As if to justify my previous comment about voting groups comes this:

“Labour party chiefs are promising urgent training and mentoring initiatives to help black candidates win parliamentary selections after four ethnic minority contenders were beaten in the contest to succeed Tony Banks in West Ham.

But that may not be enough to assuage widespread concern. Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote said: "Black Britain will be asking what must we do to get selected for a Labour party seat. It is a disaster for representative democracy. A factor in this debacle was the lack of black unity, caused in no small measure because talented black men and women are afforded so few opportunities. Now more than ever the party needs a black caucus and a serious debate about all-black shortlists."

Source: Labour to help black candidates


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