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A New Liberal Democrat Approach to Race Equality

September 16, 2013 9:30 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats reject all prejudice, discrimination and inequality and are committed to helping Britain's ethnic minority communities to achieve their full potential.

Key proposals include:
  • Requiring Ofsted to reinstate their inspection framework in which schools will be judged on their work to promote equality of opportunity and community cohesion
  • Implementing the Children's Commissioner's report into the prevention of and alternatives to exclusion
  • Taking action to improve race equality in the private sector and third sector organisations in receipt of public money
Commenting, Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece said:

"Equality under the law and equal opportunity are at the heart of Liberal Democracy. The preamble to the Liberal Democrat constitution states 'Upholding these values of individual and social justice, we reject all prejudice and discrimination based upon race, colour, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation and oppose all forms of entrenched privilege and inequality'.

"Our party has a proud history of involvement in the fight against racism. Many party members joined the Liberal Democrats and our predecessor parties in order to play a part in this aspect of the party's work. This commitment must be carried on at every level of the party, locally and nationally. 37 years have passed since the 1976 Race Relations Act came into being - outlawing racial discrimination in every public service and setting up the Commission for Racial Equality - but race discrimination remains a problem in modern Britain. This motion, and the Race Equality Task Force Report, focuses on education and employment.

"If we want to build a fairer society free from discrimination we must redouble our efforts, because just as there can be no freedom without equal opportunity, so there can be no real opportunity without a decent education."