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Ranjeet Rathore, first Indian who became head of UK students’…

The first Indian and the first international student to win university student elections in the UK has urged people to call out 'systemic racism' in the country to eradicate it. Jaipur-born Ranjeet Rathore hopes that the future is immensely bright for the exchange of knowledge and business between India and…

New study finds gaps in ethnicity research in maternal care

The NHS Race and Health Observatory has been calling for the development of a central data repository to map improvements around reducing poor outcomes in maternal and neonatal healthcare for Black, Asian and ethnic minority women. And now, a new research carried out by the independent health organisation, the University of…

Ethnic minorities of Belfast face racism, isolation: Research

Many ethnic minority residents of Belfast including Asians have continued to experience “racism, isolation and poverty” impacting their social and personal life, new research has revealed. Researchers, who interviewed more than 100 people from black, Asian, minority ethnic and Traveller communities, found there were inequalities across education, work and access…

Westminster Council abandons term BAME, adopts ‘global majority’ instead

Westminster City Council has adopted the phrase “global majority” in place of the term BAME has often been used to represent black, Asian and minority ethnic. The Labour-run local authority’s commitment at the recent annual general meeting of its black, Asian and multiple ethnic staff network came after wider questions…

‘We will harness skills, talents of whole society’

THIS month we have marked Equal Pay Day, the day that the Fawcett Society calculates that women effectively stop earning relative to their male equivalents. This year, that day fell on November 20. It’s shocking that we still have to raise awareness of the gender pay gap, or that such…

Black, Asian and minority ethnic women experience wider pay gap,…

Many black, Asian and minority ethnic women have already stopped earning two months before Equal Pay Day on 18 November compared to the average male worker, a new analysis by the Labour party has revealed. In the wake of the findings, the party has urged the government to take urgent…

Labour defends Kashmir stance

LABOUR’S deputy leader Angela Rayner has defended the party’s decision to raise concerns over alleged human rights breaches in Indian Kashmir, saying, “we stand up for human rights and we will never shirk from that responsibility”. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Rayner said Labour would be respectful in…

Royal Air Force resorted to ‘positive discrimination’ to meet diversity…

The UK’s Royal Air Force resorted to “positive discrimination” in its recruitment process to meet the diversity targets set by the government, a media report said.Sources told Sky News that recruitment officers were directed to prioritise the placement of women and ethnic minority candidates on training courses in the year…

Maternity disparities taskforce discusses faith & human rights recommendations

THE UK's patient safety and primary care minister James Morris along with chief midwifery officer professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent on Monday (18) co-chaired the third meeting of the Maternity Disparities Taskforce. At the meeting, the Muslim Women’s Network and human rights organisation Birthrights presented findings from their latest reports on Muslim…

Legal professionals celebrate South Asian Heritage Month

SOLICITORS in England and Wales on Monday (18) marked the beginning of the South Asian Heritage Month, which this year is focusing on celebrating and commemorating South Asian culture and educating the public. Law Society vice president Lubna Shuja said, “I am delighted to mark the start of South Asian…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘We don’t have enough donors from Asian backgrounds, I…

Fewer than five per cent of blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Yet 1,000 people in England – mostly people from Asian backgrounds – suffer from a disease called thalassaemia that affects red blood cells, requiring regular blood transfusions…

Longstanding kidney advocate and transplant recipient Kirit Modi given MBE

Kirit Modi, Honorary President for the National Kidney Federation (NKF) and the National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Transplant Alliance (NBTA) was among those that received royal honours last week. The kidney advocate and transplant recipient was awarded an MBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for…

Anti-racism campaigner wins Miss Wales title

An anti-racism campaigner has won Miss Wales 2022 title, becoming the first woman of colour to achieve the feat in more than two decades.The crowning moment came for Darcey Corria, from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, at the finale of the annual pageant held in Newport over the weekend.Having been an…

UK unveils ‘Inclusive Britain’ action plan to tackle racial disparities

UK has unveiled an ‘Inclusive Britain’ action plan with changes to policing, health and education to address racial disparities in the country.  The plan, as a response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic disparities chaired by Tony Sewell, has more than 70 measures including greater scrutiny over the way…

Study: Areas with large minority population face highest climate risk

NEW research published on Thursday (17) revealed that areas of London with black, Asian and minority ethnic populations of more than 50 per cent are more likely to face the highest climate risk including flooding, exposure to toxic air, heat risk and limited access to green space. According to a…

Leaked report finds hidden racism in Dudley council

A leaked report into the work culture of Dudley council has exposed hidden racism in the local authority, including “disproportionate” use of disciplinaries by senior managers to BAME colleagues. The report, titled ‘Dudley council equality review’ was made available to council staff via their intranet in December 2021. It was…

Deeney calls for teaching of BAME history in school

BIRMINGHAM CITY captain has called for the teaching of black, Asian and minority ethnic history and experiences to be part of school curriculum. Troy Deeney, who is also a anti-racism campaigner says it is important to inform about discriminatory stereotypes from an early age. Deeney has published the results of…

Report reveals racial health inequality in NHS

THERE are "overwhelming" minority ethnic health inequalities in the NHS, experts have said adding radical action is required to tackle the problem. The study for the first time has revealed the true scale as well as "vast and "widespread" inequality in every aspect of healthcare it reviewed. According to the…

MPs urge ministers to introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting

A cross-party group of British lawmakers have urged the government to make ethnicity pay gap reporting mandatory for large companies, a statement said.  A new report published on Tuesday (8) by the House of Commons women and equalities committee wants new legislation in this regard. The report recommended that ethnicity…

EXCLUSIVE: Senior judiciary figure admits…ASIANS STILL FAILING TO BECOME JUDGES

Representation of south Asian and black judges “remains unacceptably low”, according to the man who heads the UK’s tribunal courts. Writing on the judiciary’s internal website, the senior president of tribunals, Sir Keith Lindblom said ethnic minorities do less well than white candidates being considered to join the judiciary. In…

Funding boost to tackle health inequalities among BAME communities

SEVEN projects have received a share of £100,000 funding as part of government’s commitment to tackle health inequalities and promote living kidney donation among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The Living Kidney Transplant Scheme has been launched as part of NHS Blood and Transplant’s ongoing commitment to address the…

Minorities three times less likely to win a place in…

NEW figures have revealed that people from minority backgrounds were three times less likely than White British applicants to gain entry to the government’s Civil Service Fast Stream programme.   The government skills and curriculum unit has recently published figures covering the last three years’ worth of recruitment for the elite…

London hospitals workers to strike over ‘BAME staff pay’

HUNDREDS of workers at three East London hospitals will strike for two weeks over a pay dispute with their employers. Staff at the Royal London Hospital, St Bartholmew’s Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital plan to take action from Monday, January 31 as they try to push Barts Health NHS Trust…

Leeds private hire drivers to go on strike

A 24-hour strike by private hire drivers in Leeds is set to take place on Monday (17), as a senior member of a drivers’ association claims the proposed rules “treat us like criminals”. Proposed new suitability rules, currently being consulted on by Leeds City Council, include sections on what can…

New Year honours: Kamlesh Khunti, Sara Khan and Nitin Ganatra…

By Nylah Salam Human rights campaigner and counter-terrorism commissioner Sara Khan, paediatric cardiology professor Shakeel Ahmed Qureshi, Leicester academic professor Kamlesh Khunti and actor Nitin Ganatra are among several British Asians who have been recognised in the New Year Honour’s List published tonight (31). Khan has been recognised with a…

UK government and faith leaders join forces to support booster…

THE UK government and faith leaders have united in the national effort to see the people get Covid-19 doses in the wake of a surge in Omicron cases. The drive is being supported by religious leaders, including members of the Prime Minister’s Places of Worship Taskforce, the Archbishop of Canterbury,…

Ethnic minority lawyers ‘less likely to become judges’

LAWYERS from ethnic minority groups are less likely to progress from bar to bench than their white counterparts, a new report of the UK’s ministry of justice said. It found that ethnic minority applicants “do less well than white candidates for the majority of selection tools”. They “did less well…

NHS observatory to study impact of long Covid in minorities

THE NHS race and health observatory started a three-year study to investigate the long-term impact of Covid on NHS workers across the UK from ethnic backgrounds.  The new 'Reach-Out’ research will be led by the University of Leicester in collaboration with UCL, University of Nottingham, national stakeholders and front-line healthcare…

BBC struggles to retain staff from diverse backgrounds

THE BBC has admitted that it is struggling to retain employees from black, Asian and ethnic staff members who complained that they were being left at “the bottom of the pecking order”, The Times reported. During a board meeting in July, BBC directors acknowledged that “one of the key challenges”…

Sadiq Khan: BAME is a term of strength

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has said he prefers to keep the term BAME to represent people of colour in the UK. Khan said the abbreviation - which stands for black, Asian and minority ethnic – is used as a term of "strength rather than weakness". Khan told Eastern Eye on…

BBC bans BAME as report reveals term “not fit for…

THE BBC is set to drop the "BAME" acronym after a report has revealed the term is "not fit for the purpose", reported The Telegraph. The report added that the term could “cause serious insult” by treating ethnic minorities as a single group. Along with ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5,…

UK announces £440,000 to encourage organ, blood donations

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has announced £440,000 in funding to encourage black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to donate organs and blood. The scheme also aims to address an urgent need for more black blood donors to treat disorders like sickle cell. It is part of the UK government’s initiative to…

Glamorgan county makes attempt to tackle racism

GLAMORGAN wants to improve its diversity on and off the field, for which the county's chairman Gareth Williams has set out a plan. In order to tackle racism and discrimination in cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last week came out with a five-point action plan after Azeem…

Racism was used as a shield for deviant medical practice,…

A surgeon at an NHS trust told an employment tribunal in Manchester that he had been called a “traitor to his community” by other ethnic minority staff, after he raised concerns about the dangerous practice of another doctor in another NHS hospital, The Times reported. Shyam Kumar, who complained about…

NHS-backed research urges to scrap the term “BAME”

A NEW research backed by the NHS has urged to scrap the term “BAME” as it “erases identities”, The Telegraph reported. The NHS Race and Health Observatory launched a four-week consultation with the public in July on how best to collectively refer to people from black, Asian and minority ethnic…

Glasgow looks to hire more school staff from BAME communities

COUNCIL bosses have been trying to hire more school staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to reflect Glasgow’s population better. A meeting heard there has been success in recruiting more diverse workers and efforts are being made to improve their chances of promotion. Most higher earning roles…

Projects to improve BAME students’ access to postgraduate research

UNIVERSITIES are required to drive up outcomes for disadvantaged students by improving education standards in schools and colleges in the local community. Thirteen new projects will tackle persistent inequalities that create barriers for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students to access and take part in postgraduate research. The projects,…

Birmingham: Health chief nominated for national award

BIRMINGHAM'S health and social care chief has been nominated for a national award after helping to lead the city’s response to the pandemic. Cllr Paulette Hamilton (Lab, Holyhead), cabinet member for health and social care, holds the portfolios for two areas drastically hit by Covid-19. Now, she is in the…

Sajid Javid: How AI can help provide better health outcomes…

EVEN though my family didn’t celebrate it, I learned a lot about Diwali growing up and saw how much it means to people. From the kids bringing halwa and jalebi to the playground, to the decorations at Dr Gandhi’s clinic on Bristol’s Stapleton Road, it was always a point of…

Report reveals claims of racism and sexism at Harrow Council

RACISM and sexism in the workplace was regularly witnessed by a London council’s staff, an independent report has revealed. A race report on conditions at Harrow Council found staff flagged cases of anti-Semitism and sexual harassment on several occasions. It noted there had been no action in response to these…

Health inequalities affecting BAME communities in Calderdale

SOME work-in-progress to address health inequalities affecting BAME communities in Calderdale is starting to have an impact, health partners heard. Director of Transformation and Partnerships at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Anna Basford, said since April 2020 evidence had emerged about the disproportionate impact the Covid-19 pandemic was having…

Javid: UK to use AI to tackle racial inequalities in…

UK health secretary Sajid Javid has given the green light to use Artificial intelligence (AI) to tackle racial inequalities in the NHS, reported The Guardian. Under the new plan, millions of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Britons are expected to get benefit from revolutionary computer techniques designed to transform care…

NHS urges Asians and ethnic minorities to learn CPR skills

AN NHS leader on ethnic health inequalities has urged people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills ahead of Restart a Heart Day on Saturday (16). Dr Habib Naqvi, the director in charge of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, has called for…

Charity calls for action as new report says British Asian…

A UK charity has called for renewed action as a new report revealed that British Asian babies have a 60 per cent increased risk of neonatal mortality compared to white babies. The latest MBRRACE-UK perinatal mortality surveillance report, which tracked perinatal deaths from 2019, has said that while the overall rate of…

‘Donate blood and save lives’

STAFF SERGEANT SOHAIL ASHRAF of the British Army has called on the Asian community to consider donating blood. According to him, the donation could “save someone’s life in their hour of need”. The most recent data from the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) shows that fewer than five per cent…

London mayor launches community plan to address air pollution in…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday (12) launched a new community programme to address air pollution in the deprived areas of London.  The Breathe London community programme, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, is set to empower local action on air quality ahead of the UK hosting COP26 and the Ultra Low Emission…

BAME finance workers in UK face workplace discrimination, survey finds

TWO THIRDS of UK finance workers from ethnic minority backgrounds have faced discrimination in the workplace, a survey of 800 employees from more than 400 companies has found. Analysis on Tuesday (6) revealed 66 per cent of BAME staff had experienced discrimination at work as a result of their background.…

Report says William Beckford statue should stay

A statue of 18th century slave-owning former Lord Mayor William Beckford should remain in the City of London's Guildhall headquarters, a report has recommended, six months after a committee agreed to remove it. The statue should be accompanied by a plaque explaining Beckford's links to the slave trade, said the…

UK orders crackdown on overprescribing medicines

The UK government has ordered a crackdown on overprescribing of medicines following a review that revealed 10 per cent of the prescribed items in primary care are inappropriate for patients. Led by chief pharmaceutical officer for England, Dr Keith Ridge CBE, the study found that overprescribing may disproportionately affect black,…

Residential programme for BAME leaders starts at Magdalen College

THE 'Pathway to Success' residential programme to find the next generation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders will start this week at the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College. The programme, now in its second year, is designed to equip BAME individuals with the tools and knowledge required to…

Majority of BAME GPs find CQC inspections ‘traumatic’, reveals survey

A NEW survey has revealed a shocking disparity in Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections in General Practice. The survey, carried out by the GP forum at the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), has found out that over 70 per cent of GPs from black, Asian and minority…

Women, minority surgeons likely to be passed over for promotion,…

A NEW study has revealed that women and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in the surgical profession were more likely to be passed over for promotion or quit altogether, reported The Telegraph. Analysis of more than 3,000 junior surgeons in the NHS in England found that…

Council leader’s comments criticised in racism review

THE chair of a review into racism in Torbay says he “would find it very hard to continue” if he were in Steve Darling’s position – the Liberal Democrat leader who made comments about ethnicity in the Bay area last week. Cllr Darling found himself in hot water after suggesting…

Council joins and supports Root Out Racism movement

CALDERDALE Council is supporting the Root Out Racism movement being launched by healthcare and violence reduction partnerships. The council is one of nearly 500 organisations to join Root Out Racism movement being launched by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit. To…

BAME staff at hospitals told to use ‘Western work names’

HOSPITAL line managers told Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff to go by “Western names” while on duty because their own are too hard to pronounce, a shocking inspection has revealed. Workers at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust (UHBW), which runs the BRI, Bristol Children’s Hospital and…

Oximeters less accurate for people from Asian and minority ethnic…

OXIMETERS can overestimate the amount of oxygen in black and minority ethnic people, NHS England and NHS Race and Health Observatory said on Sunday (1).    Official NHS guidance has been changed for the use of blood oxygen monitors after it was found that they may not be as accurate…

Dr Kailash Chand lived a ‘life of service to his…

AN award-winning former Tameside GP and leading NHS campaigner, Dr Kailash Chand OBE, has passed away at the age of 73. His son Dr Aseem Malhotra said on Twitter his father had suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday evening (26). Dr Chand was one of the most influential Asian doctors…

Tanika Gupta’s Ibsen adaptation on ‘decolonised’ GCSE curriculum

ENGLAND’s leading exam board has picked Tanika Gupta’ famous Indian adaptation of Ibsen’s classic to be introduced to GCSE drama students as a part of its effort to “decolonise” the curriculum, a media report stated on Thursday (15).     Edexcel, which is owned by Pearson, has announced that from…

Criticism over no photo of BAME person in Redcar and…

A council says it is striving to be “fully inclusive” after a magazine it publishes was criticised for having no ethnic minorities in it. Redcar and Cleveland resident Colin Harvey said he was struck after reading the latest issue of ‘This Is Redcar & Cleveland’ as he could not find…

Tories’ Elections Bill will make it harder for minority ethnic…

LABOUR’s shadow minister for democracy, Cat Smith, has slammed the UK government’s Elections Bill, brought before parliament on Monday (5), saying that the proposal to make photo identification mandatory for voting will make it harder for Asian and minority ethnic Britons to vote and will lock them out of democracy, media…

Less than one-per cent of GCSE students in England study…

LESS than 1 per cent of GCSE students in England study a book by a writer of colour, and only 7 per cent study a book by a woman, a new research has shown. This is despite 34.4 per cent of school children identifying as black, Asian and minority ethnic.…

British Medical Association urges Javid to tackle ‘structural racism’ in…

British Medical Association on Thursday (1) has urged England’s newly-appointed health secretary Sajid Javid to tackle racism within the healthcare sector, claiming that the government commission report had “ignored well-documented” evidence of structural racism in NHS and failed to give a true picture of the barriers faced by ethnic minority health…

‘BAME Britons continue to face inequalities in NHS’

PEOPLE from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds continue to face a range of “unacceptable inequalities” when using health services, a report released on Tuesday (15) said, and called on NHS partners to help close the gap on future health inequalities. As the biggest employer of BAME people in…

British Asian campaigners, charity leaders on Queen’s Birthday Honours List

EDUCATION leader Hamid Patel, charity boss Javed Khan and period poverty campaigner Amika George are among prominent British Asians named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List unveiled this evening (11). Patel, chief executive officer of Star Academics in Blackburn, a multi-academy trust which operates 30 free schools and academies, is…

Dundee University principal apologises after survey shows rampant racism

THE principal of Dundee University has formally apologised after a report into racism found “prominent concerns” over discrimination.    Professor Iain Gillespie said sorry for the bigotry faced by the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) community in a video released on Monday (7). He said he was apologising “on behalf…

Lack of diverse curriculum ‘hampers’ progress of BAME students, study…

SOUTH ASIAN students of Islamic faith often felt that they were subject to ethnic and religious-based anti-education stereotypes and biases, which negatively affected their grades - a study has found. The study also said that black students often have to "work harder" than their peers to connect with assessments and…

‘Minor ethnic women less likely to go for water birth…

WOMEN from socially deprived areas and ethnic minorities are less likely to have a water birth than white women living in affluent areas, according to a recent study which also found no link between waterbirth and specific adverse outcomes for either the mother or the baby.   Despite the presence…

UK supreme court to offer paid internships in diversity drive 

ASPIRING lawyers and judges from underrepresented communities in the UK can apply for paid internships in the Supreme Court, it announced on Thursday (27). The top court has collaborated with charity Bridging the Bar and eight candidates will be offered a five-day placement. CEO of the supreme court, Vicky Fox,…

National Kidney Federation & NBTA organise free webinar to mark…

THE National Kidney Federation (NKF) and NBTA have organised a webinar to mark the first anniversary of Max and Keira’s Law in England. Leading charities call on Black and Asian communities to continue to talk about organ donation and register their decision, one year on from Max and Keira’s Law…

Cambridge admits record number of BAME students in 2020, data…

NEARLY three in ten (29.3 per cent) British students admitted in Cambridge University last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds-up from 27.8 per cent in 2019, its annual admissions statistics show. It also accepted a record proportion of state school pupils in 2020 — 70.6 per…

Indians favour Tories despite voting Labour in 2019, study reveals

A NEW study has revealed that voting pattern of British Indians in 2021 has now been shifted towards the Conversative Party from Labour in 2019. The study by the 1928 Institute, a University of Oxford backed think-tank, also said that only 8 per cent of British Indians feel accurately represented…

Birmingham council using ‘Artificial Intelligence’ to improve diversity in workplace

By Tom Dare ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is being used by Birmingham council to stop ‘unconcious bias’ when finding job applicants, it has been revealed. The move is an effort to improve diversity in the workplace, chiefs said, and has already been used in to council recruitment campaigns, with a third due to…

Young BAME residents in east London to benefit from the…

YOUNG black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) riverside residents will benefit from the Blue Connections scheme running in two east London boroughs. Blue Connections, focused on Barking Creek and the River Roding (Thames tributary), aims to improve people’s understanding and appreciation of rivers and boost their skills, employability and mental health.…

Oxford fellowship to support BAME entrepreneurs to reach leadership positions

THE University of Oxford has launched an entrepreneurial fellowship initiative to ensure that more people from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds reach senior leadership positions within business, start-ups, and venture capital. Baroness Vadera, the chairwoman of Prudential, and Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, are among business leaders backing…

‘Prince Philip exemplified loyalty and fortitude in his support of…

By Dr Qari Asim Imam of Makkah Mosque, Leeds, and senior editor, ImamsOnline [caption id="attachment_136589" align="alignright" width="260"] Dr Qari Asim[/caption] THE Duke of Edinburgh dedicated his life to tire­less service of both the Queen and the country. I join the whole nation and the Commonwealth in offering my deepest condolences…

UK needs to do more to tackle racism, Johnson says,…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said a race inequality review commissioned by his government was stimulating but more needed to be done to tackle the issue, as some campaigners accused the report of “gaslighting” the experiences of minorities. The report on Wednesday (31) by the Commission on Race and Ethnic…

Critics accuse government of a “total whitewash” following race report

BRITAIN should be seen as a "model for other white-majority countries" but more still needs to be done, a review into race inequality said on Wednesday (31), a conclusion that provoked fury from critics who branded it a "whitewash". The report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was…

No proof of institutional racism in UK, claims government report

THERE is “no evidence of institutional racism” in Britain, a new report by the government’s race disparity unit said on Wednesday (31). According to the new report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, the success of much of the ethnic minority population in education, and, to a lesser…

Southern Health and Social Care Trust looks to ensure Covid…

By Adam Morton The Southern Health and Social Care Trust accepts it has “work to do” to ensure the area’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities know how to access the Covid-19 vaccine. The issue was raised at a meeting of the Trust’s Board by Upper Bann MLA, John…

What is BAME? Most Brits unknown to the term, says…

IN the UK, only four in ten people (42 per cent) are confident of what BAME means, with a third of people (32 per cent) saying they don't know what it is, according to a new research. The research done by British Future finds out that the ethnic minority participants…

BAME doctors in UK say Covid risk assessment is yet…

DOCTORS from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds say key risk assessments have still not taken place, or have not been acted on. Of 2,000 doctors who responded to the BBC News poll, 328 said their risks hadn't been assessed at all, while 519 said they had had a…

New poll in Britain calls for ‘more inclusive’ approach to…

A STARK divide in people's use of Covid-related technology such as contact-tracing apps risks disenfranchising some of Britain's most disadvantaged communities, researchers said on Thursday (25), calling for a more inclusive approach to digital health. Nearly a fifth of respondents lacked access to a smartphone, 14 per cent lacked broadband…

Ethnic minority patients undergoing fertility treatment are less likely to…

A NEW report published on Tuesday (23) revealed that people from ethnic minority backgrounds undergoing fertility treatment are less likely to have a baby, with black patients having the lowest chances of successful treatment. The new report ‘Ethnic diversity in fertility treatment’ also said that 31 per cent of black…

Church of England wants ‘one UK minority ethnic clergy elected…

A LEAKED report has revealed that the Church of England will introduce a quota for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) clergy, roll out anti-racism training and contextualise church statues. The 'From Lament to Action: Report of the Archbishops' Anti-Racism Taskforce' report, leaked to The Spectator, said there should be 'one…

British far-right emerged into a ‘digitally networked threat’ during lockdown,…

A NEW report released on Monday (22) revealed that Covid-19 lockdown has boosted the evolution of the British far-right into a digitally networked threat last year. The 'State of Hate 2021' report launched by shadow justice minister David Lammy MP discusses how civil society and institutions must respond to the burgeoning…

BAME workers face inequality at jobs, TUC poll says

BLACK, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers are more likely to be turned down for jobs, pay rises and promotions compared to white workers, a new TUC survey has found. A third (33 per cent) of BAME workers said they have been unfairly turned down for a job, in comparison…

Royals and race reporting

By Amit Roy IS THE British press racist, as Harry and Meghan al­leged in their recent inter­view with Oprah Winfrey? The problem now is that far too many stories have been slanted against the Duchess of Sussex. Let me give some exam­ples. Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, who keeps spewing poison,…

Report urges probation services to focus more on racial equality

A NEW report has urged that probation services must show greater consideration and confidence in their work with black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) service users and staff. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation found out that the probation service’s focus on racial equality has declined since Transforming Rehabilitation reforms were introduced…

Disparities in vaccination take-up rates reveal inequalities of race and…

HUGE disparities between vaccination take-up rates in richer and poorer areas revealed inequalities of race and poverty in the UK, experts said. Data showed a 25 per cent difference between vaccination rates in areas just miles apart. According to The Guardian, the vaccine gap was most pronounced in Southwark, south…

‘Maternal care racism inquiry is important and long overdue’

By Nadeem Badshah MATERNITY care needs an “ur­gent” shake-up, according to ex­perts who welcomed an inquiry into how alleged racism in the NHS impacts the care provided to pregnant women. Women from south Asian back­grounds face nearly twice the risk of dying in pregnancy or child­birth compared to white women,…

ECB appoints Cindy Butts as chair of commission for equality

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed Cindy Butts as chair of the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket, reported the BBC. Formed in November 2020, the Commission will look to tackle inequalities and discrimination in all forms of cricket. "I am committed to ensuring that cricket has…

Playing the name game

By Amit Roy GOOD old William Shakespeare. He had this great ability to get to the heart of the matter. Take, for example, the name game. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But would Juliet have been quite…

GG2 diversity conference panels debate how to challenge racial prejudice

THE GG2 Diversity Conference was held virtually for the first time last Wednesday (24), with a num­ber of inspirational speakers, including cam­paigners, academics and senior executives, dis­cussing a range of issues. The event was hosted by the Asian Media Group (AMG), which publishes Eastern Eye, Garavi Guja­rat, Asian Trader, Pharmacy…

NHS staff urge South Asian communities in London to get…

NHS doctors, nurses and other frontline staff have come forward in a new video to reassure South Asian communities in London that Covid-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards. They have recorded messages in some of the most commonly spoken non-English languages in…

Charity’s BAME only poll reveals the scale of disproportionate impact…

THE black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) only poll of a charity in UK has found that these communities have taken the hardest economic hit during the Coronavirus pandemic. The poll by HOPE not hate Trust has found that one in five BAME people have lost their job during the…

Pandemic heroes honoured at GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards

HIGH achievers from Britain’s medical and scientific communities were among top winners at the annual GG2 Leadership awards, held virtually for the first time on Thursday (25). Dr Chaand Nagpaul CBE, chairman of the British Medical Association, won the coveted GG2 Hammer Award, presented to a BAME person who has…

Report reveals BAME students ‘harassed more than twice’ at Glasgow…

A NEW report has revealed that half of black, Asian and minority ethnic students (BAME) have experienced racism at the University of Glasgow 'more than twice' since beginning their studies. Following the report, the university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Sir Anton Muscatelli, apologised 'unreservedly' to staff and students who have experienced racism…

‘Low wages, cramped housing and failures of test-and-trace scheme led…

AN unpublished government report has revealed that low wages, cramped housing and failures of the £22 billion test-and-trace scheme led to high coronavirus rates in England’s most deprived communities. A classified analysis last month by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), concluded that 'unmet financial needs' meant people in poorer areas…

New Oxford modelling confirms ethnicity and poverty as Covid risk…

A new modelling has recognised ethnicity and deprivation as risk factors for severe Covid for the first time. The risk analysis tool from a team at Oxford University, commissioned by the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, has taken into account a multiplicity of health conditions and circumstances that increase…

How Britain rolled out successful mass vaccine programme

Despite stark failures in curbing Covid-19's spread, Britain has scored a notable success with its mass vaccination drive, giving 15 million people a first dose by Sunday. Here are some of the factors behind the speedy rollout. - Early backing - In May 2020 the UK government signed a deal…

UK launches new plan to boost vaccine uptake in all…

THE UK on Saturday(13) launched a new Covid-19 Vaccine Uptake Plan to boost vaccine uptake in vulnerable and under-served groups. It describes how the government and NHS England are partnering with directors of public health, charities and the faith sector to increase vaccine take up and ensure equal access. Data…

Donor family joins NHS campaign on organ donation

SHIVUM KAKKAD and his family have joined an NHS campaign urging families to talk about organ donation. His father Bharat, who died of cardiac arrest at 63, had donated a kidney to a woman in her 50s and a kidney to a man in his 60s. Bharat fell ill suddenly in…

New research to help design health policies to lessen the…

THE UK has started four new projects to find out the reasons why people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Findings from these projects will be used to design health interventions, policy recommendations, and other measures to help lessen the…

Charity urges increase in awareness about maternal mental health among…

A charity in the UK has urged for more targeted awareness campaigns to support black and Asian women in response to inequalities in maternal mental health. The Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP), a charity dedicated to supporting women with Postpartum psychosis, has said that black women are four times more…

Doctors urge the government to give priority to BAME people…

PEOPLE from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups in the UK should be included in the second phase of the priority vaccine distribution, at the same time as white adults in at-risk health groups, doctors’ groups urged. The coalition of ethnic minority healthcare groups has written a letter to…

Burns backs campaign to counter racism in English cricket

England opener Rory Burns said on Thursday that it was "important" to educate players -- including the national team -- about racism in cricket after a survey revealed many black and Asian professionals felt they were being targeted. The Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) said more than a third of black,…

Survey shows widespread racism in English cricket, players to attend…

England cricketers―both men and women―will undergo anti-racism training courses this year after a survey revealed that more than one-third of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) players have faced the prejudice in the game. According to a report in The Telegraph the courses will cover dressing room culture, raise awareness…

Celebrities urge BAME communities to take the Covid-19 vaccine in…

IN A new video celebrities team up to encourage the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK to save lives and take the Covid-19 vaccine. The video titled ‘If You Could Save Someone’s Life…’ includes actors Adil Ray, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Boman Irani, Asim Chaudhry, Shobna Gulati,…

No computer, no heat: UK’s poorest struggle with homeschooling

With schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of children in Britain are struggling to learn remotely, because of a lack of computers, internet or quiet room to study. "At home, I have to share the computer with my big brother and sister," said eight-year-old Kamaljit Sultana, who lives…

New £7.6m fund to help BAME mothers and babies

THE new £7.6million health and wellbeing fund will support 19 projects to promote nutrition, learning, language development and mental health during pregnancy and post birth in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Set up across the country, these 19 projects include a number of innovative schemes aimed at levelling…

Sky to recruit 1,500 BAME workers by 2025

UK broadcaster Sky has pledged that one in five of its staff will be from a minority ethnic background by 2025, and it would recruit 1,500 black, Asian and minority ethnic(BAME) workers during the period. Sky moves to reshape its 25,000-strong workforce in the UK and Ireland, partly in response…

Six in ten BAME psychiatrists in the UK experienced racism…

A new research has revealed that six in ten black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) psychiatrists have faced racism at work, but only 29 per cent of these incidents were reported. The BAME psychiatrists who have experienced racism said that it affected their health and four in ten (41 per…

UK launches landmark survey to investigate racism in the veterinary…

A landmark survey launched on Tuesday(19) to investigate racism and its impact on the mental wellbeing of black, Asian and minority ethnic(BAME) people working or studying in the UK veterinary sector. The ‘Race Together’ survey - open for participation until 31 March 2021 - will examine both overt and ‘everyday…

Met Police says 30 per cent of the applications received…

THE Metropolitan Police has said that 52 per cent of the new recruits for the direct entry detective scheme in 2020 were females. Besides, 30 per cent of the applications received in November 2020 under the scheme, which started in 2017, were from black, Asian and minority ethnic(BAME) candidates. The…

Barnardo’s offers specialist support for BAME families

UK’s largest children’s charity Barnardo’s offers a specialist helpline to support black, Asian and minority ethnic(BAME) families during lockdown in the UK. The charity launched ‘Boloh’ helpline (0800 151 2605) to support vulnerable children and families in November last year. Eastern Eye reported that it was the first helpline specifically…

New toolkit to help UK businesses to support the mental…

THE City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) has launched a mental health and race toolkit to help businesses to protect and support the mental health of their black, Asian and minority ethnic employees. The four strategic actions listed in the toolkit are challenging all forms of racism in the workplace, build…

NHS England plans to vaccinate all frontline staff against Covid-19…

NHS England has said that it had made plans to vaccinate all frontline staff against Covid-19 in the next few weeks following the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Nikita Kanani, the Nation Health Service(NHS) medical director for primary care, said the vaccine will be administered to "all health and social…

Crisis in hospitality sector due to Covid-19 hits BAME workers…

A NEW study has revealed that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people were hit hard by the crisis in the hospitality compared to white people as a majority of them are employed in the sector. The study by Resolution Foundation thinktank has said that one in 12 (8 per cent)…

Asian trust issues ‘much wider than just vaccine’

Dr Raj Persaud ASIANS are more likely to die from Covid-19 compared with other ethnic groups, yet accord­ing to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), only 57 per cent of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are pres­ently likely to accept a vaccine. Compared to 79…

Asians reluctant to take up vaccine, study shows

ETHNIC minority groups are the least likely to want the coronavirus vaccine, a new poll has revealed. A little more than half (57 per cent) of respondents from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds were likely to accept a vaccine, compared to 79 per cent of white respondents, according…

‘We could not be colour blind’, Barnardo’s responds to ‘white…

THE UK’s biggest children’s charity, Barnardo's, has hit back at Tory MPs who were upset about its blogpost discussing racial inequality and white privilege. Barnardo’s said its chief executive Javed Khan, who is of Asian origin, had been the target of “explicit racism” following the blogpost. The row was sparked…

Study: Ethnically diverse areas in England suffer four times more…

A STUDY has found out that some of England’s most ethnically diverse areas have suffered up to four times more coronavirus infections than mostly white neighbourhoods. There has been huge disparities in the effect of Covid-19 on residents living alongside one another, with densely packed black, Asian and minority ethnic…

Asians ‘should take part in trials to ensure vaccine suits…

by LAUREN CODLING BRITISH ASIANS have been urged to take part in vaccination trials to protect against the coronavirus, as data revealed fewer than five per cent of volunteers were from the community. The participation call comes as phase three clinical trials of pharmaceutical firm Janssen’s Covid-19 vaccine began across…

John Holder and Ismail Dawood accuse ECB of ‘institutionalised racism’;…

TWO former umpires have accused the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) of institutional racism and called for an independent investigation by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). John Holder, who stood in 11 Tests and 19 one-day internationals in nearly 30 years as a professional umpire, and…

Met police should hire 40 per cent of new recruits…

BRITAIN’s biggest police force must hire 40 per cent of new recruits from ethnic minority backgrounds, while officers will have to justify stop and search to community panels as part of a major race action plan unveiled on Friday(13). The plan will set the Met a target for new recruits,…

Study: Covid-19 is psychologically more challenging for women, ethnic minorities

A NEW study has found out that Covid-19 pandemic was psychologically more challenging for women and ethnic minorities than men as they reported higher levels of depression, anxiety and loneliness, and lower levels of life satisfaction. The Covid-19 social study by the University College London is the UK's largest which…

Shadow ministers to Priti Patel: Act ‘quickly’ on domestic abuse…

LABOUR PARTY has warned home secretary Priti Patel that the government must 'act quickly' on domestic abuse during the second national lockdown across England. Shadow ministers Nick Thomas-Symonds and Jess Phillips have written to Patel urging her not to 'repeat the mistakes of March, in being too slow to act'.…

Children’s charity launches ‘Boloh’ helpline to support BAME children and…

UK’s largest children’s charity Barnardo’s has launched 'Boloh' helpline (0800 151 2605) to support vulnerable black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children and families during the four-week national lockdown starts on Thursday(5). The helpline provides therapeutic support, a live web chat facility, and a lifeline to communities struggling to deal…

Young, ethnic minorities to be hit hard by post-furlough unemployment:…

A NEW REPORT has found out that young and ethnic minority workers in the UK will be hit hard by the post-furlough unemployment. The Resolution Foundation survey of about 6,000 adults has revealed that 19 per cent of 18-24 year olds who were furloughed during lockdown were unemployed in September. For…

Baroness Lawrence report demands ‘urgent plans’ to protect BAME people…

THE Labour party on Tuesday(27) urged the government to take urgent action to protect black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people from a second spike of Covid-19 over winter as a new report revealed the impact the pandemic has already had on communities across the country. The new report by…

Covid-19: BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir spreads awareness about PRINCIPLE trial among…

BRITAIN’S most influential Hindu temple, the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, in north London, is seeking to spread awareness in the Asian community about the PRINCIPLE treatment trial aimed at alleviating the symptoms of Covid-19 patients. Led by the University of Oxford, the PRINCIPLE trial is evaluating if treatment administered early can…

UK Vaccine Taskforce needs more ethnic minority, elderly volunteers

The UK government’s Vaccine Taskforce, set up to help with the search for an effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus, on Tuesday (13) issued a call out for more ethnic minorities, and over-65 volunteers to join its clinical studies. While 270,000 people have signed up to the National Health Service…

Sadiq Khan urges employers and businesses to embed anti-racist practices…

LONDON MAYOR Sadiq Khan declared City Hall a committedly anti-racist organisation on Tuesday(13), and urged employers and businesses to do more to embed anti-racist practices in their operations and culture. He also unveiled a toolkit which offers practical guidance to businesses to help diversify their workforce and foster a truly…

Cambridge plans ‘unconscious bias’ training, curriculum diversification

By S Neeraj Krishna CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY is set to introduce "unconscious bias" training for staff along with plans to “diversify the curriculum”. The university, which saw a threefold increase in black students over the past three years, said it will also offer students “a wider choice of authors to study”.…

BAME maternity staff more likely to face bullying and barriers…

THE Royal College of Midwives has called for “focus on race equality”, highlighting that maternity staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds face were more likely to face bullying and barriers at work. Gill Walton, chief executive of the RCM, told hundreds of delegates during its virtual annual conference…

Nearly a third of BAME hospital staff in Bolton face…

By Chris Gee, Local Democracy Reporting Service ALMOST 30 per cent of black, Asian and minority ethnic hospital workers in Bolton reported abuse from patients or visitors in the past year, a new report has revealed. Bolton Hospital NHS Trust has published a Workforce Race Equality report which showed that…

Sadiq Khan calls for ‘urgent action’ as BAME Londoners face…

By S Neeraj Krishna SADIQ KHAN has called for urgent action to tackle “stark inequalities” as a City Hall study warned black, Asian and minority ethnic Londoners faced a significantly higher Covid death risk. Commissioned by the London mayor, the report published on Thursday (1) said black people and men…

BBC boss Tim Davie: We will investigate Eastern Eye reports…

    BBC director general Tim Davie has said he will look into allegations of racism and a “toxic work culture” at the corporation following a series of exposés in Eastern Eye. Davie confirmed his response on Tuesday (29), when he was questioned by Conservative MP (Winchester and Chandler's Ford)…

BAME people face ‘double whammy’ of higher health, debt risks:…

By S Neeraj Krishna PEOPLE from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities face a “double whammy” of higher health and financial risks due to the pandemic than the general population, a UK think-thank has cautioned. Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said people from BAME groups were…

Marsha de Cordova wants Labour to ‘move away’ from using…

By S Neeraj Krishna LABOUR MP Marsha de Cordova believes the party should “really move away” from using “a blob of the term BAME” to describe minority ethnic groups in the UK Speaking at online Labour meet on Sunday (20), the shadow women and equalities secretary said the blanket categorisation…

Action on UK’s pandemic disparities ‘needed now more than ever’:…

By S Neeraj Krishna HEALTH and social leaders in the UK have cautioned that action to tackle disproportionate impact of the pandemic is “needed now more than ever”. Concerns were raised over the weekend as reports said one-third of Covid-19 patients in intensive care were from black, Asian and minority…

Prof Mahendra Patel joins national Covid-19 trial as co-investigator

By Priyankur Mandav SENIOR academic pharmacist Professor Mahendra Patel has advocated greater involvement of community pharmacies in recruiting volunteers from ‘underrepresented’ minority communities for a ground-breaking Covid-19 treatment trial. Putting pharmacy on the platform at the University of Oxford, Prof Patel has joined the PRINCIPLE trial on treatments for Covid-19…

BBC sees dip in BAME trust, viewership across North, Midlands

THE BBC has recorded a dip in viewership among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, according its annual report. The broadcaster also saw a decline over the past year in popularity rate among young viewers, and in the North and Midlands regions. According to its annual analysis, the volume of BAME…

UK gives ‘£1mn boost’ to charities supporting domestic abuse victims

By S Neeraj Krishna TWENTY-FIVE charities supporting domestic abuse victims and their families during the pandemic will receive a “£1 million boost” to sustain their work, the UK government said on Wednesday (16). The allocation is part of a £10 million emergency fund announced earlier to “support those providers facing…

BAME sociology teachers face hostility while covering race, ethnicity: Report

NEARLY half of black, Asian and minority ethnic sociology staff (46 per cent) at UK’s educational institutions have experienced or witnessed “racism, discrimination, harassment or hostility” from students and colleagues when teaching about race and ethnicity, a new report has revealed. The study commissioned by the British Sociological Association also…

Birmingham study says cleaners, BAME workers face higher virus risk…

HOSPITAL cleaners and other healthcare workers in departments deemed lower risk were more than twice likely to have been infected with Covid-19 than intensive care medics, according to a study of several British hospitals at the peak of the pandemic. The research also noted that that people of black, Asian…

New Lib Dem leader vows ‘to listen and make changes’

  By Sir Ed Davey Leader of the Liberal Democrats IT’S AN incredibly humbling thing to be elected leader of a party I joined 30 years ago. I joined the Liberal Democrats back then because of what it stood for – fairness and equal­ity, social justice and in­ternationalism. I joined…

Experts raise alarm as pandemic widens learning gap between rich…

EXPERTS have called for long-term, targeted intervention as the learning gap between the richest and poorest pupils in Britain has expanded by at least 46 per cent since March, according to a new study. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) said the figure was “likely to be an underestimate”,…

British Sikh soldier’s promotion makes waves on social media

A British Sikh soldier’s promotion within the UK Army ranks has become a social media sensation after the news posted by his proud wife attracted thousands of messages and comments. Corporal Chamandeep Singh, a Punjab-born soldier in the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) of the British Army, attended a military school…

BBC must be more diverse, says outgoing chief in final…

THE BBC must do more to become a diverse organisation, the British broadcaster's director-general said in his final speech in the role on Monday (24). Tony Hall also told the Edinburgh TV Festival in an online speech that in an age of misinformation, public service values have "never been more…

Two-thirds of BAME people feel police are biased, over 70…

ABOUT two-thirds of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds believe police forces are biased against them, a study has revealed. The survey by Hope Not Hate found four out of five black and Bangladeshi Britons feel “police are biased against people from my background and ethnic group”, and…

Anger at ‘avoidable’ BAME deaths

by LAUREN CODLING “IMMEDIATE” action is needed to protect ethnic minority communities ahead of a potential second Covid-19 wave, a Labour party task force said on Monday (17), as an inquiry described the impact of the virus on people from a BAME background as an “urgent medical emergency”. The task…

Researchers urge BAME groups and elderly people to sign up…

UK researchers have urged elderly people and volunteers from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to sign up to a Covid-19 vaccine trial registry to boost efforts to find a working vaccine. Government officials said on Monday (17) that over 100,000 people registered to take part in trials, adding that…

Bolton councillor loses housing board role after blaming BAME groups…

A TORY councillor who blamed the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities for a spike in Covid-19 cases has lost his role in a housing association in Greater Manchester. Bob Allen, who was also suspended by the Conservative Party, had sparked outrage after he ranted online against minorities and the…

Antibody testing reveals ‘far higher’ rate of Covid-19 infection among…

THE World’s largest home antibody testing programme for Coronavirus has revealed 'far higher' rates of infection in people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  According to the findings,  published by The Imperial College London on Thursday (13) people from Black (17 per cet), Asian (12 per cent) and other…

Labour MP accuses police of racial profiling, institutional racism after…

LABOUR MP Dawn Butler has accused the Met Police of racial profiling, after she and a male friend were pulled over while driving through Hackney in a "nice car" on Sunday (9). The former shadow equalities minister said there was "institutional racism in the police", adding that it was "about…

Health leaders back ‘national pledge’ to eliminate inequalities in mental…

SENIOR LEADERS of NHS trusts and public bodies have backed the UK’s “first national pledge” to reduce ethnic inequalities in mental health care, and transform medical systems to be “less institutionally racist”. Spearheaded by the national initiative Synergi Collaborative Centre, the pledge -- a “Statement of Intent” – was launched…

Why we need an Office for Minority Health

  By Dinesh Bhugra Professor Emeritus Mental Health & Cultural Diversity King’s College, London ANOTHER day and another enquiry has been ordered to look at why there are disparities be­tween black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals and the majority white population. Yet another commission on race and ethnic dis­parities…

Campaigners seek to clarify confusion around UK’s Gandhi coin

Campaigners in the UK on Tuesday (4) sought to clarify confusion arising out of recent reports of Mahatma Gandhi being featured on a future commemorative coin being mistakenly associated with a separate drive for ethnic minority representation on British legal tender. The UK's Treasury department confirmed that the commemorative coin…

Claudia Webbe MP appeals to reject ‘divide and rule tactics’

LEICESTER MP Claudia Webbe has appealed people to reject the divide and rule tactics and called for unity. She added that the diversity in the UK is its strength. “We must oppose all attempts to divide our communities, which have been under significant strain and have made many sacrifices during…

Tory MP ignites racism row as he blames BAME communities…

A TORY MP has come under fire for blaming black, Asian, minority ethnic communities for a surge in coronavirus cases. Craig Whittaker, MP for Calder Valley, recently told LBC radio that "sections of our community" were "just not taking the pandemic seriously". Asked if he was referring to the Muslim…

Rishi Sunak wants ethnic minorities on UK coins

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak on Sunday (2) backed a campaign for influential ethnic minority figures to be featured on a set of UK coins to celebrate Britain’s diversity. Mahatma Gandhi is in the running as an influential Commonwealth figure, as the UK’s Royal Mint considers the plans as part of…

Top UK law firm sets diversity targets, aims 35 per…

TOP British law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has set an annual target of having 35 per cent ethnic minority trainees, including 10 per cent black candidates. The international legal practice said on Wednesday (29) it was also aiming 15 per  partners (currently 9 per cent) and 25 per cent lawyers (22…

UK launches studies worth over £4mn on link between Covid-19…

THE link between the coronavirus pandemic and ethnicity will be investigated in six new multi-million pound research projects, it was announced on Wednesday (29). Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the projects will seek to explain and mitigate the disproportionate death…

Rishi Sunak considers ethnic minority figures on UK coins

UK chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak is reportedly considering a proposal for influential ethnic minority figures to be featured on a set of UK coins to celebrate Britain’s diversity. According to The Sunday Telegraph, plans have been submitted to the Royal Mint to work out some proposals as the…

Exclusive: Former top Asian civil servant’s ‘worry’ at turmoil in…

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY HE REMAINS the only south Asian civil servant to have reached the top tier of the government in the UK. Sir Suma Chakrabarti left the government in 2012 as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The only other post more senior is the head of…

Priti Patel promises reforms in Home Office after the Windrush…

BRITISH home secretary Priti Patel on Tuesday (21) promised major reforms in the Home Office as she announced an action plan in response to the Wendy Williams Windrush lessons learned review. The minister announced omprehensive training  Home Office staff, reconciliation events with the victims of the scandal and diverse shortlists…

Air pollution, poor-standard homes linked to severe impact of Covid-19…

A study of 400 hospital patients in the UK has revealed that air pollution, overcrowded and poor-standard homes are linked to severe impact of Covid-19 on people from minority ethnic groups. People from areas of environmental and housing deprivation were twice as likely to arrive at hospital with more severe…

Doctors warn racial bias in research behind COVID-19 disparity in…

A group of Indian-origin doctors has warned that inherent racial bias in medical research and practice could be exacerbating the disproportionately severe impact of COVID-19 among ethnic minorities in the UK and globally, as they call for a wider study into lifestyle-related risks among them. While metabolic syndrome (MetS) that…

Exclusive: Asian judges speak out about working in a shocking…‘Culture…

By Barnie Choudhury They administer justice and safeguard the law, and yet they are the powerless victims of racism. South Asian judges have this week blown the whistle on “a culture of racism, fear and bullying” in the British judiciary. After a six-week investigation, Eastern Eye can exclusively reveal a…

Labour demands ‘basic answers’ on Boris Johnson’s new racial inequality…

THE LABOUR PARTY has accused the government of announcing “review after review” but doing “precious little with recommendations” as it called for clarity on Boris Johnson’s new racial inequality commission. In mid-June, following massive anti-racism protests, the prime minister had announced “a new cross-government commission to look at what is going on…

Keir Starmer warns of unemployment ‘we have not seen for…

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer has said that the Covid-19 pandemic had a disproportionate impact on black, Asian and minority ethnic communities as it has picked away at inequalities which were already there. He opined that the coming economic challenge will be 'profound', and warned of unemployment on a scale that…

‘Covid advice still needs to be culturally specific’

By Prof Kiran Patel and Prof Kamlesh Khunti COVID-19 has affected us all. Early data in the pandemic gave rise to concern that there was a dispropor­tionate impact on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) patients and NHS staff. This resulted in many theories about why the inequality in risk…

Former England footballer wants 30 per cent BAME representation at…

FORMER England soccer international Eniola Aluko has called for an increase in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) racial diversity at the top level of UK Sport to 30 per cent. The lack of ethnic minority representation in national sports governing bodies has come to light through the Black Lives Matter movement…

Community investment scheme worth £140,000 to encourage BAME organ donors

A funding of £140,000 was distributed among 25 organisations as part of the first round of the BAME Community Investment Scheme which encourages organ donation among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The scheme, led by NHS Blood and Transplant, with support from the National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA), addresses…

UK film and TV industry ”behind” regarding diversity, says Sandra…

Actor Sandra Oh has said the UK is "behind" in terms of diversity on film and TV sets. The Canadian-American actor, who stars in the hit BBC series Killing Eve, explained how sometimes she is the only Asian person on a set when shooting in the country. "The UK, I'm…

Pregnant BAME women to be given more care due to…

PREGNANT women from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds should be given additional support as they face a “heightened risk” due to Covid-19, the NHS England has said. Recent research from Oxford University showed that 55 per cent of the pregnant women admitted to hospitals due to Covid-19 were…

Local charity urges the government to include BAME organisations while…

Local charity, the Asian Resource of Centre Croydon (ARCC) has published a report, in partnership with Big Local Broad Green (BLBG), highlighting the impact of Covid-19 on the local community and reveals how issues of marginalisation were exacerbated during the Covid-19 lockdown. The 50-page report said that how befriending calls…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘We are losing a generation to racism’

By Barnie Choudhury   ASIAN law enforcers and parliamentari­ans have warned that Britain will lose yet another generation to structural racism and inequality if the government does not “get a grip”’ and carry out some of the hundreds of recommendations from previous race inquiries. They have told Eastern Eye that…

BAME IT specialists less likely to be in top roles…

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY professionals from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are less likely to be in top positions than their white peers – “despite being better qualified”, a new study has found. Research by the charity British Computer Society found that only 9 per cent of BAME IT specialists were…

BAME children face higher risk of mental health issues amid…

CHILDREN from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds suffer face a higher risk of mental health issues due to the pandemic than their white counterparts, new research reveals. Experts observed that the higher risk of BAME people dying due to Covid-19, and the pandemic's impact on schools were key factors…

UK is so far behind in terms of representation, it’s…

Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years A Slave, has called out "blatant racism" in the British film and television industry. In an op-ed for The Observer newspaper, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said it is “shameful” that the producers in the UK are still not bringing together a diverse workforce. “I’m fed…

BAME task force writes to government, broadcasters on ‘cultural problems’…

A newly set up 'BAME TV Task Force' has sent out a hard-hitting letter on “cultural problems within the UK television industry” to the government and the country’s top broadcasters. “For many years we have stayed silent, due to fear of being blacklisted. But in the current climate we feel…

South Asians in UK most likely to die in hospital;…

SOUTH ASIAN people are the most likely to die of Covid-19 after being hospitalised in the UK, an extensive analysis has found. The study covering about 35,000 people admitted to 260 hospitals noted that those with south Asian backgrounds faced about 20 per cent higher risk of death compared with…

“Solanki’s success will open the door for other BAME coaches”

By Sarwar Alam Vikram Solanki’s appointment as Surrey’s head coach will help open the door for the next generation British Asian coaches, according to the National Asian Cricket Council (NACC). Solanki, 44, became the first British Asian head coach of a county cricket team after he was chosen to take…

PHE review proposes seven-point BAME protection plan, calls for ‘large…

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND has outlined a seven-point plan for ensuring better coronavirus protection to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. The set of recommendations were compiled as part of a review published on June 2 that said BAME people up to 50 per cent more likely to die due…

Racism ‘a root cause’ of Covid-19 exposure risk among BAME…

RACIAL discrimination is a major cause of high Covid-19 death rates among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK, an official inquiry has found. The revelation came as the media accessed a section of the Public Health England‘s recent review that had been withheld, allegedly due to concerns…

BMA seeks government explanation as academic says BAME protection advice…

THE British Medical Association has urged the government to explain on why it did not publish "the full report" on the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. On Thursday (11), a British-Indian academic, who had peer-reviewed a recent Public Health England inquiry paper on tackling…

UK should focus on ‘inclusive recovery’ as pandemic could worsen…

THE coronavirus crisis is exposing Britain's existing inequalities -- between low and high earners, young and old workers and for ethnic minorities -- which could be aggravated without reforms, a leading think tank said on Thursday (11). People on low wages are most at risk of losing income and their…

Doctors begin legal battle over UK government’s “refusal to address…

A husband-wife doctor couple have launched judicial review proceedings against the UK government over what they say is a refusal to address safety issues around personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Nishant Joshi and his pregnant wife, Dr Meenal Viz, had initiated…

Unemployment hits BAME people harder as UK job market plummets…

PEOPLE from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in Britain have been hit harder by job losses during the coronavirus crisis than the population as a whole, researchers have found. The share of BAME people in employment fell to 67.4 per cent in April from 72.0 per cent in February, researchers from…

‘Tailored help key to tackling mental health among Asians’

By Barnie Choudhury IF CORONAVIRUS has shown us one thing, it is that Asian and black people are dying disproportionately from the disease. This pandemic neither knows nor cares for race, social class or gender. It destroys lives, wreaking physical and emotional hav­oc in its wake. This week, Ankur Khajuria,…

Covid-19 a chance to “build environment of equality”, says campaigner

by LAUREN CODLING A LEADING equalities campaigner has said that the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to “build an environment of equality of opportunity and justice for everyone”. Lord Simon Woolley, founder of Operation Black Vote (OBV), made the comments on the eve of the publication of the Public Health…

Exclusive: ‘What were they doing for six weeks?’

By Barnie Choudhury PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND (PHE) did not speak formally to key experts and organisations for its review into why a disproportionate number of Asian and black people are dying from Covid-19, reliable sources have told Eastern Eye. On Tuesday (2), PHE published findings of its review into the…

BAME people face higher risk of death due to Covid-19,…

THE much-awaited Public Health England review on disparities in the impact of the pandemic has confirmed that the risk of dying due to Covid-19 is higher people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups than in white ethnic groups. “Death rates from Covid-19 were highest among people of Black…

Met Police accused of racism as video of officer detaining…

THE Met Police has been accused of racial profiling as public outrage grew over a video that showed a policewoman handcuffing a black off-duty ambulance in Lewisham. The now viral video, which was recorded on May 21, showed the officer questioning and detaining the man even as he agreed to…

Risk factors for BAME groups need to be understood: Experts

Professor Kiran CR Patel Chief medical officer and Cardiologist, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire EMERGING evidence from the NHS in the UK and from the US suggest a disproportionate im­pact of Covid-19 on patients and staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. A recent study from King’s…

BAME campaigners seek ‘Race Equality Strategy’ to tackle ‘deep-seated inequalities’

A group of social campaigners, academics and religious leaders have urged the government to formulate a “Race Equality Strategy” in the light of the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on BAME communities. Studies have been indicating that Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people are more vulnerable to Covid-19 complications, and…

Plan to support pregnant women during Covid-19

By Zeenath Uddin Head of quality and safety Royal College of Midwives THERE is barely a cor­ner of the world that hasn’t been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We will know friends or family, both here and overseas, who have had the disease. Most will have experienced it on­ly mildly…

Exclusive: Investigate ingrained NHS racism, says Trevor Phillips

By Barnie Choudhury and Shailesh Solanki ASIAN and black health workers are be­ing put in harm’s way during the corona­virus pandemic because of “structural racism”, one of the country’s leading equalities campaigners has claimed. Trevor Phillips, former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), said some workers were…

Over 75 per cent of BAME doctors worried about getting…

OVER three-quarters of black, Asian and minority ethnic doctors remain concerned about getting infected with coronavirus at work, a new survey has found. According to the study by Royal College of Physicians (RCP), at least 48 per cent of all doctors it surveyed were either “concerned or very concerned” about…

Naga Munchetty opens up on childhood racist jibes and Trump’s…

NAGA MUNCHETTY has opened up on some of the major equality issues she has faced in her life – from being called a “P***” as a child to her “absolutely furious” reaction to a racist tweet from Donald Trump. The popular TV host also confirmed that “all four main presenters…

Pressure mounts on government for public inquiry into higher risk…

Pressure mounted on the UK government on Sunday (10) to launch an independent public inquiry into the reasons behind the higher risk faced by ethnic minorities, including Indians, in the country from the coronavirus. In a letter to British prime minister Boris Johnson, a coalition of around 70 prominent figures…

Anti-racist campaigners appeal ‘no premature end to lockdown’ as BAME…

Labour's Diane Abbott MP and anti-racist campaigners have voiced against the  premature end to the lockdown. A joint statement highlighting particular concern at the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities has been signed by MPs including Diane Abbott, John McDonnell, Dawn Butler, trade union general…

Sadiq Khan seeks ‘greater transparency’ to reveal ‘true extent of…

SADIQ KHAN has called for ethnicity to be recorded on all death certificates to “fully expose” the disproportionate deaths due to Covid-19 and other illnesses among England’s black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. The lopsided impact on these communities has become increasingly clear with studies by organisations, such as…

Southall Black Sisters ‘worried about funding after Covid-19’

By Barnie Choudhury    ONE of the country’s leading national charities which helps south Asian women escape domestic abuse says it fears Cov­id-19 will make it more difficult to get funding in the future. For the past 40 years, London’s Southall Black Sisters has helped hundreds of wom­en flee violent…

BAME groups face ‘two to three times’ higher risk of…

THE risk of dying from coronavirus is two to three times higher for England's black and minority ethnic communities, according to an academic analysis of health service data reported Thursday. The study, by University College London (UCL), is the latest to suggest that the Covid-19 illness hits ethnic minorities in…

Poor diet linked with India’s COVID-19 deaths, says Dr Aseem…

Poor diet is a major cause behind the COVID-19 deaths and Indians must urgently cut down on ultra-processed food to build resilience against the deadly virus, a leading Indian-origin cardiologist in the UK has cautioned. Dr Aseem Malhotra, who is among the UK's National Health Service (NHS) frontline medics and…

New NHS guidance calls for redeployment of BAME frontline staff…

FRONTLINE health workers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds could be reassigned roles involving lesser risk of Covid-19 exposure, according to new NHS guidance. The NHS top brass, on Wednesday (29), warned that BAME staff should be “risk-assessed”, as data suggested that they were more vulnerable to coronavirus…

Asian medics in pandemic fight fear for their lives

SENIOR doctors have demanded “immediate” govern­ment action to tackle the disproportionate number of deaths among ethnic minority communities suffering from the Covid-19 virus. Although the government announced on April 16 that it would launch an inquiry into why people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds appear to be…

‘UK media should truly be celebrating diverse Britain’

By Barnie Choudhury  WHEN Prince Charles said he wanted to be the ‘defender of faith’ rather than ‘the defender of the faith’ this paper ran the story on the front page. It understood the significance – a future head of state recognised that the UK could no longer be con­sidered…

Scientists should lead review into impact of Covid-19 on minorities

By Amit Roy THE Labour party announced last week that Sir Keir Starmer had “appointed campaigner and Labour peer Doreen Lawrence to the post of race relations adviser and tasked her with leading a review into the impact of coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities”. The whole…

Labour party to review impact of Covid-19 on ethnic minorities

The Labour party on Friday (24) announced a review into the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s minority ethnic populations. Labour party Leader Keir Starmer hosted a digital roundtable alongside ministers from his shadow cabinet and representatives from Britain’s minorities communities to kick-start the process of analysing…

With 420 deaths, Indians emerge as worst-hit minority group in…

PEOPLE of Indian origin in England have emerged as the worst-affected minority group in the coronavirus crisis, according to official data on Covid-19 deaths in hospitals across the country. Figures released this week by the NHS England show that of the 13,918 patients who died in hospitals till April 17…

BAME police officers take on the ‘Don’t Rush’ challenge to…

Black, Asian and minority ethnic officers of the West Midlands Police have launched a series of #Don’tRush videos online to boost the force’s recruitment drive amid the coronavirus crisis. Reports said officers from BAME backgrounds from "all over Birmingham and beyond joined the latest TikTok craze". The videos juxtaposes visuals…

NHS data shows BAME people account for 35 per cent…

THE latest data released by NHS England has revealed that 16.2 per cent of COVID-19 victims in the UK are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. It also shows that these communities account for 35 per cent of all the coronavirus patients in intensive care. But, BAME constitutes…

Ethnicity of COVID-19 patients should be published: Sadiq Khan

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that the ethnicity of COVID-19 patients should be collected and published in real-time. There should be a commitment from the UK government to routinely collect and publish data on the demographics of everyone impacted by the coronavirus so that we can understand and act…

Law firms’ diversity ‘pushback’

RELUCTANCE TO CHANGE STATUS QUO AND COVERT BIAS ARE HOLDING BAME LAWYERS BACK by S NEERAJ KRISHNA BLACK, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) lawyers are significantly under-represented in mid- to-large-size firms (those with six or more partners), a recent survey found. Larger firms, with at least 50 partners, had the…

BMA seeks daily update on ethnicity of Covid-19 patients

The UK’s leading doctors’ union on Friday (17) called on the government to ensure its review into the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic communities must be informed by the real-time data collection for the real effect. The British Medical Association (BMA) welcomed Downing Street’s announcement…

Covid-19: UK to review BAME deaths

  A REVIEW into why a disproportionate number of ethnic minorities across the UK have succumbed to the coronavirus was announced by the government this afternoon. Recent data has revealed a third of patients suffering from Covid-19 symptoms and who are in intensive care are of BAME heritage. A spokesperson…

British Indian doctors probe ethnicity factor in Covid-19 vulnerability

Indian-origin doctors in the UK have initiated an in-depth research into the role of ethnicity in greater susceptibility of BAME communities to develop more critical symptoms of Covid-19. A report by the UK's Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) this week had revealed that the country’s ethnic minority…

BAME millennials face higher risk of unstable employment

MILLENNIALS from BAME backgrounds were 58 per cent more likely to be unemployed than white peers, said a new report. They also faced a higher risk of “unstable employment”, said the study titled ‘Race Inequality in the Workforce’, which was recently tabled in Parliament. Millennials from black, Asian and minority…

BAME medical students face rampant racism, says BMA

TRAINEE doctors from the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities continue to face rampant racism at medical schools, says the British Medical Association. The BMA said the students experienced a “culture of fear”, as medical schools weren’t doing enough to curb racial harassment. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, observed…

NHS nurse terms career “interesting and rewarding”

AN INDIAN origin NHS nurse has described her nursing career as “varied, interesting and rewarding” as the health service announced its mission to fill thousands of vacant nursing roles. With recruits from the European Union beginning to leave the NHS in large numbers, the question of how to staff the…

Grant of £1m to improve outcomes of BAME children

THE Alliance of Sport, with support from the Youth Justice Board (YJB), has secured a £1 million grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. The project will take place over the next three years and will use sport to improve the health and life outcomes for more than 11,200 black, Asian and minority…

‘Too few Asians in top NHS leadership roles’

  By Nadeem Badshah URGENT action is needed to address the lack of Asians in top management jobs in the NHS, according to leading health campaigners. New figures show that people of south Asian origin made up nearly 30 per cent of medical staff in the NHS in 2019, accounting…

London-based BAME start-ups receive £50m loans

THE British Business Bank’s start-up loans programme is providing a funding boost to London-based entrepreneurs from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, new figures show. Latest data from the government-backed programme show that it has issued 7,366 loans to start-up owners in London from BAME backgrounds, amounting to more than £50 million in…

Shobana Jeyasingh among British Asians on New Year’s Honours List

INTERNATIONALLY renowned choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, entrepreneur Rishi Khosla and celebrity chef Nadiya Hussian are among prominent British Asians named in the New Year Honours List unveiled on Friday evening (27). Critically acclaimed choreographer Jeyasingh, whose work has toured across the globe, becomes a Commander of the Order of the British…

Lord Woolley urges BME community to vote in General Election

by LORD SIMON WOOLLEY After more than 25 years of encouraging, and inspiring Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to register to vote, and vote at Operation Black Vote (OBV), I found myself the extraordinary position where I can’t vote! Not in this or any other any other General election,…

It is good to talk – Claire Alison Hams

A POSITIVE shift continues to occur as awareness increases around the vital need to address not only physical wellbeing, but also mental and emotional health. There is now a return from conventional modern medicine to the more holistic approach of our ancestors. The talking therapies profession is working hard to…

Labour politicians lash out at party over Vaz replacement

THE Labour Party's selection of Claudia Webbe as a replacement for Keith Vaz as its candidate in Leicester East has enraged a few supporters. Navin Shah, a London Assembly member from Brent, has accused Labour of being not transparent enough in its selection process. "UK Labour has perfected stitch up…

UK parties choosing fewer BAME candidates, says thinktank

MINISTERS have been warned that ethnic diversity in Parliament is on course to “stall” after it was revealed that there has been a significant drop in the number of candidates selected from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) for the next general election. Both the Conservatives and Labour Party…

GG2 Diversity Conference speakers address issues around inclusion in workplace

THE GG2 Diversity conference opened last Thursday (10) with speeches by a number of inspirational speakers, including politicians, campaigners, academics and senior executives. The conference was hosted by the Asian Media Group (AMG), which publishes Eastern Eye, Garavi Gujarat, Asian Trader, Pharmacy Business, the Asian Rich List and the GG2…

Naga Munchetty ‘breached BBC rules’ when she branded Donald Trump…

BBC host Naga Munchetty breached BBC guidelines by criticising US president Donald Trump of perceived racism, the broadcasting corporation's complaints unit has ruled. A BBC spokeswoman said on Wednesday (25) the corporation's Executive Complaints Unit [ECU] had ruled that "while Ms Munchetty was entitled to give a personal response to…

Minorities, women staff likely harassment victims at Bank of England 

BANK of England said it investigated 25 incidents of bullying and harassment in nearly a decade. The bank’s data for the period between June 2009 and January 2019 came in response to a freedom of information request. The latest statement shows that women and ethnic minorities are more likely to…

Virgin Atlantic sets sights high with more diverse plane icons

by AMIT ROY CREATING the right brand for a company is quite an art – and Sir Richard Branson, boss of Virgin Atlantic, is changing the mascots on his aircraft after 35 years in order to reflect the ethnic and LGBT diversity of modern Britain. It has long been acknowledged…

Bias faced by British Asians keeps them out of Football:…

  By Nadeem Badshah FOOTBALL authorities must do more to tackle racist abuse at the grassroots and youth level and hand out tougher punishments to players who were found guilty, campaigners have urged. The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Football Forum (BFF) revealed players as young as seven have suffered…

Young BAME prisoners outnumber whites

MORE Asians, blacks and ethnic minority youths are in young offender institutions compared with white people, government figures show. In May, there were 415 black, Asian and minority young people in custody in England and Wales compared with 396 whites, Ministry of Justice figures showed. This was the first time…

Row erupts after white woman picked to represent BAME women…

A ROW has erupted in a constituency Labour branch after it elected a white woman for its Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic forum. On Saturday (6), East Ham's Labour branch elected a white Irish woman, who identified erself as belonging to an ethnic minority. She was chosen instead of an…

Universities must challenge attainment gap, study says

by LAUREN CODLING AN ASIAN student has said universities need to communicate with ethnic minority students more in order to support their needs, as new research showed white students were more likely to get higher grades than their BAME counterparts. Last week, research by Universities UK and the National Union…

Universities told to ‘decolonise’ curriculum to promote diversity

UNIVERSITIES in the UK have been asked to "decolonise" their curriculum so that it appeals to black and Asian students. Universities UK, which represents vice-Chancellors, commissioned a review to find how institutions can ensure more students from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups can attain top degrees. Baroness Valerie Amos,…

Incorrect information circulating about organ donation law change

SEVERAL posts that have been circulating across social media and WhatsApp containing incorrect information about the change in law about organ donation have resulted in big spikes in opt outs, said the NHS Blood and Transplant. These messages, which claim that all residents in the UK are now automatically on…

BAME workers facing insecure work than whites in UK, says TUC report

BLACK, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers are far more likely to be trapped in temporary and insecure work in the UK, a new study showed.   BAME workers fare worse than white workers in the jobs market, said the Trade Union Congress (TUC) report published at the start of its…

International Women’s Day: Looking At Today And The Future

BY LAUREN CODLING AS THE world celebrates International Women’s Day on Friday (8), it is important to reflect on the progression we have made and how we can continue to do so. Eastern Eye spoke with a selection of influential women to find out their hopes for girls in the…

Ethnic Minority Employees Leaving Bank Of England In Disproportionate Numbers

ETHNIC minority employees are leaving the Bank of England (BoE) in disproportionate numbers and feel more uncomfortable with the organisation's culture, according to research. The bank's non-executive directors admitted the "BAME [black, Asian and minority ethnic] resignation rate was above that for the bank as a whole" and said that…

UK promotes organ donation among Hindu, Jain communities

The UK government on Monday (28) announced funding for several organisations working with the country's Hindu and Jain communities to address an urgent need for ethnic minority organ donors. The organisations are launching projects to break down myths and encourage British Hindus to become organ donors after bidding for a…

Nitin Sawhney among prominent British Asians on New Year’s Honours…

MUSICIAN Nitin Sawhney, entrepreneur Vijay Patel and barrister-turned-restaurateur Nisha Katona are among prominent British Asians named in the New Year Honours List unveiled tonight (28). Sawhney, who most recently composed music for the Warner Bros/ Netflix film Mowgli, is an accomplished producer, songwriter and performer. He scored the music for…

Britain’s BAME workers face £3bn pay gap, says report

MINORITY workers in the UK face a pay penalty of £3.2 billion because of their ethnic background, a new report has found. Pakistani and Bangladeshi men (who are not graduates) face the biggest pay penalties at £1.91 an hour (14 per cent), while black male non-graduates face a pay penalty…

‘Boardrooms have to be representative of the communities they serve,’…

If things had gone differently, Wasim Khan would now be the director of the England cricket team. Instead, the current Leicestershire chief executive will head-off to Lahore, Pakistan to take up the intriguing, yet daunting role of head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Khan, who is the only chief…

New Faith And Beliefs Declaration To Help Overcome Barriers To…

A new option added to the NHS organ donor register has been developed to give reassurance about how organ donation can go ahead in line with a person’s faith or beliefs. The development comes in response to the government’s recent organ donation consultation in England, in which some faith groups…

‘Ending racial bias key to UK’s social integration’

BY ROSIE CARTER NEW research released by The Guardian this week has revealed the shocking extent of racial bias in the UK. In almost every aspect of everyday life, at work, in restaurants, bars, clubs, on the street, BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) people have experienced discrimination. According to…

UK ANNOUNCES NEW SYSTEM OF CONSENT FOR ORGAN AND TISSUE…

The UK has announced plans to introduce a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation in a bid to meet the urgent need for organs for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. The new system is expected to come into effect in spring 2020. The announcement…

UK launches campaign to boost Asian organ donation

The UK government has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing organ donation rates within black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities by raising awareness and breaking down barriers to donation. According to a new report released earlier this week, only 7 per cent of donors last year were from…

Why justice system needs more decision makers from minority groups

[caption id="attachment_43528" align="alignleft" width="142"] by SAILESH MEHTA[/caption] FIFTEEN years ago, the Lord Chancellor attend­ed a meeting of lawyers and judges to promote a government campaign to encourage more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) lawyers to ap­ply to become judges. “Don’t be shy – apply!” was the catchphrase. When the…

Lack of senior Asian judges criticised

by LAUREN CODLING THE lack of a judge from an ethnic minority in the supreme court is “appalling”, Labour MP David Lammy has said, as new statistics released last week showed the dearth of minorities within senior roles in the judiciary. Lammy, who conducted a review on the criminal justice…

BME women MPs want law changed to stop online trolls

by LAUREN CODLING PRIME MINISTER Theresa May last weekend urged web companies to do more to protect women and girls from online abuse, as several female ethnic minority MPs called for social media giants to address the issue. The prime minister made the comments during her speech at the G7…

Making a play for diversity

By AMIT ROY SPURNED BY PEERS, OXFORD’S BAME STUDENTS STAGE DRAMA TO ACCLAIM ASIAN undergraduates at Oxford have joined forces with their fel­low black students to mount a dramatic act of rebellion that they claim has “never happened before” at the university. The students have successfully put on a play…

Sajid Javid is new UK home secretary

BRITISH Asian SAJID Javid was named this morning (30) as Britain's new home secretary after Amber Rudd resigned from that post, having "inadvertently misled" parliament about deportation targets for illegal immigrants. Prime minister Theresa May's Downing Street office announced the appointment in a statement. Javid was previously Britain's communities minister.…

Vote for Women centenary: Fighting period poverty is #THENEXTSTEP for…

By Dawn Butler Shadow secretary of state for women and equalities A 100 years ago today our country took the first important step in giving some women the right to vote. Tuesday (6) was a momentous occasion marking the centenary of women’s suffrage, celebrating the achievements of phenomenal women. This…

Labour reverses decision to lower ticket prices for ethnic minorities

Britain's Labour Party said Wednesday (24) it had reversed a decision to lower ticket prices for ethnic minorities attending a speech by leader Jeremy Corbyn after it was deemed to be potentially unlawful. Corbyn is due to speak at the East Midlands Regional Conference in Loughborough on February 17, and…

Shriti Vadera scoops coveted Hammer Award at glittering GG2 Leadership…

A TOP banker, a blind judge and the first responders at the scene of the London and Manchester terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire are among winners of this year’s GG2 Leadership Awards in London today (26). Baroness Shriti Vadera, the chair of Santander Bank, won the top honour…

Review exposes racial bias against ethnic minority in the UK

A review into the UK's justice system has concluded that there is an inherent racial bias against the ethnic minority population in the country and called for deferred or dropped prosecutions to fix the imbalance. The Lammy Review, an independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for Black, Asian…

Black and Asian comedy writers being offered six-month BBC traineeship

Comedy writers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are being encouraged to apply for a new, six-month traineeship at the BBC. The Felix Dexter Bursary honours the late comedy actor and writer who was named Time Out comedian of the year and featured in BBC comedies including The Fast…

The government’s frozen pension scheme is “discriminatory” says MP

By Reena Kumar The government's frozen pension scheme is “not only unjust, but clearly discriminatory,” Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has claimed. The Leeds North West MP was speaking during a debate in parliament last Thursday (20), where politicians condemned the longstanding policy. Over half of British state pensioners who…

“Minority roles models needed” in Met police

The lack of female role models from diverse communities within the Met police is hindering efforts to recruit Asian and black officers, Scotland Yard’s deputy commissioner has claimed. Over the past year, the proportion of minority officers working in the organisation has increased by just one per cent, and the…

UK broadcasters not transparent over diversity says union

AN INDUSTRY union is set to boycott a major diversity initiative over what it says is lack of transparency from major broadcasters. Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph & Theatre Union (BECTU), which represents black, Asian and minority ethnic community professionals among its members, claims that the much-heralded “Project Diamond” initiative which was…

Top professor calls for more organ donors from British ethnic…

A LEADING transplant expert has used the arrival of this year’s Organ Donation Week to ask for more black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) organ donors to come forward and help save thousands of lives. This year Organ Donation Week runs from September 5 until September 11 and is a…