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Lord Austin ‘surprised’ by troubles in Leicester last year

THE lead of an independent review investigating into clashes in Leicester last year has refuted suggestions that the authorities overlooked decades of deepening divides in the city. Dozens of people were arrested after community tensions erupted in August and September 2022 and led incidents of vandalism and attacks on places…

British Sikh MPs ‘concerned’ over Trudeau’s allegations against India

BRITISH Sikh members of Parliament Preet Kaur Gill and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi have reacted to “concerning” reports emanating from Canada, after prime minister Justin Trudeau alleged Indian involvement in the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in the country. The opposition Labour MPs, who represent heavily Sikh constituencies in England,…

Tan Dhesi MP appointed as shadow treasury minister

LABOUR MP Tan Dhesi has been appointed as the shadow exchequer secretary to the treasury, marking a significant step in his political career. The news came as part of the Frontbench reshuffle within the party, a statement said. "After having served for over three years as shadow railways minister, really…

Leicester East Labour party branch suspended over operation concerns

THE Labour party has suspended its entire Leicester East branch. The national executive (NEC) is investigating the troubled constituency Labour party (CLP) over concerns around its operation, according to an email seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS). All branch and constituency Labour party meetings will be stopped “until…

Shabana Mahmood promoted as Starmer reshuffles top Labour team

LABOUR MP Shabana Mahmood said she was honoured to be appointed shadow secretary of state for justice after party leader Sir Keir Starmer carried out a reshuffle on Monday (4). Days after prime minister Rishi Sunak’s mini reshuffle last week, Sir Keir named Birmingham Ladywood MP Mahmood to the shadow…

Labour suspends Leicester East unit over concerns around its operation

THE Labour Party has suspended its entire Leicester East branch, reports Sam Moorhouse. Its national executive (NEC) is investigating the troubled constituency Labour party (CLP) over concerns around its operation, according to an email seen by the LDRS. All branch and constituency Labour party meetings will be stopped “until further…

Labour MP Gareth Thomas writes to airlines requesting direct flights…

The Labour MP for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas has written to three airlines, Air India, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic to request that they consider bidding for extra slots to fly direct to Gujarat from British airports. Thomas, who is also the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British…

Sunak could face transparency queries over Infosys link in trade…

THE prime minister, Rishi Sunak, could face some transparency questions related to wife Akshata Murty’s Infosys shares, which are worth an estimated £500 million, in a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with India, according to a media report.   The Observer last Sunday (27) claimed that Labour and trade experts were…

Oldham Eton Star College to ‘remove barriers’ to induct more…

THE new Eton Star College in Oldham will “remove barriers” for students previously unlikely to have a chance of a university education, the borough’s council leader has said, writes Chris Gee. Last week, the government gave approval for the expansion of the elite boarding school Eton to open a sixth…

Labour MP calls for inquiry into ‘horrifying’ chapati study on…

A LABOUR MP has called for an inquiry into a “horrifying” chapati study using south Asian women in Coventry. Chapatis laced with a radioactive substance were fed to 20 south Asian women in 1969 to study iron absorption. Although the research was aimed at tracking down how iron was absorbed…

Labour scraps plan to roll out Ulez-style zones across country

LABOUR has ditched plans to roll out clean air zones across the country aimed at cutting carbon emissions after Uxbridge by-election defeat, reported The Telegraph. A narrow by-election loss last month in outer London has been blamed on London mayor Sadiq Khan's expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez),…

MPs call for direct Heathrow-Gujarat flights

THE Labour MP for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, who is also the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Gujaratis (APPG), joined other parliamentary representatives as they called on airports and airlines for more direct flights to Gujarat from Heathrow. The group met Heathrow airport policy lead Richard…

Our strategy was to be price leader, says Asda’s Mohsin…

ASDA boss Mohsin Issa defended his price-cutting measures as he told a group of MPs he grew up in the same environment as some of his customers from low-income households. Issa, who co-owns Asda with his brother Zuber, appeared before the business and trade committee in a follow-up session to…

Respite for Sunak as Tories avert wipeout

The ruling Conservatives on Friday (21) held the former seat of ex-prime minister Boris Johnson but saw hefty majorities in two other seats blown away as scandals and high inflation took their toll. Rishi Sunak was expected to become the first prime minister to lose three parliamentary seats on one…

Community pharmacy ready to play key role in NHS service,…

Politicians, researchers and pharmacy leaders called on the government to make community pharmacy a "fundamental" part of clinical services at an event at the House of Commons on Wednesday (13). At the launch of a research publication carried out by the University of Bath in conjunction with Sigma Pharmaceuticals, community…

Tory donor Amersi accused of trying to suppress truth

A SENIOR Conservative MP has accused the governing party’s major donor Mohamed Amersi of trying to suppress truth using legal threats.David Davis told the Commons that sections of a report, which alleged Amersi “mired in an international corruption scandal”, were withdrawn after the telecoms tycoon’s lawyers claimed they were defamatory.The…

Katharine Birbalsingh accuses Labour MP of racism

THE former chairwoman of the Social Mobility Commission, Katharine Birbalsingh, has accused a Labour MP of 'racist and bullying behaviour', reports said. The head teacher of Michaela Community School in northwest London, Birbalsingh alleged that her race urged Jess Phillips MP to 'whip up a social media mob' against her,…

Sunrise Radio boss Avtar Singh Lit mourned

WARM tributes have been paid to Avtar Singh Lit, who challenged the broadcasting rules of his day when he set up Sunrise Radio in 1989 and was unfairly labelled a “pirate” by the authorities. His death on Tuesday (27) in his 70s was announced by the station which described him…

Padma awards: Barry Gardiner, Peter Brook’s son collect honours

LABOUR MP for Brent North, Barry Gardiner, collected a prestigious honour bestowed on him by the Indian government at a ceremony in London last Friday (23). Gardiner, who founded the Labour Friends of India more than two decades ago, was presented the Padma Shri, a civilian award, at India House…

Labour MP raises concerns about Asda’s takeover deal

A LANCASHIRE Labour MP is asking for the competition regulator to investigate Asda’s takeover of the Blackburn-based EG Group’s UK and Ireland business. Ashley Dalton believes the proposed deal is ‘debt-laden’ and not in the interests of her constituents or the country. But EG group and Asda, both owned by…

Sunak, Braverman among Asian MPs who skipped voting against Johnson

Prime minister Rishi Sunak and home secretary Suella Braverman were among prominent Asian Conservatives who did not take part in the vote on Monday (19) on a report that concluded Boris Johnson deliberately lied about rule-breaking parties during the pandemic. MPs voted 354 to seven to endorse the Privileges Committee's…

Stop throwing hand grenades at Sunak, says Asian parliamentarian

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak standing up to Boris Johnson could be the making of him as a leader, an Asian parliamentarian told Eastern Eye. Sunak on Monday (12) revealed that his predecessor had asked him to “do something that I wasn't prepared to do,” in relation to the latter’s resignation…

India train tragedy: UK Parliament conveys condolences

A MOTION has been tabled in the House of Commons to convey cross-party condolences to India over the loss of lives as a result of the three-train collision in Odisha last week. The Early Day Motion (EDM), tabled on Monday (5) by the Labour MP for Southall in London, Virendra…

Garden of Unity: Celebrating diversity at the flower festival

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)-Eastern Eye “Garden of Unity”, designed by Manoj Malde, appears to have been one of the big hits of the Chelsea Flower Show this year. Located prominently on Main Avenue and close to the Great Pavilion, Malde’s vivid colours attracted even King Charles and Queen Camilla.…

Sadiq Khan says frequent death threats left him with mental…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that he is suffering from a 'cumulative' type of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to a combination of the regular death threats as well as dealing with the aftermath of disasters and terror attacks. Khan added that his doctor friend had told him about…

Tory donor Karan Chanana under investigation in India over fraud…

Major Tory donor and Indian rice magnate, Karan Chanana, is being investigated over allegations of fraud and money laundering, reported The Guardian. He faces probe in India over claims that tens of millions of pounds of bank loans were unlawfully diverted into shell entities. However, the tycoon has not responded…

Kier Starmer: Labour on course for general election success

The Conservatives suffered big losses last Friday (5) in the local election results, undermining prime minister Rishi Sunak’s attempts to revive the party’s fortunes - while Labour said it was on course to win the next national election, expected in 2024. The Tories’ worst fears were confirmed as results came…

Cricket, music mark Vaisakhi celebrations at Edgbaston

Cricket and music marked the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi in central Birmingham over the weekend. Around 80 people, including women and children, took part in the softball Vaisakhi Cricket Cup tournament - a fun competition - organised by the Club at Edgbaston’s indoor centre.The action was accompanied by traditional Punjabi…

Sadiq Khan: Photo IDs for local polls will alienate Asian,…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has accused the government of trying to alienate “certain groups of people” from the democratic process with the introduction of photo IDs which will be mandatory from next month’s local elections. Voters must show photo ID to get their ballot paper at polling stations on May…

Parliament told UK treating security of Indian mission with utmost…

The UK government has assured the House of Commons that it takes the security of the Indian High Commission in London "extremely seriously". In fact, on Monday (17) Security Minister Tom Tugendhat vowed to respond robustly to any criminal incidents that may occur at diplomatic missions in the country. Tugendhat's…

UK MP questions shifting of London-Ahmedabad flights from Heathrow to…

A senior Labour MP has questioned the rationale behind moving London-Ahmedabad direct flights from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport. Air India moved four of its services from Heathrow to Gatwick last month and this included the flights connecting the British Capital with Ahmedabad. Gareth Thomas, who represents London’s Harrow West in…

EXCLUSIVE: Stop putting Asians in danger

THE home secretary is pandering to right-wing racists and putting south Asian lives in danger, MPs and experts have told Eastern Eye. It follows Suella Braverman’s comments over the weekend (2) that “vulnerable white girls living in troubled circumstances have been abused, drugged, raped, and exploited”. She highlighted cases in…

Sunak’s childcare policy under fire as Akshata’s firm set to…

Questions have been raised about a potential conflict of interest for Rishi Sunak, as his wife's childcare firm, Koru Kids, is set to benefit from significant budget changes. Akshata Murty, the prime minister's wife, is a shareholder in the company, which is expected to receive funding from a pilot scheme…

Parliamentary group for British Gujaratis to address concerns of the…

The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on British Gujaratis will focus on issues of importance to the community in UK, a statement said. The public launch of the APPG  will take place on 25 April 2023 inside the houses of parliament, coinciding with Gujarat Day, the statement added. The inaugural meeting…

Heating up asylum debate is an own goal

THERE has been a new Sunday morning routine in our house this year. Since my ten- year-old daughter got into football by watching Euro 2020 and the Lionesses triumph in the women’s Euros, the alarm goes off at 7.30am so we can get up to watch the early morning repeat…

Mikes in Indian Parliament silenced, Rahul Gandhi tells British MPs

INDIA’S Congress MP Rahul Gandhi told British parliamentarians that functioning microphones in his country’s Parliament are often “silenced” to quieten the opposition. During an event organised by veteran Indian-origin Labour MP Virendra Sharma in the Grand Committee Room within the House of Commons complex in London on Monday (6), Gandhi…

Rupa Huq reinstated as Labour MP

RUPA HUQ has been reinstated as Labour MP five months after her suspension from the party after her comments about former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng. Last year, the MP for Ealing Central and Acton described Kwarteng as “superficially black” because of his educational background and the way he spoke. Labour suspended…

Preet Kaur Gill MP beefs up security after receiving ‘direct…

LABOUR MP Preet Kaur Gill said she was forced to step up her security after receiving a “direct threat” by email asking her to “watch your back”. The Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston told GB News last Saturday (4) she was worried about her family’s safety as she went about…

‘Treason bill will allow terror suspects to be tried in…

FORMER home secretary Priti Patel has reiterated her stance that Shamima Begum remains a “threat to our country” as she hit back at suggestions that the UK has become an “outlier” to its western allies over its stance to not allow the former Daesh member to return to the country.…

‘Staff may face increased pressure due to new photo ID…

THE Local Government Association (LGA), national membership body for local authorities, has warned that staff will face increased pressure because of new rules requiring all voters to produce photo ID in order to cast their ballots, a report said. The LGA raised the issue amid concerns that the requirements are…

Complaint against Preet Gill MP for undermining Sikh victims of…

SIKH members of Labour have complained to the party against shadow development secretary Preet Kaur Gill after she sent a series of WhatsApp messages undermining victims of sexual violence within gurdwaras, according to a report. In the messages, Gill said that those who are calling gurdwaras unsafe are using a…

We stand up for BBC: UK government in Parliament

BRITAIN has strongly defended the BBC and its editorial freedom in Parliament after a survey by Indian tax authorities on the media corporation's New Delhi and Mumbai offices last week. A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) junior minister responded to an urgent question raised in the House of Commons…

‘Asian pensioners need help to avoid slipping into poverty’

URGENT action needs to be taken to prevent more Asian elderly people being plunged into poverty, charities and MPs have urged. They have also backed calls to raise the state pension amount further, to lower the threshold for auto-enrolment in workplace pension schemes and for more education for workers of…

Tributes paid to Shree Ramsinghji Sardarsinghji Kumpavat, pillar of Hindu…

Rich tributes have been paid to Shree Ramsinghji Sardarsinghji Kumpavat, one of the pillars of Hindu community in Greater Manchester, who founded the first temple in Oldham. Shree Ramsinghji, 85, died in the early hours of Sunday (8) morning, the Indian Association Oldham announced. He arrived in Oldham in 1966,…

Royal family has ‘dark history of occupying Muslim lands’ says…

British extremist Anjem Choudary has called Prince Harry a ‘Muslim killer’ after his revelations in memoir and said that the Royal family has a 'dark history of occupying Muslim lands, the MailOnline reported. In his highly personal book 'Spare', Harry said that he had killed 25 people in Afghanistan when…

Barry Gardiner MP urges to frame policies to achieve climate…

British MP Barry Gardiner has said that though it is important to set climate targets, more emphasis should be given to create polices to attain these goals. Gardiner also admitted that the current funding by the UK to other countries to enable them to achieve climate targets is 'critically insufficient',…

Rishi Sunak ‘concerned’ after reports reveal MPs and peers engage…

British prime minister Rishi Sunak has said that he is 'very concerned' after reports revealed that MPs and peers engage in 'sex and heavy drinking' on foreign trips arranged by all-party parliamentary groups (APPGs). In the wake of the report, Sunak urged lawmakers to focus on working for the public…

Opposition slams Rishi Sunak’s ‘excruciating’ exchange with homeless man

The UK Opposition Labour Party on Saturday slammed Rishi Sunak over a television clip showing an awkward exchange with a man while volunteering at a soup kitchen for the poor and homeless at Christmas.The British Indian leader was caught on camera during a visit to a shelter run by the…

Navendu Mishra MP calls for direct flights between north England,…

Labour MP Navendu Mishra has called for direct flights between Britain’s third-largest airport in Manchester in northern England and key cities in India during a debate in the UK Parliament. Mishra told the House of Commons on Tuesday that it is vital that passengers get better connectivity between the north…

Apsana Begum MP wins Young People’s MP of the year…

Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum has won the 2022 Young People’s MP of the Year award by the Patchwork Foundation at the MP of the Year awards ceremony. The event was hosted and presented by the Patchwork Foundation’s Patron and speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle in Speaker’s House. Begum was…

Economist Jeevun Sandher is Labour candidate for Loughborough in next…

Economist Jeevun Sandher has been chosen as the Labour candidate for the Loughborough parliamentary constituency for the next general election due in 2024. “It is the greatest responsibility of my life,” he said after his selection by a voice vote of local Labour functionaries at Charnwood College this week. Conservatives…

Abolition of non-dom status won’t drive people away from UK:…

Abolition of non-domicile tax status would not drive people away from Britain, shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said, citing ‘a case in point in Downing Street’.Prime minister Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty agreed to pay taxes in the UK on her worldwide income after her non-dom status became the subject…

EXCLUSIVE: Shame of ‘All-White’ BBC newsrooms

THE BBC should be ashamed that it has radio and television stations where newsrooms are entirely white and not representing the communities they serve. That is the feeling of current staff and former employees who have spoken to Eastern Eye. They said they warned the BBC that it would not…

Only four Afghans brought to UK since Taliban took over…

Only four people who left Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in the country have been resettled in the UK, official figures revealed amid the criticism of London’s “cold shoulder” to Afghans who “served British interests”. The government attributed the low number to challenges it faced in ensuring safe passage…

Navendu Mishra MP marks Bhopal gas tragedy anniversary in Parliament

British Indian MP Navendu Mishra has tabled a motion in the UK Parliament to mark the 38th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy which is considered one of the world’s worst industrial disasters. Mishra, the Labour MP for Stockport in northern England and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group…

Rotherham: Hospital promises independent investigation into death of boy, 5;…

An independent investigation will be conducted into the death of a five-year-old boy who could not be admitted to a South Yorkshire hospital apparently because of the shortages of “beds and doctors”.Yusuf Mahmud Nazir who had suffered a throat infection was taken to Rotherham Hospital but the staff expressed their…

‘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…

Retailers rewarded for resilience

INSPIRATIONAL grocers were recognised for their achievements during a period of economic challenges and personal loss for the sector at the 33rd Asian Trader Awards, which took place at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Hotel last Wednesday (9). The top award of the evening – the Asian Trader of the Year…

Hate crimes: Tough action urged

RISING hate crime against Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs need to be tackled through tougher punishments for internet trolls and more action taken by social media giants, experts have urged. They have also called for further work in schools on racist speech and for the government to address poisonous rhetoric in…

Navendu Mishra MP seeks justice for victims of Bhopal gas…

Stockport member of parliament (MP) Navendu Mishra on Tuesday (15) secured a Westminster Hall debate in the UK parliament to raise awareness about the gas tragedy that took place in Bhopal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in 1984, killing more than 3,000 and several thousands injured. The…

EXCLUSIVE: MPs urge ministers stop demonising immigrants

The government must embrace immigrants who take risks setting up businesses, create jobs, and contribute billions of pounds to Britain’s economy. That is the call from MPs and business leaders who have spoken to Eastern Eye. They have told this newspaper that the home secretary, Suella Braverman, should be ashamed…

EXCLUSIVE: Starmer tells Asians: “Thank you for making Britain better”

LABOUR does not take the British south Asian vote for granted, party leader Sir Keir Starmer told Eastern Eye. He also revealed his determination to work as “grown up” partners with the communities and his ambition to be the next prime minister. In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview prior to…

India UK discuss migration security issues as Indian envoy calls…

Cooperation on migration and security issues was on the agenda at a meeting between UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami in London. The envoy called on the British Indian cabinet minister on Tuesday (1) to discuss the India-UK security partnership and to "make progress" under…

India-UK cooperation in sunrise sectors green economy, fintech

India and UK on Wednesday (2) held an All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) inaugural meeting and discussed cooperation in sunrise sectors such as green economy, fintech, etc. The meeting was attended by Greg Hands, UK's trade minister; Nick Thomas-Symonds, shadow secretary of state for international trade and Welsh Labour MP for…

Nadia Whittome MP draws flak for saying Sunak as PM…

A lawmaker from the opposition Labour party in UK has sparked online outrage after claiming Rishi Sunak becoming prime minister is 'not a win for Asian representation' as he is immensely rich, according to reports. Nottingham MP Nadia Whittome said that Sunak was 'not on your side' as Britain’s first…

Navendu Mishra MP hosts Diwali celebrations

Stockport MP Navendu Mishra co-hosted a Diwali celebration in the UK Parliament alongside Conservative MP Shailesh Vara, Labour MP Virendra Sharma and Liberal Democrat Lord Dholakia for the second year in a row. Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer and deputy leader Angela Rayner have attended the event, along with…

MP Preet Kaur Gill calls for ‘urgent action’ over anti-Sikh…

Preet Kaur Gill, a British Sikh member of Parliament for the Opposition Labour Party, has written to UK ministers calling for “urgent action” over a spike in anti-Sikh hate crimes in the country. In her role as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Sikhs, Gill has…

Leicester police warn trouble-makers from ruining Diwali celebrations, promise ‘swift…

Leicester police have warned trouble-makers to stay away from Diwali celebrations in the city and added that officers were briefed to take 'strict actions' against perpetrators.  Last week, Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon wished everyone a Happy Diwali and urged for peace during celebrations in the city. "My message to…

British newspaper vows to ‘redouble efforts’ against racism after giving…

A British newspaper has pledged to 'redouble efforts' against racism after it used picture of a wrong person in chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng story. The Mirror newspaper has also apologised for the 'terrible error' which happened on October 1, the first day of Black History Month. “This morning a picture in…

“WE MUST REMAIN A BEACON OF UNITY”

MPs, peers, religious and civic leaders are urging Hindus and Muslims to stand together after disturbances and protests in Leicester and the West Midlands. They are also calling on the police to communicate and better engage with south Asian communities to stop religious tensions from rising. Last week [20], hundreds…

Rupa Huq suspended as Labour MP after calling Kwasi Kwarteng…

Rupa Huq MP has been suspended from the Labour party on Tuesday (27) after calling Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng 'superficially black'. She will now sit in Parliament as an independent MP. While speaking at a party conference fringe event on Monday (26), Haq said: "He's superficially, he's, a black man but…

Labour MP warns against ‘white, privileged male’ as Britain’s head…

A Labour MP has warned against a “white, privileged male” as Britain’s head of state for the next century as dozens of ‘woke’ republicans pitched for the abolition of the monarchy.At a fringe event organised by the pressure group Labour for a Republic ahead of the opposition party’s annual conference…

‘Labour party lacks understanding regarding tackling domestic abuse,’ says Apsana…

A Labour MP has alleged that her party failed in its duty of care in relation to her health and well-being, adding that it lacks understanding while tackling domestic abuse. Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum, in a statement on Thursday (22), said that she faced a relentless and sustained…

Watch: 200 masked men gathered outside Hindu temple as Leicester…

A minor disorder during a protest outside a Hindu temple in the city of Birmingham involving fireworks targeted at police officers has resulted in a man's arrest and stop and search powers being deployed, UK police said on Wednesday (21). Videos of Tuesday's (20) protest outside Durga Bhawan temple on…

MPs pay rich tributes too

LABOUR MPs Seema Malhotra, Preet Kaur Gill and Gareth Thomas also remembered Mrs Solanki with fondness and respect. Malhotra, who represents Feltham and Heston, said, “Mrs Parvatiben Ramniklal Solanki was an inspiration, a matriarch of a most incredible family who has helped lead bringing the voice and integration of the…

Tributes paid to ‘visionary and pioneer’

POLITICIANS, faith and community leaders paid tribute to Parvatiben Solanki, the cofounder of the Asian Media Gr oup (AMG), publishers of Eastern Eye and Garavi Gujarat. Mrs Solanki passed away in London last Thursday (8). She was 86. Along with her husband, the late Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Mrs Solanki played…

EXCLUSIVE: “King Charles be defender of all faiths” 

SENIOR SOUTH ASIAN and Black leaders have urged King Charles to make sure their communities continue to have a strong influence on Britain’s future. While he was a prince, the new monarch was outspoken on issues which concerned him. They included highlighting the dangers of climate change, the benefits of…

Preet Kaur Gill MP urges to urgently increase flood aid…

Labour MP Preet Kaur Gill has urged the UK government to increase aid to Pakistan following unprecedented flooding which has left thousands dead. "It was a matter of huge concern that the government has only pledged £1.5m in financial assistance to Pakistan in response to the immediate humanitarian crisis. I…

New action plan to ‘unblock’ political culture clash on race…

New agenda for action on race inequality in employment, education, health, civil service and online New proposals for action on racial inequality across Britain’s institutions – from employment, schools and justice to the NHS, civil service and online ­– are set out today in a new collection from thought leaders…

Where’s Boris? UK’s PM on leave as economic crisis deepens

A British cabinet member admitted Friday "I don't know where Boris is" as the prime minister checked out on holiday, in a week that saw the Bank of England warn a year-long recession is coming. Boris Johnson has since Wednesday been on a belated honeymoon with his wife Carrie, according…

Campaigners urge Sadiq Khan to rethink Silvertown tunnel project

Climate activists have urged London mayor Sadiq Khan to halt the Silvertown tunnel project under the River Thames as it will 'increase pollution and exacerbate the climate crisis', according to a media report. Work on the £2 billion Silvertown tunnel, which links Silvertown to the Greenwich Peninsula in east London,…

Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood unfairly dismissed aide who was his…

An employment tribunal ruled that Labour MP Khalid Mahmood had dismissed former aide Elaina Cohen 'unfairly', according to reports. Senior adviser Cohen was dismissed a year after she raised serious concerns about alleged criminal behaviour by a work colleague, the tribunal heard. Meanwhile, the 61-year-old lawmaker for Birmingham Perry Bar…

Work begins on crematorium

LEADING Hindu saints, religious and community leaders, MPs and peers took part in a ground-breaking ceremony of Europe’s first purpose-built Hindu crematorium in Buckinghamshire last Friday (15). AUM will be the first dedicated crematorium for the Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities in England after the Anoopam Mission UK received planning…

Calls grow for judicial diversity as data reveal 95 per…

There are fresh calls for overhauling the judicial appointments process as the latest statistics reveal that 95 per cent of senior judges in England and Wales are white barristers.Critics feel that the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has a long way to go in fully meeting its objective of making the…

UK owes apology to 185,000 victims of forced adoption: Inquiry

Britain should formally apologise to unmarried mothers who were forced to give up their babies for adoption, according to an official report Friday that gave harrowing detail of the anguish suffered by the women.Some 185,000 children were taken away for adoption between 1949 and 1976 in England and Wales, the…

MI5 needs more funds to tackle rightwing terrorism in UK,…

A British parliamentary committee has said that domestic security agency MI5 needs more funds to tackle the increasing threat of extreme-right terrorism, according to a report. The intelligence and security committee has said that the agency could not expand other activities since it is more focused on dealing with Islamist…

Priti Patel skips Home Affairs Committee hearing over Rwanda plan

Home secretary Priti Patel declined to attend a hearing of the Home Affairs Committee on Wednesday, citing the “recent changes in Government”.She was expected to face tough questions on the UK’s controversial policy on asylum seekers from the cross-party parliamentary committee which scrutinises the work of the Home Office and…

India cricket fans racially abused

LEADING Asian MPs and commentators have condemned racist attacks on Asian fans watching the fifth Test between England and India at Edgbaston on Monday (4), which left some “literally in tears”. Footage shared on Twitter showed India supporters being targeted with abuse such as “you smelly P****”. One fan, Anil…

English universities’ reliance on overseas students fees leaves them at…

A report by MPs has revealed that Universities in England are facing significant financial risks because of their over-dependence on foreign students, according to a media report. The report by the public accounts committee (PAC) blamed the government and regulators for failing to ensure students receive value for money for…

Child Q: Four Met police officers to be investigated over…

A police watchdog is investigating four Met Police officers over an alleged inappropriate strip-search of a black girl at an east London school more than a year ago.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the officers were served with gross misconduct notices. The watchdog is also considering whether the…

Asian businessmen Selva Pankaj and Rami Ranger among top Tory…

WEALTHY British Asians continued to pump money into the Conservative Party with businessman Dr Selva Pankaj making the largest total donation with £78,250 in the first quarter of 2022. Dr Pankaj is the CEO of Regent Group, a London based educational group which has a number of institutes across the…

Accent discrimination have profound negative social, economic implications: Research

As the British Academy’s annual two-day Summer Showcase will be held later this week, a research team will explain how a regional difference in English accents could lead to prejudice.According to the team which will set up a stall at the event, its exhibit will map the “deeply embedded prejudices…

Furious MPs demand answers as government plans to burn £4bn…

BRITISH Parliamentarians are unhappy over the plan to burn personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gowns worth £4 billion, according to a report. These were bought during the pandemic and will not be used by the NHS. Now, MPs are demanding answers over the financial and environmental cost…

White supremacist targeted Harry and Meghan’s son Archie in podcast,…

A court has heard that a white supremacist described Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie as an ‘abomination that should be put down’ in his online podcast, media reports said.  Christopher Gibbons, 38, also called for the duke to be ‘prosecuted’ and ‘judicially killed for treason’ in the ‘Black…

Labour lawmaker Mahmood’s former aide accuses Starmer of ignoring her…

A DISMISSED aide of Labour MP has accused party leader Sir Keir Starmer of ignoring her complaints about the British Asian lawmaker bullying her.Elaina Cohen, who is claiming unfair dismissal by Khalid Mahmood, MP for Perry Barr, said her former boss used vulnerable women for “entertainment” but no action was…

Ex-lover of Khalid Mahmood MP wants her job back

AN ex-lover of a Birmingham MP has told a tribunal that she was unfairly dismissed by her old boss as she made serious criminal claims about a female colleague, according to a report.  Elaina Cohen, 62, the former parliamentary aide of Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr Khalid Mahmood, 60,…

Congress-BJP spar over Modi, Rahul pics with controversial Labour MP…

INDIA's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday (24) questioned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's meeting with former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.  BJP’s Kapil Mishra slammed Gandhi and raised questions over the meaning of the meeting. Earlier, Corbyn was criticised for his ‘anti-semantic’ views and he has been a vocal…

Gandhi memorabilia draw lot of interest from America: Auctioneer and…

Auctioneer and valuer Andrew Stowe, who sold a pair of Gandhi’s spectacles for a record £260,000 in 2020, told Eastern Eye that interest among collectors for the Mahatma’s memorabilia, especially in America, remained high. He said: “Gandhi is one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. He’s right…

Patel says ‘meritless’ legal claims saved more than 100 criminals…

UK home secretary has said that a series of last-minute legal challenges have helped more than 100 killers, rapists and paedophiles to avoid deportation to Jamaica, according to a media report. Priti Patel called the claims 'meritless' and blasted ‘political interventions’ for stopping the deportations, reported the MailOnline. It is…

Dame Sara Khan urges to ban Patriotic Alternative for racially…

A top government adviser on extremism has urged to ban Britain’s biggest far-right organisation Patriotic Alternative for racially abusing the England footballer Raheem Sterling, according to a report.  Dame Sara Khan, the first counter-extremism commissioner and No 10’s independent adviser for social cohesion and resilience has made the demand as footage…

SDP win first council seat in Leeds for 34 years

THE Social Democratic Party (SDP) has won a Leeds council seat for the first time since 1988, in one of the most shocking local election results the city has ever seen. 39-year-old mental health support worker Wayne Dixon won the Middleton Park ward from Labour by 700 votes. The SDP…

Braverman: Some men in politics behave like animals

A British Indian Cabinet minister has said that a minority of male politicians “behave like animals”. UK attorney general Suella Braverman told the BBC that she was “ashamed” that an MP accused of watching porn in Parliament reportedly belonged to her party and “wore a Conservative rosette”. “My personal experience,…

Charities slam rogue landlords for ‘abusing migrant women’

MIGRANT women from south Asia are being sexually exploited due to being in legal limbo in the UK over their immigration status, charities have warned. They have supported victims who have been pressured into intimate relationships with an employer or landlord who have threatened with reporting them to the Home…

Poll fraud seen on son’s campaign trail in Birmingham

A FORMER Birmingham councillor, found guilty of electoral malpractice, has joined the Labour campaign trail in local elections to canvass for his son.Ayaz Khan and five other Labour councillors were found guilty of corrupt and illegal practice in the 2004 elections.The councillors and a party worker were all accused of…

UK MP Dhesi seeks conducive environment for investment in India’s…

BRITISH MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi met Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann in Chandigarh as they discussed policy changes required to bring investment into the north Indian state.They also exchanged their views about enhancing trade and tourism in Punjab through greater connectivity, especially direct flights from London and Birmingham to the…

Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan explains his “distress” over sexual…

A Tory MP accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a party has explained his distress over the allegations during the trial and added that he was "simply trying to be kind" to a "troubled" young man. Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan, 48, is accused of groping the boy…

Man alleges British MP sexually assaulted him in Pakistan

A court in the UK has heard that a British MP sexually assaulted a man at a guest house in Pakistan around 12 years ago, according to media reports.  Imran Ahmad Khan, the Conservative MP for Wakefield, is on trial at Southwark Crown Court, where he denies sexually assaulting a…

MP Dawn Butler reveals how “a mammogram saved her life”

LABOUR MP for Brent Central "Dawn Butler" recently had a mastectomy at Royal London Hospital after being diagnosed with breast cancer, reports said. Butler is now taking time off work to recover from surgery. However, the MP said she wants to raise awareness about breast cancer and has urged women…

Alleged killer of David Amess was ‘Islamist terrorist’, court hears

BRITISH lawmaker David Amess was "assassinated" while meeting constituents last year by a "fanatical, radicalised Islamist terrorist," a court heard as the accused killer went on trial. Veteran Conservative MP Amess was stabbed to death at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea in southeast England in October. Ali Harbi Ali, 26,…

India steps up evacuation of its nationals from Ukraine

INDIA has stepped up efforts to evacuate its nationals from Ukraine as new Delhi confirmed on Tuesday (1) that a student had died in shelling in Ukraine.Prime minister Narendra Modi has directed the Indian Air Force to bring back stranded citizens, most of whom are students pursuing medicine in Ukraine’s…

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t stop Covid tests

Business and doctors’ leaders have criticised the government’s decision to stop free lateral flow tests in April. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced the decision in his “living with Covid” statement to parliament on Monday (21). He told MPs that all Covid restrictions would end in England on Thursday (24)…

Exclusive: “STOP CULTURE OF POLICE COVER UP”

There must be a root and branch investigation into the culture of racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia in every police service in England and Wales. That is the demand from south Asian and black MPs, as well as serving and past police officers. They have told Eastern Eye that they do…

UK speaker warns of social media ‘abuse’ risk to female…

BRITAIN's parliamentary speaker Lindsay Hoyle warned that "relentless abuse" on social media targeting female lawmakers was damaging the democratic process and driving women out of politics. Hoyle on Tuesday (15) said the reason female MPs had quit parliament was not due "to the long hours, time apart from their families,…

India says ‘no request yet’ for the repatriation of bodies…

THE Indian High Commission in London said that it has not been approached for the repatriation of the mortal remains of three British victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots. It was responding to a comment made by Kim Leadbeater MP in the UK Parliament on Wednesday (9). Leadbeater, Labour MP…

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…

‘Tories have a problem with Asians’

As party faces Islamophobia allegations, Sunak touted as next leader THE Conservative party has a problem with black and Asian ministers, an influential Tory politician has said, after MP Nusrat Ghani’s claimed last week she was sacked in a reshuffle because of her ‘Muslimness’. Former junior transport minister Ghani, who…

Kwasi Kwarteng urges to probe ‘blackmail’ allegations

UK business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said that allegations of blackmail by government whips against Tory rebels need to be investigated, reported the Guardian.  He added that those allegations are 'unlikely to be true'. “Any form of blackmail and intimidation of that kind simply has no place in British politics. We…

Partner of Claudia Webbe MP may be called at conviction…

THE partner of an MP found guilty of harassment could be called to give evidence for the first time as she bids to overturn her conviction, reported the BBC.  Claudia Webbe, former Labour MP for Leicester East, was given a suspended sentence in November. A court heard she threatened a…

Johnson gives Commons grilling over No10 parties a miss

GRIEF-STRICKEN MPs branded Boris Johnson a "liar" as the prime minister on Tuesday (11) gave a Commons grilling over No10 parties a miss. Instead he sent Paymaster General Michael Ellis to answer an important question on an email inviting staff to a "BYOB" lockdown party. Labour's Angela Rayner said the…

Tributes paid to Jack Dromey MP, ‘stalwart of Labour party’

TRIBUTES have been paid to veteran Labour politician Jack Dromey, 73, who died on Friday (7) morning, reported the BBC. The shadow minister, who had held the seat of Birmingham Erdington since 2010, is survived by his wife, fellow Labour MP Harriet Harman, and three children. His family said that he…

Stephen Timms MP plans to meet his attacker

A Labour MP has said that he would welcome the opportunity to meet the woman who stabbed him in 2010 as part of a “restorative justice process”, The Guardian reported.  East Ham MP Stephen Timms has said that he had received a letter from Roshonara Choudhry apologising for having stabbed…

EXCLUSIVE: As Omicron surge continues doctors’ leaders warn…NHS ON BRINK…

Senior Tories urge PM not to “exacerbate and aggravate” pandemic fallout One in 10 health workers could be forced to stop working because of Covid come the New Year, according to the chair of the British Medical Association (BMA). The warning comes as senior Conservatives urged the prime minister to…

Sexual assault: Imran Ahmad Khan MP to stand trial in…

AN MP accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008 is to go on trial in March next year, media reports said.  Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan, who represents Wakefield in West Yorkshire, faces a single count of sexual assault against the teenager in Staffordshire. The 48-year-old appeared at…

EXCLUSIVE: Alarm as Asians shun booster jabs

Revealed: Fewer than one in four has had third vaccination Health experts are urging south Asians to get their booster jab after Eastern Eye revealed that fewer than one in four has taken a third vaccine. Analysis by this newspaper suggests that as of 5 December, only 22.6 per cent…

Nandy to face Gove in new levelling-up role after Labour…

LABOUR MP for Wigan Lisa Nandy has a new role as shadow secretary for levelling up, as party leader Sir Keir Starmer carried out a reshuffle on Monday (29). The former shadow foreign secretary was quoted as saying her new role was “to deliver on the broken promises” of the…

Mind the COP26 finance day gap

Why turning climate change promises into practical policies will be challenging FINANCE DAY at COP is always the point when the rhetoric of the leaders’ speeches hits the ground with a thump. During two days of high-level sessions, a succession of presidents and prime ministers were keen to explain to…

Claudia Webbe MP convicted of harassment spared jail

A lawmaker from Britain's main opposition party was given a suspended jail sentence Thursday (4) after being found guilty of threatening to throw acid at another woman she harassed. Labour MP Claudia Webbe was convicted at a trial last month of harassing a long-term friend of her boyfriend, including by…

Woman admits sending email threats to Bradford MP

AFTER receiving death threats, a Labour MP along with her children were forced to flee her home in the middle of the night. A 30-year-old woman, Sundas Alam has admitted threatening the Bradford West MP Naz Shah via email. Shah said she had previously received many death threats, but this…

Keith Vaz could avoid suspension if elected as MP again

A disgraced former MP would not have to serve his suspension if he managed to get re-elected, the leader of the House of Commons has said. Keith Vaz, who served as Leicester MP for 32 years, retired from Parliament two years ago after being caught with "male prostitutes and offering…

Balancing safety with ‘unique’ UK traditions

VIRENDRA SHARMA and other Asian-origin MPs in Britain have spoken about the threat facing them following the murder last week of Sir David Amess, the Conservative member for Southend West, who was stabbed 17 times in a frenzied attack. British politicians have to decide whether their traditional approach of freely…

‘We didn’t sign up to be killed’

AN ASIAN MP has spoken of her safety fears, saying, “we didn’t sign up to have our children burying our bodies”, as police and security authorities review security for parliamentarians following the fatal stabbing of Sir David Amess last week. Eastern Eye spoke to Asian and black MPs who revealed…

Stephen Timms MP says he wants to meet his attacker

A Labour MP who was stabbed by an Islamic extremist has said that he wanted to meet his attacker and asked her why she did it, reported the BBC. Stephen Timms, 66, who has represented East Ham for 27 years, was stabbed twice in the stomach by Roshonara Choudhry in…

MPs to be ‘vigilant once again’ to rape and murder…

AFTER the murder of Sir David Amess, reality has hit home for many MPs as they no more can't ignore threats from trolls on social media. Tulip Siddiq on an estimate receives an abusive message every day on social media and some violent - threatening that she will be raped,…

British MP’s murder suspect held under Terrorism Act

THE attacker who fatally stabbed British lawmaker David Amess was referred to an official counter-terrorist scheme for those thought to be at risk of radicalisation, according to media reports. Police said late Saturday (16) that detectives had until Friday, October 22, to question the suspect after he was detained under…

Security review after David Amess MP stabbed to death in…

THE fatal stabbing of British lawmaker David Amess was a terrorist incident, police said Saturday (16), as MPs pressed for tougher security in the wake of the second killing of a UK politician while meeting constituents in just over five years. Veteran Conservative MP David Amess, 69, was talking with…

Tory MP David Amess dies ‘after stabbing’

Conservative MP David Amess has died this afternoon (15) after being stabbed at an event in his local constituency in southeast England. Police did not name Amess, but said: "A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea" and that the victim "later…

Asian victims are ‘being failed’

CAMPAIGNERS have warned that Asian victims of abuse are “being failed” due to a lack of cultural understanding by authorities, which they said can cause police investigations to “fall apart”. In interviews with Eastern Eye this week, charity bosses have said police should do more to recognise the specific barriers…

Labour MP invokes Gandhi, India’s independence struggle in her speech

LABOUR MP and shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy evoked Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian independence struggle during her flagship speech at the party's annual conference in Brighton this week. Nandy is the daughter of Dipak Nandy, a Kolkata-born academic known for his work in race relations in the UK. Addressing…

Afghan security risk

THERE is, of course, a risk that some of the violent politics of Afghanistan will spill over on to the streets of Britain. Those refugees coming to Britain from Afghanistan will include people strongly opposed to the Taliban. If they set up opposition groups in Britain, supporters of the Taliban,…

Labour’s shadow equalities and women’s ministers quit

TWO ministers have resigned from Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet of the Labour party, The Guardian reported. Shadow equalities secretary and MP for Battersea Marsha de Cordova has resigned to focus on her marginal constituency. Shadow women’s minister  Charlotte Nichols has also stepped down for personal reasons, the report added. “It…

‘Dire Afghanistan situation demands urgent action’

Politicians urge ministers to help Britons with relatives seeking to flee Taliban rule MPs HAVE revealed that they have been flooded with pleas from Britons to help evacuate their relatives from Afghanistan to escape the Taliban. Britain’s last military flight left Kabul at the end of August after helping more…

Families forcibly removed from evacuation flights: Labour MP

A LABOUR MP claimed that family members of his constituents, including a “seven-month-old child,” were disembarked from rescue flights and “thrown out of the Kabul airport”. Imran Hussain accused the government of “leaving behind Afghans and British nationals” in Afghanistan after the Taliban overran the Asian country. “What is completely…

MPs write to Raab to protect Afghanistan refugees

WITH the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating fast, British parliamentarian Navendu Mishra and 49 of his colleagues from across political parties have written a letter to foreign secretary Dominic Raab for extending urgent help to the refugees in the violence-ravaged nation who are at threat of persecution by the Taliban. In…

Filmmaker Ken Loach says he was expelled from the Labour…

BRITISH veteran filmmaker Ken Loach has said that he had been expelled from the Labour Party in a "purge" by leader Keir Starmer. Loach, 85, said he had been kicked out after refusing to "disown" other far-left members who have already been ejected. "Labour HQ finally decided I'm not fit…

Boohoo unveils plan to create 5,000 jobs over 5 years

BRITISH online fashion retailer Boohoo has unveiled plans to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years. The company said jobs will come from a £500 million growth programme, as it expands its warehouse and builds new IT systems. Boohoo published a report on its positive economic impact on the…

Listing amber anxiety for firms

Business barriers remain despite change in India's travel status, says analyst THE UK government’s decision to move India from the red list of countries to amber will help UK-India bilateral trade and business – but more needs to be done to reduce the barriers. This is the view of Anuj…

Retail workers seek tougher laws against verbal abuse and assault

Survey shows violent incidents in shops increased during the pandemic TOUGHER laws are needed to tackle rising levels of abuse and violence against shop workers, according to business owners and retail chiefs. Around 85.5 per cent of employees surveyed said they suffered verbal abuse in 2020, with 56.8 per cent…

Labour MP criticises Tories for retaining Pakistan on red list…

LABOUR MP Naz Shah on Wednesday (4) criticised the Conservative government for promoting India to the amber list while not moving Pakistan from the red zone. As per the guidelines updated today (5), India is now on the amber list while Pakistan continues to remain in the red zone. Calling…

Low rates of Covid-19 vaccine uptake persist in London

LONDON boroughs with a substantial Asian population have some of the lowest first and second Covid-19 vaccine intake in the country, statistics showed. Tower Hamlets has the lowest percentage of second doses administered at 40.3 per cent. According to the 2011 census, more than two thirds (69 per cent) of…

Apsana Begum cleared of housing fraud

THE Labour MP accused of housing fraud has been cleared of all charges. Apsana Begum MP burst into tears and collapsed as she was found not guilty of three charges of housing fraud between 2013 and 2016. The jury reached their verdict on the second day of their deliberation, after…

Power List salute to Covid heroes

Rishi Sunak tops annual ranking of most influential Asians in the UK PANDEMIC heroes who went above and beyond their call of duty have been honoured in a special edition of the GG2 Power List, which ranks the 101 most influential Asians in Britain. Thirty Asian doctors, nurses and researchers…

Influential British-Indian leader Lalubhai Parekh passes away

ONE of the founders of the UK-based Overseas Friends of the BJP, Lalubhai (Dhirubhai) Parekh, passed away on Monday (26).   Parekh was also a leader of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and a former president of the National Congress of Gujarati Organizations and a trustee. A native of Rajkot, Gujarat,…

Apsana Begum housing fraud: Labour MP denies withholding information

LABOUR MP Apsana Begum has denied “deliberately and dishonestly” obtaining social housing as the prosecutor claimed in the court that she cheated a council out of £64,000 in a housing scam by deliberately withholding information to boost chances of obtaining a council flat, reports said. Snaresbrook Crown Court heard on…

MPs slam ‘complete absence’ of regulation on botox-like beauty treatments

MPs have slammed the "complete absence" of regulation in non-surgical beauty treatments, such as botox-style injections and fillers, claiming such unregulated practices are putting Britons at risk, stated media reports. The parliamentary group has also proposed recommendations like making fillers prescription-only, psychological pre-screening of customers and a complete ban on…

Apsana Begum’s trial in housing fraud case begins today

A LONDON court was scheduled to begin on Wednesday (21) the trial of Apsana Begum, the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, in a case of alleged council housing fraud. Snaresbrook Crown Court is expected to hold the hearing for six to eight days and the MP is exempted from…

Freedom Day: ‘People still want to be careful’

HEALTHCARE workers, pharmacists, faith leaders, restaurateurs and retailers have expressed concern over rising Covid-19 infection rates, as experts predicted the UK will soon have more new cases each day than it did at the height of a second wave of the pandemic earlier this year. Laws requiring masks to be…

Clash in parliament over Johnson-Modi handshake picture used in leaflet

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer clashed in the House of Commons over a controversial by-election leaflet, which had been branded “divisive” and “anti-India” by Indian diaspora groups in Britain. During a heated debate over the issue of racism at the prime minister’s Questions (PMQs) session…

Labour politicians condemn car firebomb attack on Oldham’s Muslim leader

POLITICIANS have expressed their shock after the Oldham Council leader was reportedly targeted in a firebomb attack on her car.  The vehicle of Arooj Shah, the first Muslim woman council leader to lead a northern authority, was firebombed in the early hours of Tuesday (13), stated media reports.  Emergency services…

We won together. We lost together

“Don’t let racists spoil the success of England Lions in bringing the country together” Anti-racism pressure groups, think-tanks and MPs are urging everyone associated with professional football to build on the achievements of England during Euro 2020, in cementing better race-relations throughout the country. During the past four weeks the…

UK week (June 4-10): 7 highlights of the week you…

With football fever in the air, you might have missed on to some other interesting developments and news from UK and around the world. Eastern Eye brings to you seven major highlights of this week to keep you updated: 1. Second Indian-born woman to go to space:   [caption id="attachment_148753"…

Labour MP lambasts Johnson over ‘disgraceful’ defence of Cummings

A Labour MP has blasted the “absolute disgrace” of ministers defending Dominic Cummings’ breach of lockdown rules last year, while other people missed funerals and last moments of loved ones. This happened when Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi made a passionate intervention at prime minister's questions on Wednesday (7). However, as reported…

‘Leadbeater, not Labour, won Batley and Spen’

“BATLEY and Spen” were the words on the rosette of a pumped-up Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, and “Battered and Spent” on a frazzled prime minister Boris Johnson’s. The Times cartoonist had clearly prepared his material so it could be flipped, either way, depending on the actual result. And by 323…

Batley ‘warning’ for Labour

LABOUR has been urged to engage with Asian communities and “treat them as individuals”, as polls suggest its popularity with Muslim voters is dwindling. The call comes after the party’s victory in the Batley and Spen by-election last week, with candidate Kim Leadbeater, the younger sister of Jo Cox, who…

EXCLUSIVE: Asian judges anger at whistle blowing rules

A new whistle blowing policy for judges is “virtually ineffective”, “a missed opportunity”, and “unlikely to make effective change” to the existing culture of fear, bullying and racism in the judiciary, angry south Asian judges have told Eastern Eye. They also criticised the appearance before the justice select committee of…

Kim Johnson MP accuses Met Police of racism

LABOUR MP Kim Johnson has accused the Metropolitan police of institutional racism after she and her family were stopped by officers in central London last month, reported The Guardian. The MP said they had arrived in Covent Garden near the end of the England v Scotland Euro 2020 match when…

Muslim women in Batley and Spen write open letter condemning…

A group of Muslim women from Batley and Spen have written an open letter condemning “shameful” behaviour of a “loud minority” of Muslim men, reported The Guardian. The letter, written anonymously citing safety fears, described the men as “the same faces that have plagued the area as ‘community leaders’ for…

Labour’s Kim Leadbeater wins Batley and Spen by narrow margin

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer received a boost in Batley and Spen on Friday (2), fighting off a challenge from the Conservatives to hang on to a parliamentary seat that if lost, would have heaped pressure on him to stand down. Kim Leadbeater's win in Batley and Spen seat, which saw…

Batley leaflet ‘dog whistle racism’

By AMIT ROY THE Labour Party has dragged India’s prime minister Narendra Modi into Thursday’s (1) Batley and Spen by-election by issuing a leaflet which says prime minister Boris Johnson has failed to condemn the Indian leader for his policies in Kashmir. The literature has been widely condemned by many…

Batley leaflet ‘dog whistle racism’

The Labour Party has dragged India’s prime minister Narendra Modi into Thursday’s (1) Batley and Spen by-election by issuing a leaflet which says prime minister Boris Johnson has failed to condemn the Indian leader for his policies in Kashmir. The literature has been widely condemned by many of Labour’s Indian…

Home Affairs Committee calls for new criminal offence to deal…

CRIME against retail store workers should be “treated with the same seriousness as those on police and other emergency workers”, Home Affairs Committee said on Tuesday (29), seeking a new standalone criminal offence to protect retail workers from violence and abuse in England and Wales. “Other public workers have rightly…

Labour activists ‘egged and kicked’ while campaigning for Batley and…

LABOUR activists were pelted with eggs and “kicked in the head” by a group of young men in Batley on Sunday (27), the region's mayor said, while they were on a campaign trail for the upcoming by-election in the region.   Newly-elected West Yorkshire mayor Tracey Brabin claimed that she…

Labour’s Kim Leadbeater heckled and chased during Batley and Spen…

Kim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s sister and Labour’s candidate in the upcoming Batley and Spen by-election, was heckled and chased on Friday (25) while she was on a campaign trail by a group of men, in an incident which party president Keir Starmer has described as “disgraceful”. In a video uploaded…

Why ‘coconut’ slurs can break race hate laws

LAWYERS and police chiefs have warned British Asians that using the word “coconut” as a slur towards another person risks breaking hate crime laws. They said the jibe, often used towards BAME people by members of their own community, accusing them of shunning their heritage to get ahead, may incite…

Tories accused of creating ‘culture war’ after Education Committee’s ‘white…

NOT HAPPY with a recent education committee report- that says white working-class pupils have been “let down” by England's education system- a Labour MP has accused Tories of trying to create a “culture war”. Referring to "white privilege" – a term defined as white people benefiting from particular advantages in…

Hancock kept Johnson in dark over effectiveness of vaccines against…

UK health secretary Matt Hancock failed to tell prime minister Boris Johnson about a Public Health England (PHE) study showing the effectiveness of vaccines against the delta variant during a key meeting to decide whether to extend Covid restrictions, according to a report in The Telegraph. Hancock had known about…

Johnson’s former senior black aide accuses Tories of stoking “culture…

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson's former race adviser, Samuel Kasumu, said he feels the government is stoking a “bitter culture war” that could lead to another “Jo Cox, Stephen Lawrence and Windrush scandal” - referring to the murder of a Labour MP, a black teenager and discrimination by the Home Office…

Labour popularity ‘falls among British Muslims’

WHILE British Muslims have traditionally backed the Labour party, that support appears to have become less strong now, according to a new poll ahead of the parliamentary by-election in Batley and Spen. Conducted by Survation on behalf of the Labour Muslim Network, the poll found that while Labour remains popular…

INVESTIGATION: “Pandemic of child abuse”…in south Asian communities

Exclusive The government, police and councils are failing thousands of south Asian children, some just a few months old, who have been sexually abused, an eleven month Eastern Eye investigation has uncovered. Using freedom of information requests, we asked 50 councils and 13 police forces how they collate figures for…

Capital plan: MP set for charity walk in London

A LABOUR MP raising funds for a dementia charity has spoken about his inspiration after he witnessed the impact that the pandemic had on those suffering from the disease. Brent North MP Barry Gardiner will take part in a 26-mile walk around London next Saturday (5) to raise awareness of…

Labour MP says Johnson’s Covid condition was exaggerated

A Labour MP has triggered a political row by suggesting that Boris Johnson's Covid-19 condition was exaggerated by No 10. Valerie Vaz said the prime minister was “not quite at death’s door as we were led to believe” when he was put in intensive care in April last year. Johnson…

Labour confirms sister of murdered MP Jo Cox to stand…

LABOUR party has announced that sister of murdered British lawmaker Jo Cox has been chosen to stand in an upcoming byelection in northern England. Kim Leadbeater, 44, will contest in Batley and Spen, the Yorkshire constituency where her late sister represented at the time of her death in 2016. When…

MPs urge for clarity as confusion prevails over movement in…

CONFUSION prevailed over the alleged “sneaky” announcement made by the government under which Britons are told not to travel in or out of eight Indian variant hotspots to stop the spread of the mutant strain.  The eight Indian variant hotspots identified are Bedford, Blackburn and Darwen, Bolton, Burnley, Kirklees, Leicester,…

Allin-Khan reveals ‘struggle’ to get out of bed after seeing…

A LABOUR MP and qualified doctor has admitted she struggled to get out of bed after seeing Covid-19 patients die in hospital. Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, the shadow minister for mental health, reflected upon her experiences while attending hospital wards at London’s Nightingale and St George’s hospitals. They were both overwhelmed…

Yasmin Qureshi MP tells Hancock ‘not to insult the people…

A Bolton MP has asked the health secretary not to blame the people of Bolton over the spread of Indian Covid variant in the region. Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, objected after Matt Hancock said that majority of people admitted to hospital in the town had been eligible…

‘Insulting’ reporting about India arrivals

  By Amit Roy WE CAN all understand the deep concern about the Indian variant of the Covid-19 virus threatening prime minister Boris Johnson’s plan to lift all restrictions on social contacts on June 21. But there was some dodgy reporting last weekend. Many in the media followed a Sunday…

Labour suspends union leadership hopeful after calling Priti Patel to…

A leadership hopeful for one of Britain’s biggest unions has been reportedly suspended by Labour after suggesting Priti Patel was ‘disgusting’ and should be deported. It has been learnt that Howard Beckett has apologised for his comment and said it was "never meant to be literal". Beckett, a Unite leadership…

Quick look at Asian-origin MPs in Labour shadow cabinet

By Pooja Shrivastava Shabana Mahmood MP (Birmingham- Ladywood)- National Campaign Coordinator Labour MP Shabana Mahmood has represented Birmingham-Ladywood since 2010. She was appointed as the party’s National Campaign Coordinator in the Shadow Cabinet. [caption id="attachment_139470" align="aligncenter" width="551"] Shabana_Mahmood (Pic from Wikimedia Ccommons)[/caption] Born and brought up in Birmingham, Mahmood traces…

Khalid Mahmood Slams Labour’s ‘Niche Culture War’

By Pooja Shrivastava Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said the party is seen as “out of touch” as he criticised its election strategy which led to a disappointing result in Thursday’s (6) elections. Writing in the Telegraph, the MP for Birmingham said, “There is a national narrative that runs strongly against…

‘We’re bucking the trend’: Labour celebrates surprise success story in…

By Joseph Timan LABOUR are celebrating success in Salford, where they have come out stronger from an all-out election in which they secured a surprise win against the Tories. The ruling group have gained two seats overall, taking their total to 52, which leaves the Conservatives with seven councillors and…

Labour’s Ros Jones secures third term as Doncaster mayor

By George Torr Ros Jones will be Doncaster’s elected mayor for a third term and secured a majority of over 10,000. It wasn’t as simple for Labour this time around as the count went to second preference votes. Jones received 48.3 per cent on the first ballot – any candidate…

Conservatives score crushing win in Labour stronghold

Prime minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives scored a stunning election victory in a Labour stronghold on Friday, after Britain held its first major ballot box test since Brexit and the coronavirus crisis. The "Super Thursday" regional and local elections could reshape the UK as pro-independence forces in Scotland, where voting for…

Anas Sarwar: ‘The fight for equality is not over’

by LAUREN CODLING SCOTTISH Labour leader Anas Sarwar has revealed that racist abuse targeting him has increased since he was elected head of his party, but said he no longer pays attention to it. In an exclusive interview on Monday (26) with Eastern Eye, the Asian politician also said that…

Asian troops who died for Britain ‘buried in unmarked mass…

  By Amit Roy INDIAN soldiers who gave their lives for Britain in the First World War were often buried in unmarked mass graves in Mesopotamia and in Africa, a report published last week by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has revealed. An inquiry was set up in December 2019…

MPs to question Sanjeev Gupta over Greensill collapse

A parliamentary committee led by MPs will launch an investigation into the impact of the Greensill Capital collapse on Sanjeev Gupta's GFG Alliance. The steel tycoon's business dealings are expected to come up for investigation before the business select committee. The steelmaker is now looking to arrange new financing after…

Navendu Mishra MP urges Johnson to offer continuous support to…

AN ASIAN MP has urged UK prime minister Boris Johnson to offer continuous support to India amid their battle against the coronavirus crisis. Navendu Mishra, Labour MP for Stockport, made the call as India continues to struggle with a shortage of hospital beds, tests, medicines and oxygen. The country has…

St George’s Day not celebrated equally, poll finds

FEWER than half of ethnic minorities feel St George’s Day celebrations bring people equally together, new research revealed today (23). Only 39 per cent of ethnic minority respondents agreed a St George’s Day party belonged equally to people of every race and ethnic background today, analysis by integration thinktank British Future said.…

MPs ‘wasted the chance to protect migrant women’

by LAUREN CODLING CAMPAIGNERS have criticised a “wasted opportunity” as Tory lawmakers voted against amendments to a domestic abuse bill designed to protect migrant victims of domestic violence last week. The Commons last Thursday (15) rejected three House of Lords-supported amendments to give migrant women with insecure immigration status equal…

‘Britain has a duty to protect the people of Sri…

  By Claudia Webbe Labour MP for Leicester East NEARLY 12 years since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, almost no one has been held account­able for international crimes, and the alleged perpetrators continue to occupy key positions in the current govern­ment. This impunity for past abuses…

Nadia Whittome MP: ‘Offensive race report should be abandoned’

[caption id="attachment_136684" align="alignleft" width="140"] Nadia Whittome[/caption] by NADIA WHITTOME, Labour MP for Nottingham East AT THE end of March, a government-commissioned report into race in the UK was released. Produced by the Independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, it immediately came under fire from academics, campaigners and MPs for…

Many organisations and individuals credited in UK race review now…

AT LEAST 20 organisations and individuals credited in UK race review have now distanced themselves from the report and its findings alleging that the commission ignored their testimonies. The report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, released at the end of March, concluded that while racism and racial…

Covid stress fuels search for ‘quick fixes’ online

  By Nadeem Badshah BRITISH ASIANS suffering with insom­nia during lockdown have been urged against buying sleeping pills online from south Asia. Experts have warned of the potential health risks of buying prescription tablets, which have not been tested in the UK, from the internet. They have highlighted cases of…

Clean air plans needed ‘to tackle preventable deaths’

  By Nadeem Badshah CAMPAIGNERS have demanded cheaper public transport to tackle the pollution crisis, highlighting the fact that ethnic minorities are more likely to live in toxic air hot­spots in the UK compared to the wider population. Experts have also called for less reliance on diesel fuel and electric…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘RACIST JUDICIARY’ CULTURE OF DENIAL

After last year’s exposé, we challenge the judiciary to prove it is not institutionally racist By Barnie Choudhury The judiciary is 20 years behind the Met Police in accepting it is institutionally racist. That is the damning accusation from named and anonymous south Asian, black and white judges. In a…

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…

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…

How Conan Doyle helped pardon wrongly convicted British Indian

by LAUREN CODLING THE real-life relationship between the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels and a wrongly convicted Indian solicitor has been explored in a new nonfiction book. Set in a village near Birmingham in the 19th century, The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer explores the true-life story of lawyer…

Labour MP Afzal Khan says lost ‘an entire generation’ to…

Speaking at prime minister's questions, an MP revealed that he lost his mother and both parents-in-law to the coronavirus and urged Boris Johnson to set a date for the public inquiry. Afzal Khan, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, said his family lost “an entire generation to this virus”. His…

Collapsed financier Greensill may face a formal inquiry

A group of MPs in Britain will meet on Monday (22) to decide whether to launch a formal inquiry into the collapse of supply chain financier Greensill. The meeting happens amid claims that former prime minister David Cameron personally lobbied the government on its behalf, reported The Telegraph. The Treasury…

‘It’s scary that I too could be a victim’

by LAUREN CODLING THE murder of Sarah Everard has “reinforced the fear” of travelling and going outside alone, women have said, as they detailed the measures they take to feel safe. The body of Everard, 33, was found last week in a woodland area of Kent. The marketing executive was…

Exclusive: JAIL ASIAN SEX PESTS

Revealed: Asian children under 10 ‘arrested’ for sex crimes By Barnie Choudhury & Abhijeet Gaur Police have arrested more than 30,500 south Asians for sex offences in the past decade. Shockingly, during that period they arrested 1,490 children, Eastern Eye can reveal. Two of these were under 10 and cannot…

Nazir Ahmed’s sex abuse trial stopped over ‘disgraceful’ prosecution errors

The trial of former Labour peer Nazir Ahmed, on charges of rape and attempted rape, has been stopped at Sheffield Crown Court. Judge Jeremy Richardson reprimanded the prosecution and police for mishandling the case and committing errors which made a fair trial difficult. He said the prosecution 'sabotaged' the case…

‘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,…

Royals’ interview alleging racism reveals ongoing challenges for British monarchy,…

by LAUREN CODLING ACCUSATIONS of racism against the British royal family by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shown that racial discrimination is “still pervasive in British society”, commentators have said. In a wide-ranging interview aired in the UK on Monday evening (8), the duchess spoke about her experiences…

UK MPs ‘should rethink support for India farmers’

By Barry Gardiner Labour MP for Brent North IMAGINE the outcry if the UK government was to tell farmers what crops they must sow and how much they were allowed to produce. Or if it forbade farmers from selling their pro­duce to anyone they choose and forced them to sell…

Indian high commission condemns ‘one-sided’ debate in UK parliament on…

THE high commission of India in London has condemned false assertions in a 'distinctly one-sided discussion' among a group of British parliamentarians on Monday (8) on the issue of peaceful protests and press freedoms in India. The high commission pointed out that foreign media, including British media, had been present…

International Women’s Day: ‘You must speak your own truth’

by LAUREN CODLING AS THE world celebrates International Women’s Day on Monday (8), it is important to reflect on the progress made during a challenging year for many. Eastern Eye spoke to several influential women to find out what they have learnt about themselves during the last 12 months and…

More than 100 public figures sign open letter to BBC…

MORE than 100 public figures have signed an open letter to the BBC criticising Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 'strikingly hostile' interview with Zara Mohammed, the first woman to head the Muslim Council of Britain. The letter, organised by the writers Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Mariam Khan, and signed by Tory peer Sayeeda…

‘Hot-bedding reflects how landlords exploit migrants’

  By Nadeem Badshah ROGUE landlords are charging migrants from south Asia for how many hours they rest in bed and forcing them to “sleep in shifts”, experts have revealed. The issue was raised in a BBC documen­tary, aired in January, when a group of men from India were found…

Working mothers: ‘Pandemic pressure’ on Asian women

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN mothers have revealed the strain on their mental and physical wellbeing during the pandemic as they struggle to juggle their work commitments and childcare at home during lockdown. Three women spoke to Eastern Eye on the challenges they have faced over the past 12 months, after…

‘Young people need support to get back into work’

By Seema Malhotra Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, and shadow employment minister AS THE shadow minis­ter for employment, I have been working hard to hold the government to account on support­ing young people into work during this crisis. Figures published last month show that more than 620,000 16- to…

‘Act now to tackle Covid impact on young people’s mental…

By Nadeem Badshah MENTAL HEALTH problems in chil­dren have been overlooked in the fight against Covid 19 and a long-term action plan is needed, according to British Asian parents, MPs and experts. Parents have revealed the challenges of lockdown and remote learning on their children and shared their advice for…

REVEALED: DRUG SHAME IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Exclusive By Barnie Choudhury MPs and experts have called for an overhaul of the Home Office’s strategy to tackle drug-related crime after an Eastern Eye investigation revealed a steep increase in the number of south Asians being arrested for drug offences. After an 11-month investigation, we can disclose that in…

UK Covid death-toll passes 100,000 as Labour calls for action…

by LAUREN CODLING MORE than 100,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Britain, figures revealed on Tuesday (26), amid calls for ministers to take stronger action to increase the uptake of vaccines among ethnic minorities. “It’s hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic, the years of life…

Pre-flight Covid rules for England ‘too little too late’

By Nadeem Badshah NEW coronavirus rules for travellers to England are not tough enough compared to measures implemented in other countries including India, according to experts and MPs. From Monday (18), everyone arriving by boat, train or plane have to test nega­tive for Covid-19 before they can enter the UK.…

Asian vaccine scepticism ‘is costing lives’

by LAUREN CODLING ASIANS have been urged to take the coronavirus vaccine as doctors expressed concerns that “fake news” was causing many from the community to reject it. Rumours claiming that the vaccines contain alcohol and animal products (such as beef and pork) have been circulating on social media and…

Apsana Begum MP’s trial on housing fraud charges to start…

THE trial of Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse Apsana Begum over housing fraud allegations will start in July after a judge prioritised her trial in the 'public interest'. Begum, 30, is accused of concealing the true state of her living conditions, between January 2013 and March 2016, when she was…

UK needs ‘efficient and humane’ asylum system

By Nadeem Badshah ACTIVISTS and MPs have called for a radical shake-up after it emerged the number of asylum seekers waiting longer than six months for a deci­sion on their application has risen threefold. Figures show that there is a record backlog of 60,548 people waiting for an initial decision…

UK hails India’s religious diversity, inclusive tradition in Parliament debate

The UK government on Tuesday (12) praised India’s religious diversity and its "rich tapestry of religious minorities alongside its sizable Hindu majority" during a debate in the House of Commons complex and highlighted the important work being done to promote UK-India interfaith dialogue on tackling shared global challenges. Foreign, Commonwealth…

Apsana Begum MP seeks to reassess vaccination priorities

LABOUR MP Apsana Begum has asked the government to reassess vaccination priorities in light of pandemic BAME community statistics. “The mortality rate from Covid-19 among people of black, African descent in English hospitals was 3.5 times higher when compared to rates among white British people. Besides, people of Bangladeshi ethnicity…

‘UK must protect protest rights of Indian farmers’

By Nadeem Badshah BORIS JOHNSON has been urged to raise the plight of Indian farmers who have been protest­ing against new laws introduced by Narendra Modi’s government, when the British prime minister visits New Delhi next month. Thousands of agriculture work­ers from Punjab and several other states have held demonstrations…

Charities ‘at breaking point’ as domestic abuse cases rise

by LAUREN CODLING A POLICE force in England received more than 75 calls a day on average relating to domestic abuse over the past eight months. The data emerged as charities cautioned they were at “breaking point” owing to the huge increase in abuse incidents during the pandemic. Police forces…

Country not ready for Brexit, warn British lawmakers

BRITAIN has not yet installed all the complex IT systems and port infrastructure needed to ensure Brexit runs smoothly, a group of British MPs warned in a report released Saturday(19). The Committee on the Future Relationship with the EU, a cross-party group of lawmakers, released the report after meeting Thursday(17)…

Shaun Bailey criticised for using fake City Hall coat of…

THE Conservative party’s London mayoral candidate was criticised for sending voters letters using fake City Hall coat of arms for a second time in recent weeks. Shaun Bailey's campaign has sent letters to potential voters saying that Londoners’ taxes would rise in language that echoed financial penalty notices, reported The…

Home Office report finds no link between ethnicity and child…

Research says disregard for women enables abuse as Patel vows justice for victims MOST group-based offenders of child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences are white, a new government report has found. Research published on Tuesday (15), showed that although there is an overrepresentation of Asian and black offenders in group-based CSE,…

Study highlights lack of diversity among solicitors

ETHNIC minority solicitors are underrepresented in larger firms and earn approximately £20,000 less annual salary than their white counterparts, a recent report has found. New analysis by the Law Society last Wednesday (9) revealed only one in 10 solicitors are from an ethnic minority background in the largest firms. The…

Song reignites drive to seek justice for Asian student

By Nadeem Badshah FOR Sukhdev Reel, it has been a daily fight for justice and answers since her son Ricky died 23 years ago. No one has been charged over the death of the computer science student, who was 20 when he went missing following a racist attack in Kingston,…

‘Support the NHS to ensure vaccination success’

By Jon Ashworth Labour MP for Leicester South and shadow health and social care secretary THE pictures last week of 90-year-old Margaret Keenan, the first person in Britain to receive the Covid vaccine from May Parsons, a nurse who came to work in our NHS from the Philip­pines (pictured together,…

Exclusive: “Investigate BBC bullies”

MPs call for independent inquiry after BAME producer attempts suicide By Barnie Choudhury Asian and black MPs have called for a parliamentary investigation into bullying and racism at the BBC. It comes after Eastern Eye revealed that a black BBC freelance producer tried to take their life after they complained…

Johnson confuses farmers’ protest in India with India-Pakistan dispute

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday(9) seemed to confuse the ongoing farmers' protest in India with India-Pakistan dispute. WHILE responding to a question on farmers' protest by Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi in Parliament, Johnson said that 'any dispute between India and Pakistan was for the two countries to…

‘Asians must get top priority for Covid vaccines’

by LAUREN CODLING COMMUNITY leaders have questioned why ethnic minority groups have not been prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine, as the UK became the first country in the world to roll out the immunisation on Tuesday (8). As Eastern Eye went to press, the shot became available at 50 hospitals…

UK MPs extend support to protesting Indian farmers; demands ‘ministerial…

BRITISH parliamentarians have extended their support to farmers in India who are protesting against new agricultural reforms in the country. A group of 36 cross-party parliamentarians has written to UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab asking him to make representations with his Indian counterpart, S Jaishankar, about the impact on British…

Asian MP backs National Trust

By Amit Roy VIRENDRA SHARMA, the vet­eran Labour MP for Ealing Southall, has congratulated the National Trust for publishing a report which reveals that nearly 100 of the properties it looks after were built with the pro­ceeds of either the slave trade or colonial loot from India. He has also…

Police say ‘incredibly distressing’ incident on video showing boys attacking…

POLICE launched a hate crime investigation after a video showing a Sikh schoolboy being attacked at Charlton School in Telford, Shropshire, went viral on social media. Describing the incident as 'incredibly distressing', the West Mercia Police said that it had taken 'immediate and appropriate' action following the incident. The incident…

Peer’s exit ‘should worry Labour’

By Amit Roy THE Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is becoming fond of us­ing the phrase. “If I were prime minister…,” no doubt to get peo­ple used to the idea. He used it last week in relation to Priti Patel: “If I were prime minister, the home secretary would have…

‘Skill training boosts career’

  By Nadeem Badshah THE number of British Asians taking ap­prenticeships has increased each year since 2015 while the figure has dropped among people from other backgrounds, new figures have revealed. Some 5.5 per cent of people of south Asian origin, 21,370 individuals, signed up for the training schemes in…

Minister faces backlash over National Trust policy

  By Amit Roy A LABOUR MP has urged the government not to launch a “witch hunt” against the Nation­al Trust for revealing that nearly 100 of the stately homes it looks after were built with the pro­ceeds of either the slave trade or colonial loot from India. During a…

‘Blue Skies Conference 2020′ to discuss the future of UK’s…

A CONFERENCE to discuss the future of the UK’s aviation and transport industries will be held on Friday (20). The inaugural ‘Blue Skies Conference 2020: Reimagining our Global Hub’ is a virtual, free-to-attend event, and has been organised by Labour MP for Feltham, Seema Malhotra. Speakers include aviation minister Robert…

Councils urge people to avoid festival crowds during Diwali

by LAUREN CODLING COUNCIL leaders have urged faith communities to follow lockdown guidelines during Diwali, as a top police officer confirmed the service would investigate reports of rule-breaking during major religious celebrations. David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, warned officers would intervene if large groups gathered during…

Apsana Begum MP says she will ‘vigorously contest’ charges of…

By Rachael Burford, Local Democracy Reporting Service POPLAR AND LIMEHOUSE MP Apsana Begum on Thursday(29) said that she will “vigorously contest” charges of housing fraud after being accused of wrongly securing a social rent home. The Labour MP, who was elected with a 28,904 majority last year, has been charged…

Updated Saklatvala book reveals ‘relevance of Labour MP’s views’

  By Amit Roy MARC WADSWORTH has spoken about his updated and, in fact, scholarly biography of Shapurji Dorabji Saklatvala, a member of the wealthy Tata family in India who became a Communist, representing Battersea North in London as a Labour MP from 1922-1923 and from 1924-1929. It took Wadsworth…

Britain’s proposed legislation will force companies to publish ethnicity pay…

UK is mooting a legislation to address the ethnic pay gap issue in companies across the country. Under the proposed legislation, being presented in parliament on Tuesday(20), businesses would have to report pay gaps between staff from different ethnic groups and draw up plans for tackling imbalances. Lawmaker Stella Creasy, who…

Yasmin Qureshi MP praises ‘wonderful hospital staff’ after being admitted…

BRITISH ASIAN MP Yasmin Qureshi has praised the “wonderful staff” caring for her following her admittance to hospital on Saturday (17) with Covid-related pneumonia. Qureshi, the Labour MP for Bolton South East, was admitted to the Royal Bolton hospital at the weekend after her condition deteriorated. The shadow international development…

EXCLUSIVE: Government failing Asians during pandemic

New figures show over one in five in intensive care with COVID is Asian By Barnie Choudhury Leaders of doctors’ groups have accused the government of “letting down” south Asian communities in its handling of the pandemic. Their criticism comes as new figures show that in the past month, 170…

Asian technology firms praised for green plans

By Nadeem Badshah BRITISH Asian entrepreneurs have been praised by business­es and MPs for their work in trying to save the planet by tack­ling climate change. Thirty tech start-ups address­ing green issues have been cho­sen to join the world-first Net Ze­ro support programme, business and energy secretary Alok Shar­ma recently…

Anger as anti-Muslim bias of Tory members revealed

by LAUREN CODLING ISLAMOPHOBIA is “deeply embedded” in the Conservative party, a Muslim MP has said, following a new poll that revealed almost 50 per cent of members believe Islam is a threat to the British way of life. Data compiled by anti-racism organisation Hope Not Hate found that 57…

Pro-Brexit group apologises to Labour MP Naz Shah for ‘grooming…

By S Neeraj Krishna A BREXIT campaign group has apologised and paid damages to Labour lawmaker Naz Shah after it called her a “grooming gangs apologist” in a social media post. The Bradford West MP had initiated libel action against Leave.EU’s “horrendous” post in December last year that spurred online…

Gareth Thomas MP urges the govt to support young people…

LABOUR MP Gareth Thomas has urged the UK government to offer financial support to temples and Saturday clubs to support young people learn minority languages as latest data shows a sharp fall in obtaining qualifications in languages such as Gujarati and Urdu. Figures sourced by the MP from the House…

EXCLUSIVE: BBC boss ‘in denial’ over racism claims

Asian staff in despair as select committee MPs question Davie by BARNIE CHOUDHURY SOUTH ASIAN staff have told Eastern Eye their boss is in denial about the extent of racism in the BBC. The director general, Tim Davie, appeared before MPs on Tuesday (29) for a marathon session about the…

Foreign students appeal for chance to clear names in 2014…

OVER 200 overseas students -- including many Indians -- have appealed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a "free and transparent scheme" to prove their innocence in an English language test scam reported six years ago. At least 34,000 international students were affected after a cheating scandal hit the Test…

Home Office urged to scrap ‘cruel and unjust’ visa rules…

  by LAUREN CODLING A HEALTHCARE worker has revealed the “living nightmare” of being put on the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) immigration status by the Home Office, as migrant groups called for the condi­tion to be scrapped. Sonia Rawal*, 36, has been put on NRPF twice after applying…

‘Only criteria for help should be that you have been…

  By Nadeem Badshah  CELEBRITIES and activists have urged the government to overhaul laws to help save mi­grant domestic abuse victims. Singers Dua Lipa and Emile Sandé, along with actors includ­ing Dame Judi Dench and Olivia Colman, are among those who have called for legislation to help women who fear…

After Eastern Eye revealed the ‘toxicity of racism’ in the…

EXCLUSIVE By Barnie Choudhury A FORMER shadow minister has demanded that the head of the BBC “takes control” of tackling racism in the corporation. Following an Eastern Eye exposé about the experiences of current and former BBC employees earlier this month (September 9), the Labour MP for Brent Central, Dawn…

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…

Care home that ‘sacked’ Labour MP for raising PPE woes…

By S Neeraj Krishna A CARE HOME that “sacked” Labour MP Nadia Whittome over her “media appearances and speaking out about a lack of PPE” has acknowledged that it did face dearth of supplies. The Labour lawmaker from Nottingham East had voluntarily returned to care work at Lark Hill Retirement…

Lib Dems drop Asian entrepreneur from mayoral fray over antisemitic…

AN ASIAN entrepreneur-activist was on Monday (14) dropped as a prospective London mayoral candidate to contest against Sadiq Khan next year after her past antisemitic comments came to light. Geeta Sidhu Robb is the founder of organic food and juice products firm Nosh Detox. She was shortlisted as the Liberal…

EXCLUSIVE: BBC head ‘must answer toxic racism claims’

MPs call for public inquiry amid fresh allegations of bias by ‘scared’ Asian staff by Barnie Choudhury THE BBC’s new director general, Tim Davie, will be questioned by MPs over claims of “insidious, toxic and covert racism” in the corporation after Eastern Eye’s exposé last week prompted further complaints from current and…

Indian students in UK struggle to access Covid-19 hardship funds

INDIAN students have been struggling to access Covid-19 hardship funds set up by UK universities, a study has found. The Unis Resist Border Controls and Migrants’ Rights Network noted a “woeful lack of support structures” within UK higher education for international students in the country on the Tier 4 visa,…

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…

Labour creates ‘Mahatma Gandhi Future Leaders’ plan

Labour Friends of India, a representative group part of the Labour Party, on Saturday launched its new 'Mahatma Gandhi Future Leaders Programme' to encourage greater Indian diaspora representation in the elected offices of the party. The group said that its new programme will cover modules such as community engagement, communications,…

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…

Indian MP’s Leicester glory with Bachchan

  By Amit Roy IT WAS July 19, 2006, and Amar Singh, a powerful politician from India’s Samajwadi party who described himself as Amitabh Bachchan’s “younger brother”, had accompanied the Bollywood legend to Leicester where the actor was be­ing given an honorary degree by De Montfort University. That was then.…

Debt fears ‘keeping Asians out of British universities’

By Nadeem Badshah FEWER British Asian teenagers are going to university, with opposition MPs and business leaders warning that students are being put off by ris­ing debt levels. The tradition in many Asian families of children getting a degree appears to be changing, with new government figures showing that 73…

Javid and a Gandhi coin

By Amit Roy THE chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is also “mas­ter of the mint”, is said to have decided that the first-ever ethnic minority figure on a British coin is to be Mahatma Gandhi. In a letter to former Conservative candidate Zehra Zaidi, who is leading the ‘We Too Built…

EXCLUSIVE: Concern over Asians’ mistrust of Covid data

   By Barnie Choudhury THE government is concerned that south Asian people do not trust its test and trace system, and so will not divulge any infor­mation regarding who they have been in contact with, Eastern Eye can reveal. Scientists have also warned that the cur­rent system is inadequate to…

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…

Mixed reaction to ending use of ‘Islamist’ in terror attacks

by LAUREN CODLING COMMUNITY leaders have welcomed the recent claim that police are considering dropping the term “Islamist terrorism” when describing terror attacks, asserting that such language did “not help community cohesion.” According to reports last week, the term could be changed to “faith-claimed terrorism” or “terrorists abusing religious motivations”.…

‘Clear guidance needed to help small businesses recover’

By Seema Malhotra Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, and shadow employment minister SMALL businesses are the backbone of our economy. They have been hit hard by the lockdown and the slow steps back to trading. SMEs [small and me­dium-sized enterprises] account for three-fifths of the employment and around half…

Exclusive: Asian and black leaders say race commission does ‘nothing…

By Barnie Choudhury THE government’s newly appointed race commission has been widely criti­cised by Asian and black leaders, who said that it lacks credibility and consists of a “rigged panel whose minds are al­ready made up”. Some senior Tory parliamentarians ac­cused Number 10 of setting up the latest review to…

Old boy network in the judiciary ‘is alive and well’

By Barry Gardiner Labour MP for Brent North “LUNCH at the Wig and Pen Club?” That was my reward for helping a barrister friend out on a tricky maritime case in the 1990s. But nothing edu­cated me about the old boy network of the legal profession quite so much as…

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…

Virendra Sharma backs LTA plan to boost local tennis, urges…

WELCOMING the Lawn Tennis Association’s drive to support local authorities grow tennis participation in local parks, Labour MP Virendra Sharma has urged “everyone to pick up their rackets and book a court”. He underscored that the plan came amid huge demand for tennis courts across his constituency, Ealing Southall, which…

Changes to Sunday trading hours ‘will hit small stores’

By Nadeem Badshah EXTENDING Sunday trading hours would boost supermarket sales but devastate smaller com­munity stores, some Asian shop owners and MPs believe. Retailers and politicians are split over the latest plan to relax trading rules, which is believed to have been part of the govern­ment’s coronavirus recovery bill. The…

Government’s funding can “revitalise” UK arts and culture sector

The UK government’s £1.57 billion emergency support package for the arts and culture sector has been described as a lifeline for an industry “brought to its knees” by the coronavirus pandemic. The package covers funding for Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues. It includes a…

‘We must do more to protect Asians from Covid-19’

  By Claudia Webbe Labour MP for Leicester East AT EVERY step in this crisis, from lockdown delay, PPE shortages and care home neglect, to track, trace and test­ing disinformation, the prime minister has failed to adequately pro­tect our communities. That is why the UK had the worst coronavi­rus death…

British MPs flag China’s belligerence, ‘bullying behaviour’ in standoff with…

BRITISH MPs have flagged Beijing's "bullying behaviour" in the border dispute with India amid calls to check the UK's "dependence" on China's. The Indo-Chinese border standoff came up in Parliament when Conservative lawmaker Ian Duncan Smith raised the issue during a discussion on the Chinese government's ill-treatment of the Uyghur minority…

Video shows Munira Mirza comparing use of ‘N-word’ with calling…

A 2011 VIDEO featuring Munira Mirza has resurfaced under the spotlight as she is seen arguing against banning hate speech, and asking a black youth how using the “N-word” was different from calling someone “fat”. The head of Number 10’s policy unit – who’s been asked to set up UK’s…

Priti Patel hits back at Labour MPs for ”racist” attack

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Sunday (28) hit back at MPs from the Labour Party for being "racist" in their treatment of her. The row emerged after a group of ethnic minority Labour MPs, including MPs Virendra Sharma, Tan Dhesi, Preet Kaur Gill, Valerie Vaz, Seema Malhotra and Nadia…

Leicester council to verify Gandhi petition

By Amit Roy A PETITION calling for the removal of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Leicester is being scrutinised by the city council to ensure it is not a fake one, given there appear to be multiple signings by the same people. Those who sign the petition also have to live…

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…

‘Inclusive plan needed to fight unequal jobs crisis’

By Seema Malhotra Labour MP for Feltham and Heston Shadow minister for work and pensions and employment AS WE emerge from lockdown into a new “normal”, a clear plan for tackling unem­ployment has to be on the government’s agenda, based on a proper needs assess­ment of different groups. The first…

‘Urgent plan is needed to end BAME health inequalities’

By Tan Dhesi Labour MP for Slough Shadow minister for railways THE nation needs a full, independent public in­quiry into the govern­ment’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis, which has taken the lives of so many people, including three of my own close family members. We need to scrutinise ministers’ decisions…

Labour MPs highlight Eastern Eye investigation into Covid-19 BAME deaths…

LABOUR MP Dawn Butler has called on the government to make a concerted effort to “dismantle structural and systemic racism” in society, as she referred to Eastern Eye’s exclusive investigation this week on a lack of BAME leaders in the NHS. During a Backbench Business Debate on Thursday (18), Butler referred…

Raab slammed for saying taking the knee is sign of…

DOMINIC RAAB on Thursday (18) sparked mockery and dismay by suggesting the anti-racism protest of taking the knee was a symbol of "subjugation" that originated with the Game of Thrones. Premier League footballers took a knee on Wednesday evening in solidarity with demonstrations across the world sparked by the killing…

Home Office does not have updated estimate of illegal immigrants,…

THE UK Home Office has not made a proper assessment of the number of illegal immigrants over the past 15 years, reveals a new report. The National Audit Office (NAO) said there were about 430,000 people in the country with no right to remain, according to the last official estimate…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Good enough to die-but not good enough to be…

By Barnie Choudhury ASIAN and black people are dying needlessly and disproportionately because they are not being represented in senior ranks of the NHS, doctors, parliamentarians, and health bosses have told Eastern Eye. The paper can also reveal that a further 17 BAME doctors have died in the past 10…

Conservative allies slam critics of Munira Mirza’s role in new…

CONSERVATIVE leaders have slammed critics of No.10 adviser Munira Mirza’s involvement in the new racial equalities commission announced by Boris Johnson. Following the recent anti-racism protests in the UK, the prime minister had said he was setting up a commission to study "all aspects of inequality — in employment, in…

Southall road honouring general who crushed India’s 1857 uprising set…

THE Ealing Council has said it will launch a statutory consultation over renaming a road in Southall -- known as "Little Punjab" -- after the founder of Sikh faith, Guru Nanak. The proposal to rename a section of Havelock Road as "Guru Nanak Road" came to the fore as Sadiq…

Bangladeshi business leaders express fear over relaxing lockdown curbs

By Nadeem Badshah BANGLADESHI business leaders have ex­pressed fears over the relaxing of lock­down measures and restaurants reopen­ing in July after it emerged they are twice as likely to die from coronavirus than white Britons. They are also worried at the absence of any recommendations or conclusions to protect people…

Demolition of Closton’s statue has divided opinion

By Amit Roy THE home secretary, Priti Patel, has condemned the demolition of the stat­ue of slave trader Edward Colston by ‘Black Lives Matter’ protestors in Bris­tol last Sunday (7). “I think that is utterly disgraceful,” she said. “Sheer vandalism and disorder is completely unacceptable and it’s right the police…

‘Choosing to make black lives matter in the UK too’

By Barry Gardiner   Labour MP for Brent North WE ARE moulded by our background, our family, our ethnicity. They all contribute to who we are. But they do not de­fine us. We have the power to think not only of how things are, but also of how they ought…

Did minister ‘mislead’ House about PHE review?

By Barnie Choudhury QUESTIONS are being asked about whether a minister misled parliament during a debate on Public Health England’s (PHE) review into the disproportionately high number of Asian and black people who died from Covid-19, Eastern Eye has learnt. It follows last Thursday’s (4) urgent question to the equalities…

Choosing to make Black Lives Matter

  By Barry Gardiner Labour MP, Brent North We are moulded by our background, our family, our ethnicity. They all contribute to who we are. But they do not define us. We have the power to think not only of how things are, but of how they ought to be.…

‘Racial injustice is UK issue also’

by LAUREN CODLING PRIME minister Boris Johnson told his ministers on Tuesday (9) that there was more to be done to eradicate prejudice and create opportunity in Britain, but society was much less racist than it was before, his spokesman said. Johnson’s comments came as further protests were held in…

Priti Patel recalls advice to change surname as she rejects…

PRITI PATEL on Monday (8) recalled being "racially abused in the streets" as she dismissed the opposition's "lectures" on racism and inequality. The home secretary said in the House of Commons that a minority of protesters who were violent during the weekend's "Black Lives Matter" protests in Britain undermined the…

Priti Patel calls vandalism ‘utterly disgraceful’ as Boris Johnson slams…

ANTI-RACISM protests in Britain have been "subverted by thuggery", Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday (8), warning those responsible would be held to account. Tens of thousands took to the streets of London on Sunday, rallying for a second day running to condemn police brutality after the killing of…

Police rules out action against Cummings for ‘minor breach’ of…

DURHAM POLICE has said Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings committed a "minor breach" by driving to a scenic spot at the height of the lockdown, and closed the politically explosive case. The force, however, ruled out retrospective against Cummings. The Brexit campaign master created a political scandal…

Immigration u-turns ‘reflect role of public opinion’

By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future thinktank THE immigration bill currently before parlia­ment is the biggest change in British immi­gration policy for 40 years, though it has had a much lower profile than it would have done in usual times. The bill was carried comfortably – the sec­ond reading majority…

Disabled people ‘excluded in official Covid response’, says Labour MP

by LAUREN CODLING A LABOUR MP has urged the government to consider inclusive messaging for disabled people during the coronavirus pandemic, calling ministers’ current response “poor”. Marsha de Cordova, the shadow secretary for equalities and women, has spoken of the difficulties that disabled groups may face during the crisis and…

Brent Council sets an example by creating a ‘protective ring’…

LONDON’S Brent Council sent elderly patients discharged from hospital to a dedicated coronavirus care home to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether they had tested positive for COVID-19. The council spent £1.5 million on PPE in February and ensured these patients were quarantined to stop them potentially infecting other…

Muslim man arrested for breaking into UK gurdwara

A Muslim man has been arrested by the police for breaking into a gurdwara in an area in England where a stabbing incident was reported earlier. Guru Arjan Gurdwara on Stanhope Street in Derbyshire reported a break-in to Derbyshire Police after its front doors were found smashed in the early…

UK immigration bill sails through choppy waters in the House…

BRITISH MPs on Monday (18) gave their initial backing to legislation ending free movement of workers with the European Union, but the vote was overshadowed by a row over foreign healthcare staff and coronavirus. The bill would abolish the special immigration status for citizens of the EU, the European Economic…

Kashmir issue ‘should not infect UK politics’

By Amit Roy SIR KEIR STARMER has realised something that Jeremy Corbyn did not, with fatal consequences for the former Labour party lead­er – which is that Kashmir is the coronavirus of British politics. If you get infected by the India versus Pakistan politics of Kashmir, dating back to the…

‘I will respectfully challenge the government’, says Dr Rosena Allin-Khan…

Labour MP and shadow health minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has hit back at health secretary Matt Hancock after he told her to watch her "tone" during a debate in the House of Commons. "I will not 'watch my tone' when dozens of NHS and care staff are dying unnecessarily. Families…

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…

Virus crisis ‘is taking a toll on frontline staff’

By Dr Rosena Allin-Khan Labour MP for Tooting and shadow cabinet minister for mental health HAVING been an A&E doctor and a humanitarian doctor working in disaster zones across the world, I have become used to death. I have become used to the painful universal sound of a person losing…

Priti Patel set to be cleared of bullying charges

PRITI PATEL is set to be cleared of charges of bullying and breaching the ministerial code as an internal inquiry “trawled through lots of material but found no evidence”. The investigation headed by Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill had been initiated after former Home Office permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam…

Don’t treat BAME communities as second-class citizens: Barry Gardiner

By Barry Gardiner Labour MP for Brent North THIS is an open letter to Dominic Raab, first sec­retary of state. Since the first report of a UK death from Covid-19 in early March, my constituency of Brent North and its hospital at Northwick Park have been at the epi­center of…

Muslims applaud ‘community spirit’ ahead of Ramadan in lockdown

by LAUREN CODLING BRITISH MUSLIMS have expressed the hope that Ramadan will be a time for communities to “reflect”, as lockdown measures are expected to be in place during most of the holy month, which begins later this week. Following the outbreak of Covid-19, places of worship across the UK…

Ramgarhia Youth Forum distributes overnight kits to NHS workers in…

London-based NGO Ramgarhia Youth Forum (RYF) has taken up a mission to provide essential kits based on requirements of NHS workers. It started off with an interaction between RYF director Danny Bhambra and Hillingdon hospital authorities, who informed him about shortage of toiletries and supplies for staff staying overnight in…

Virus has exposed inequalities in society, says Sadiq Khan

by LAUREN CODLING LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has claimed the disproportionate number of ethnic minorities affected by coronavirus has “highlighted the structural inequalities in our society”. Speaking to Eastern Eye on Tuesday (21), the mayor said it was important to recognise that the Covid-19 virus was “affecting some communities disproportionately…

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…

Chance to rid Labour of anti-India poison

By Amit Roy LABOUR’S apparent backing for Paki­stan on the Kashmir issue is hardly a priority for Sir Keir Starmer, except that on being elected party leader last week after four disastrous years under Jeremy Corbyn, he pledged to “tear out this poison” of anti-Semitism. Sooner or later, he will…

Furore as Asian Covid-19 death toll rises in UK

by LAUREN CODLING LEADING doctors and MPs have slammed health officials for failing to react to the rapidly growing rates of Covid-19 infections and rising death toll among Asians. The criticism comes as data on Tuesday (7) suggested that ethnic minorities could be at a higher risk of developing life-threatening…

Dominic Raab confirms flights from India to rescue stranded Brits

British foreign secretary Dominic Raab on Monday (6) confirmed that flights are being fixed from India to bring British nationals stranded in the coronavirus lockdown back to the UK this week. During the daily Downing Street press briefing, the senior Cabinet minister revealed that the UK’s death toll from the…

Lisa Nandy calls for ‘cross-party National Cobra’ to ‘rebuild’ UK

LISA NANDY has made a plea for rebuilding "a more compassionate, resilient country" as the postal ballot for the Labour leadership election closed on Thursday (2). The Wigan MP had called on the party to be "brave" and elect her during a series of hustings around the country. Nandy, 40,…

NHS ‘prepared’ for spike in virus cases

by LAUREN CODLING THE NHS is prepared for the coronavirus outbreak to “go from bad to worse” as the infection continues to spread across the UK, a medical expert has claimed. The comments came after prime minister Boris Johnson warned last month the health service could be “overwhelmed” by the…

MP Virendra Sharma hails NHS as he recovers from Covid-19…

VETERAN lawmaker Sharma on Tuesday (31) urged everyone to strictly follow the government's social distancing advice to help contain the coronavirus pandemic as he revealed his own Covid-19 diagnosis and discharge from hospital. The 72-year-old Labour MP for Ealing Southall in west London had revealed on Twitter that he was…

Some Asian shopkeepers engage in profiteering

REPORTS reached me at the weekend that some Asian shopkeepers were engaging in profiteering, with fresh green chillis, for example, marked up to £17.99 per kg and kare­la (bitter gourd) priced at £9.99 per kg. Other reports spoke of hoarding. One house was apparently packed to the rafters with bags…

Labour MP Nadia Whittome returns to part-time care work in…

A British MP said that she will be returning to her previous role of a care-worker on Tuesday (24) to join the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. Nadia Whittome, born in the UK to a Punjabi father, became the youngest MP in the House of Commons representing…

No substantial plan by Sunak to improve social care crisis:…

By Nadeem Badshah BUSINESS leaders have praised chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget for scrapping business rates for small firms and his Coronavirus response fund, but critics have hit out at the chancellor’s response to the social care crisis. Sunak announced in his first spring Budget last Wednesday (11) that thousands of…

Love in the time of Covid-19

By Amit Roy IN MY local branch of Sainsbury’s, the shelves have been stripped bare – and not just of food, toilet rolls, pasta and rice – but something else, which, in a curious way, indicates all is not lost. An announcement said copies of Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror &…

New bill aims to protect British shop workers from abuse

LABOUR MP Alex Norris is set to table a Private Members’ Bill that seeks to protect shop workers from the rising tide of violence and abuse. The Ten Minute Rule Bill, due to be introduced on Monday (16), proposes to make assaults on shop workers aggravated offences. “I am shocked…

Action urged over how-to videos for fake documents

By Nadeem Badshah FRAUDSTERS are posting videos on YouTube showing people how to make fake passports and Indian Aadhar cards, an Eastern Eye investigation has found. The world's biggest video sharing website has been urged to take action with concerns that criminals could learn the tricks in the footage and dupe…

Talking Shop: Violence against staff must stop

  By Gareth Thomas Labour MP for Harrow West PUNCHED in the face by a shoplifter, threatened with a needle by a drug user, spat at, verbally abused more times than they can remember- this is the real-life experience of working in a British high street store for one shopworker. This…

UK expresses concerns over potential impact of India’s Citizenship Act

The UK government has reiterated its concern over the potential impact of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said it is continuing to follow the events in India closely. In response to an urgent question on “Recent Violence in India” tabled by Labour Party MP Khalid Mahmood in the House…

Adieu to pioneer of Asian Media

LONDON MAYOR Sadiq Khan has led tributes to Ramniklal Solanki, a giant of Gujarati journalism and pioneer of British Asian media, who passed away on Sunday (1), after a brief illness. He was 88. Mr Solanki was in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, when he suffered a stroke last week. He was admitted…

HS2 rail project will rebalance UK economy: Businessmen  

By Nadeem Badshah LEADING businessmen have backed the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project despite the controversies over its spiralling budget. Boris Johnson recently gave the green  light for the route London to Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds. Supporters of the plan say it will improve transport times, reduce overcrowding, create jobs…

Fewer Asians respond to mental health therapies: Experts

By Nadeem Badshah BRITISH Asian patients with mental health problems are among the least likely to improve after having NHS treatment compared to other groups, new government data shows. Experts have called for services to be urgently improved after it emerged that patients of south Asian origin were among the least likely to…

Labour MP’s Kashmir message

By Amit Roy IT NEVER looks good when India refuses to admit a British member of parliament, which is what happened when the Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, Debbie Abrahams, landed in New Delhi last week, apparently without a visa. Personally, I would have let her in and…

Terrorists are ‘generally Muslims’: Ryanair CEO

MUSLIM men should be profiled at airports as terrorists will "generally be of a Muslim persuasion", Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said in an interview published Saturday (22), sparking accusations of racism. "Who are the bombers?" the budget airline's controversial chief executive said while discussing airport security in the interview with…

BAME MPs face racism in parliament: study

ALMOST two-thirds of black and minority ethnic (BAME) MPs have experienced some form of racism while working in parliament, new research has shown. According to a recent study carried out by ITV, half of respondents said they have faced abuse from fellow MPs. The study was based on anonymous responses…

Priti Patel apologises over Tory activist’s outburst

HOME SECRETARY Priti Patel has formally apologised to Yvette Cooper after a Tory activist was jailed last week for texting that he was hiring “crackheads” to get the Labour MP beaten up. In a message sent last April to an online acquaintance, Joshua Spencer had implied that Cooper should be…

Home-grown hate

By Amit Roy BORIS JOHNSON has already indicated the government will stop the early release of convicted terrorists. It follows the incidents involving Usman Khan 28, on London Bridge on November 29 last year, and Sudesh Amman, who was shot dead by armed police in Streatham in south London last…

‘Kashmir film won’t spark India-Pakistan tensions’

  By Nadeem Badshah BRITISH Pakistanis have dismissed fears that a new film highlighting “disappearances” in Kashmir will spark tensions in the UK and have praised the director for highlighting human rights. No Fathers in Kashmir, directed by Ashwin Kumar, was released in cinemas in January and is about a…

Ruchi Ghanashyam warns against false narratives, propaganda against India

False narratives and propaganda are being spread against India by mutating forms of terrorism to create disharmony, threaten peace and prevent progress in the country, India's High Commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam said in London. Addressing a gathering of Indian diaspora members and UK ministers and officials at the…

Labour needs to build global ties, including with India

  By Gareth Thomas Labour MP for Harrow West LABOUR’S next leader faces a herculean task after our worst result since 1935. If we choose the wrong leader, things could get even worse. The number of Labour MPs with very, very low majorities is striking. We need a street fighter…

‘BAME offenders more likely to be jailed for drug crimes’

by LAUREN CODLING THE UK’s criminal justice system is “biased” against ethnic minorities, leading experts have claimed, as research showed that BAME offenders are “far more likely than others” to be jailed for drug offences. New analysis, commissioned by the Sentencing Council, revealed that people from Asian and other minority…

Educate adults to tackle rise of racism in schools: Experts

   By Nadeem Badshah THE sharp rise in the number of primary school children suspended for racism is linked to antimigrant comments and the spike in hate crimes since the Brexit vote, campaigners believe. Primary schools in England issued temporary exclusions to pupils for racist behaviour 496 times in the…

Why Sir Keir is the best choice to lead Labour’s…

  By Seema Malhotra  Labour MP for Feltham and Heston  AS PARLIAMENT returns, it is a bittersweet time – we welcome new colleagues but also share sadness and disappointment for those who lost their seats across the country. There is no doubt that this was Labour’s reverse 1997. It is a defeat…

MPs ‘mistaken for staff’

SOME newly elected ethnic minority MPs have complained that they have been mistaken for Commons staff, it has emerged this week. Labour MPs Florence Eshalomi and Abena Oppong-Asare claimed they had been questioned by fellow politicians, who have confused them for parliamentary staff members. The women, who were part of…

New book captures experiences of Punjabi women to highlight history

by LAUREN CODLING A NEW book which highlights the contribution of 15 Punjabi women in the UK will have universal resonance, the author has claimed. Voices from Punjab is a collection of stories from a variety of prominent women, including Conservative peer Baroness Sandip Verma, Labour MP Seema Malhotra, writer…

Asian families need more help caring for disabled loved ones

  By Nadeem Badshah MINISTERS have been urged to step up in 2020 and tackle problems faced by Asian families looking after a disabled loved one. Campaigners say there remains a low uptake among south Asians for accessing some support services. They have also highlighted the high number of benefits…

Asian origin MP under fire for not taking oath on…

  AN Asian origin British MP has come under severe criticism for not taking an oath of allegiance to the Crown on the Bhagavad Gita. Virendra Sharma, 72, made the solemn affirmation instead of taking a religious oath during the swearing-in at the House of Commons. Sharma, a Punjabi origin…

Sunder Katwala: Rise in number of female BAME MPs reflects…

by SUNDER KATWALA Director, British Future AS THE newly elected parliament met earlier this week, it did not take long for prime minister Boris Johnson to declare that its first task will be to “get Brexit done”. Once Britain leaves the European Union in January, it will be just as…

Asians earn lower than their Black and Chinese counterparts

by NADEEM BADSHAH CAMPAIGNERS have called for action over the lower pay packets of British Asian workers in the civil service – when compared to other groups. Asian and white staff had the lowest average annual pay in 2019 of £27,200, followed by black staff (£28,400) and Chinese-origin staff (£29,500).…

Birmingham MP Mahmood announces bid to be Labour’s deputy leader

BIRMINGHAM MP Khalid Mahmood on Tuesday announced his decision to stand to become Labour's new deputy leader. Announcing his bid, Mahmood said his aim was to ensure that Labour was not London-centric. A former engineer who lives and works in the West Midlands, Mahmood believes he is the ideal candidate…

Uproar as Sikh candidate accuses poll rival of insulting his…

  A SIKH candidate from the Labour party has accused his Conservative Party rival of "insulting" remarks that targeted his turban during a poll hustings in the West Midlands. Kuldip Sahota, contesting the Ludlow constituency in Shropshire, demanded a Tory party investigation after Conservative candidate Philip Dunne said he was…

Top business leaders reveal their wish lists for new government

  By Nadeem Badshah BRITAIN’S top entrepreneurs have urged the next UK government to make ending the Brexit uncertainty, addressing the lack of housing and enabling more trade deals with India among its top priorities. Ahead of the general election on December 12, they have unveiled their Christmas wish lists,…

Barnie Choudhury: ‘Don’t be fooled by this sinister divisive ploy’

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY Former BBC journalist EVERYONE knows where they were on September 11, 2001, when two planes slammed into the World Trade Centre twin towers in New York. But few of us will remember where we were the day before. Except I can, and for reasons which will soon…

Britain may get its most diverse parliament yet

BRITAIN’S parliament could be the most diverse ever – with 67 ethnic minority MPs – when the results of the December 12 election are announced next month, a leading thinktank has predicted. There were 52 BAME MPs when parliament was dissolved in October, in the run up to the general…

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…

Activists call for legal asylum routes to end people smuggling

by NADEEM BADSHAH TOUGHER punishments are needed for people trafficking gangs after 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated trailer, lawyers and charities have urged. They have called for a fresh clampdown on criminals convicted of making a fortune from smuggling migrants to the UK, and more investment towards…

Lack of Indian-origin Labour candidates draws criticism

THE Labour party's failure to select enough number of British Indian candidates to contest in the upcoming general elections has attracted severe criticism. Labour Friends of India (LFIN), the representative diaspora group of the party, on Wednesday (13) noted that the relation between the Indian community and Labour has already…

Lavery: Kashmir issue should not divide communities in UK

DIFFERENCES over Kashmir must not be allowed to divide communities against each other here in the UK, the chair of the Labour Party has said, adding the party would not adopt any “anti-India or anti-Pakistan” position over the matter. In a letter dated November 11, Ian Lavery said that “Kashmir…

Labour MP Vaz will not stand for re-election

LABOUR MP Keith Vaz, facing suspension for expressing willingness to purchase cocaine for others, said he will not stand for re-election. In a statement released yesterday evening (10), Vaz, 62, said he will be standing down as MP for Leicester East after 32 years representing the constituency. ALSO READ: Barnie…

WhatsApp messages urge Hindus to vote against Labour

HINDUS in the UK are being urged to vote against Labour in the upcoming general election. WhatsApp messages accusing the party of being "anti-India" and "anti-Hindu" have been sent using the app's forward function. One message has called on "all India sympathisers" to "defeat Labour candidates from as many seats…

Dawn Butler to enter Labour deputy leadership race

Dawn Butler has become the first major candidate to enter Labour deputy leadership race. Following Tom Watson's resignation as deputy leader of the Labour party Wednesday evening, Butler said that she would like to enter the leadership race. The Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities told Bloomberg: "I…

MPs pay tribute to UK Gujaratis

MORE efforts are needed to create an inclusive environment for the UK’s Gujarat community, it was argued during a parliamentary debate last week. Labour’s Gareth Thomas and Conservative MP Bob Blackman took part in a par­liamentary debate in Westminster Hall last Wednesday (30) to celebrate the contribu­tion of the British…

Man in court for sending death threats to May

A MAN who sent threatening messages to former prime minister Theresa May and several other politicians did so with a phone he hid in his mother's shoe, a court heard on Wednesday (6). Wajid Shah, 26, is accused of sending threats to Caroline Nokes, Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton…

Zarah Sultana slammed for using anti-white slurs

A LABOUR candidate who courted controversy for saying she would celebrate the death of Tony Blair has now been accused of using anti-white slurs. Zarah Sultana, who is standing for Coventry South, reportedly referred to a Jewish student as YT, a slang used against white people, while she was a…

Asian Media Group finds mention in Commons debate

A DEBATE on the Gujarati community in the UK has heard the contribution of Eastern Eye’s publishers being highlighted in the House of Commons. Gareth Thomas MP singled out, among others, the Solanki family, which runs the Asian Media Group (AMG) – the publisher of Eastern Eye – for praise during the debate held…

MP calls for Eid and Diwali national holidays in UK

by LAUREN CODLING A LABOUR MP has urged the government to consider making Diwali and Eid national holidays in the UK. Speaking in the House of Commons last week, Gareth Thomas called for the government to debate on recognising religious celebrations such as Diwali, which fell last Sunday (27), as…

Keith Vaz facing suspension after cocaine probe

A Labour MP who headed a parliamentary committee probing drug policies is facing a six-month suspension after a lengthy inquiry into claims he offered to pay for cocaine. Former Europe minister Keith Vaz, 62, committed a "very serious breach" of code of conduct for MPs, said the House of Commons…

Yaqoob refuses to let ‘hurtful personal smears’ bring her down

A Labour candidate for the West Midlands metro mayor has vowed to continue to fight on in the face of "vicious character assassination." Salma Yaqoob is reportedly being pressurised to stand down in the race to become Labour's candidate for West Midlands mayor. But she has no intention of doing…

MP Naz Shah says she was made to feel suicidal…

A LABOUR MP has once again opened up about being diven to "contemplating suicide" by a West Midlands mayoral candidate from her own party. Naz Shah, the shadow minister of state for women and equalities, took to Twitter on Tuesday (22) to reiterate her claims that Salma Yaqoob, who ran…

Asians feel ‘they do not belong to community’

by NADEEM BADSHAH THE number of British Asians who feel they are part of their neighbourhood has fallen sharply, government figures showed. Experts believe rising hate crime since the Brexit referendum and families moving to wealthier parts of the UK are the main causes behind the drop. Between 2017-2018 and…

Tories accuse Andrew Marr of a ‘premeditated’ bid to embarrass…

Furious Tories have lashed out at BBC presenter Andrew Marr who on Sunday (13) accused home secretary Priti Patel of "laughing" at Brexit fears after she appeared to smirk during their interview. While talking about industry groups who expressed concern at their future after Brexit, the veteran political presenter stopped…

Labour politicians and groups call out Kashmir motion

SENIOR Labour MPs are said to be working to refer the party’s controversial Kashmir motion, which alleged “state-endorsed sexual violence of women by armed forces”, back to its National Executive Committee (NEC). At its annual party conference in Brighton last month, Labour passed a resolution which said: “The enforced disappearance…

British Asians ‘least likely to receive Start Up loans’

By Nadeem Badshah  BRITISH Asians are the least likely to receive government-backed Start Up loans for their business when compared to other ethnic groups, figures show. Experts have called for an investigation into any evidence of “discrimination” to ensure more Asian entrepreneurs do not miss funding for their firm. From…

Extradited Indian man accused of rape and murder charged on…

An Indian man accused of rape and murder in the UK ten years ago has been charged with the crimes as he landed in London after being extradited from India, Scotland Yard said. Aman Vyas, 35, landed at Heathrow Airport on Friday (4) night and will appear before Uxbridge Magistrates'…

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal suspended

THE leader of Redbridge Council has been suspended from the Labour Party following serious allegations. Jas Athwal, who was taking part in the race to be prospective parliamentary candidate in Ilford South, was suspended on Friday (4) over allegations that were first made against him in August. The move has…

Government under fire over collapse of Thomas Cook

By Nadeem Badshah MINISTERS have been criticised for failing to stop the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook – as customers were told they may have to wait up to two months for refunds. An online refund system is due to launch on October 7 after the company went into…

Gina Miller: ‘I’ll not let the bullies win’

by LAUREN CODLING ACTIVIST Gina Miller has described the “disturbing” threats made towards herself and her children in light of her supreme court case against the government last week. Her comments come after a number of MPs have spoken out about the abuse and death threats they have faced in…

London MPs show concern over “deeply worrying” fall in childhood…

by LAUREN CODLING POLITICIANS have raised concerns over the declining rates of childhood immunisations, as the health secretary announced on Monday (30) that compulsory vaccinations were being “seriously considered”. The latest NHS statistics released last week showed the number of children being vaccinated has dropped, with only two of the…

Boycott of Indian products over Kashmir ‘not realistic’

by NADEEM BADSHAH CALLS for a British boycott of Indian products following anger over Kashmir must not spill over into hate speech online and spark further tension between communities, MPs and shopkeepers have warned. Images of Indian flags being burned have been posted on Twitter since prime minister Narenda Modi’s…

Kulveer Singh Ranger: Prime minister was defending religious freedom

LAST week among the continued parliamentary battle over Brexit and during Boris Johnson’s  first Prime Minister’s Questions, he was accused of being racist. This accusation was made by Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, the Labour MP for Slough. First, let me state I know Tanmanjeet. There are not that many turban wearing…

Archbishop of Canterbury apologises for Amritsar atrocity

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for the “shameful” Amritsar atrocity as he visited the Jallianwala Bagh memorial site on Tuesday (10). Archbishop Justin Welby made the apology as he visited India during his 10-day tour, claiming that he felt “ashamed and sorry” for the impact that the incident had…

Konnie Huq delves into childhood for new book

by LAUREN CODLING FORMER Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq has revealed she consulted her two children while writing her new book which centres on a young British-Bangladeshi girl. Cookie!...and the Most Annoying Boy in the World explores the world of Cookie Haque – a nine-year-old girl obsessed with science and…

Tan Dhesi challenges Johnson over ‘hurtful’ veil comments

  By Rithika Siddhartha LABOUR MP Tan Dhesi prompted unprecedented applause in the Commons this afternoon (4) as he challenged prime minister Boris Johnson over the use of his language describing women wearing veils as looking like letterboxes. Dhesi, a turban wearing Sikh who represents Slough, said: “If I wear…

Barnie Choudhury: Boris has got himself in a Brexit Asian…

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY Former BBC journalist FOR those who don’t know about the best city in the UK, let me enlighten you. Leicester is home to the 2015-16 Premier League football champions; the place which produced Martin Johnson, the man who led the England squad to a glorious rugby World…

Barry Gardiner: MPs must stand firm to prevent Britain crashing…

by BARRY GARDINER Labour MP for Brent North and shadow international trade secretary IT HAS been widely reported that when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, a young Boris Johnson answered, “world king!” It is less widely reported that when US president Donald Trump heard this…

Indian man accused of rape murder in Walthamstow to be…

An Indian man accused of rape and murder in the UK 10 years ago is set to be extradited from India to face charges in Britain, according to a media report. Aman Vyas, 34, is believed to be in custody in India before he is flown to London to face…

Labour MP calls Johnson a ‘dictator’ after he suspends Parliament

LABOUR MP Preet Kaur Gill has called Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament  a "coup" and termed the prime minister a "dictator." Taking to Twitter on Wednesday (28), Gill wrote: "I make no apology in calling this for what it is: This is a coup made by an extreme Right…

Goody film recalls reality show scandal

HOW THE JADE-SHILPA ROW CHANGED BRITAIN by AMIT ROY BROADCASTER Channel 4’s three-part documentary, Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, has reminded many viewers of the racist abuse that was heaped on Shilpa Shetty when the Bollywood actress appeared in the fifth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2007. Others are discovering for…

Shree Swaminarayan temple in Kingsbury celebrates fifth anniversary

THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Kingsbury in north London last Saturday (24) to witness the fifth anniversary celebrations of the Maninagar Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan Shree Swaminarayan Mandir. Celebrations were led by global spiritual leader Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, leader of the Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, and they kicked…

MP Tan Dhesi discusses Am­rit­sar-Lon­don direct flights with In­dian politicians

TAN Singh Dhesi MP held talks with Indian politicians about introducing direct flights from London to Amritsar. The Labour MP for Slough in Berkshire travelled to New Delhi last week to meet civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri and commerce and industry minister Som Parkash. Dhesi MP called for national…

Ethnic communities in northern England “ignored” in light of Brexit,…

by LAUREN CODLING ETHNIC communities in northern England have been “ignored” in light of the Brexit vote as politicians and media focus on the “white working class”, a new report has cautioned. Class, Race and Inequality in Northern Towns showed that the focus on the “mythical white working class” had…

Priti Patel urged to put an end to ‘terrifying rise…

MPs on Thursday (15) called on home secretary Priti Patel to "get a grip" and put an end to the "terrifying rise in violent crime," after it was revealed that the number of offenders avoiding prison for assaulting police officers has doubled over the past decade. On Thursday night, PC…

UK ‘must learn from France’ as Indian student numbers continue to…

By Nadeem Badshah MORE Indian students are saying au revoir to Britain and are choosing to study in France. Figures show that about 10,000 people from India are taking courses in French cities including Paris, a number which has trebled in three years. Alexandre Ziegler, France’s ambassador to India, said the…

Home Office ‘profiteering’ from rise in immigration fees

THE Home Office has been accused by critics of making a profit from soaring immigration fees that delivered a £500 million surplus last year. Charges levied on thousands of people for British residency and citizenship have risen in the past five years, with profits increasing by 91 per cent. Applicants…

Man jailed for sending offensive email to Labour MP Naz…

A MAN who sent a threatening email to an MP was on Tuesday (13) jailed for 12 weeks. Stewart Hanson, 57, accused Naz Shah of antisemitism and made racist comments and threats of violence to the Bradford West MP and her family in the email sent to her work account…

Birmingham’s Kashmiri population voice anger after Article 370 scrapped

KASHMIRI community leaders in Birmingham on Monday (12) called for a boycott of Indian products and Bollywood films over anger at India stripping their homeland of its special status. To express their anger over the fate of their homeland, the Kashmiri community in Birmingham will hold a protest on August…

Barnie Choudhury: British Asians must shun ‘politics of envy’ in…

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY Former BBC journalist “I HEAR you’re the most hated Asian in the BBC,” the national newspaper journalist said. It was December 2001, and I was at a Radio 4 Today Christmas party. “I was told by one of your Asian colleagues that you’re a sell-out, an Uncle…

Is Boris Johnson’s funding right medicine for NHS?

by LAUREN CODLING SENIOR doctors and MPs have called for more funding for the NHS as prime minister Boris Johnson announced the health service would receive £1.8 billion to improve hospital facilities and equipment. Last Sunday (4), Johnson said various NHS Trusts across the country would receive the one-off cash…

Dr Faiza Shaheen: ‘General election the only way out of…

by DR FAIZA SHAHEEN Director of CLASS HOW did we end up with Boris Johnson as prime minister? It feels like we are trapped in a nightmare from which we can’t seem to wake up. He is the man who compared Muslim women in veils to letterboxes, and who suggested…

Boris wins, but will he unite Britain?

by LAUREN CODLING BORIS JOHNSON has promised to “deliver Brexit and unite the United Kingdom”, as he won the race to become Britain’s next prime minister on Tuesday (23). The Conservative MP and former London mayor made the comments after he comfortably beat his rival, foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, with…

UK politicians accuse Trump of ‘fascist tendencies’

A NUMBER of British politicians have signed a letter of support for the four US congresswomen of colour who were targeted by president Donald Trump last week. In a letter co-ordinated by Labour MP Naz Shah, British MPs and peers condemned the "abhorrent racist and fascist chants" about the four…

Asians are top of the class

by NADEEM BADSHAH BRITISH INDIAN and Bangladesh-origin school children are outperforming their white peers in the classroom, latest government figures show. Some 76 per cent of British Indian 10- and 11-year-olds met the “expected standard” in reading, writing and maths, compared to 64 per cent of white pupils. The figure…

Family of murdered British woman renew call for extradition of…

  By Nadeem Badshah MINISTERS have been criticised for failing to extradite an Indian man who is also accused of three alleged rapes to face trial over the murder of a British woman 10 years ago. Michelle Samaraweera, 35, was found dead in a playground in Walthamstow, east London, after…

Asian families among those hit by lack of investment in social care sector

By Nadeem Badshah CAMPAIGNERS have called for an overhaul of adult social care after a damning report called for ministers to spend £8 billion to bring it to “acceptable levels”. They have warned that the system is affecting more south Asian families than estimated and said services are not reaching…

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…

UK parliamentary staff face ‘significant’ bullying and harassment, says report

STAFF working for lawmakers in Britain's lower house of parliament face an unacceptable risk of sexual harassment, bullying and abuse, which has been hidden because they fear reprisals, according to an official report on Thursday (11). An independent inquiry, led by lawyer Gemma White, was commissioned after parliament became one of several…

Indian Navy wants to end colonial-style traditions

by NADEEM BADSHAH THE Indian Navy’s move to end colonial-style traditions, including the VIP culture, has been met with a mixed response in Britain. Admiral Karambir Singh, the new chief of staff, called on senior officers to be “disciplined and respectful, but not subservient” in their conduct. He wants to…

Shopkeepers hit out at failure to tackle rising ‘low-value’ theft

  By NADEEM BADSHAH SHOPKEEPERS have slammed police chiefs and ministers for failing to treat thefts and assaults seriously enough. The Federation of Small Businesses warned this month that criminal activity is costing the industry almost E17 billion every year and have called for more officers on the streets to…

Ministers urged to act on fraudsters pose as immigration officials…

  By NADEEM BADSHAH MINISTERS have been urged to launch a crackdown on frauds posing as immigration officials and targeting migrants in money scams. Victims are contacted by criminals who exert pressure and force people to hand over up to £10,000; in some cases, people have been threatened with being…

Parliamentary string quartet set to perform in Palace of Westminster

AN MP, a television presenter and two parliamentary staffers are set to perform at a charity concert in the Palace of Westminster on July 2. Known as the Statutory Instruments, the ensemble of Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire, Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman, councillor Katherine Chibah and Emily Benn, former…

MPs meet minister to boost campaign to secure western rail…

INDIAN origin labour MP Tan Dhesi and conservative MP Richard Benyon met the Rail Minister, Andrew Jones MP, to discuss the work of the all-party parliamentary group for a western rail link to Heathrow (APPG WRLtH) on Wednesday (27). Both Tan and Richard are co-chairs of the cross-party group of…

Decision to readmit Chris Williamson into Labour party should be…

A LABOUR MP who agreed to let Chris Williamson back into the party has called for the decision to be reviewed. Keith Vaz, who sat on the panel that made the decision to readmit Williamson, on Wednesday (26) wrote to Jennie Formby, the party's general secretary, saying that the decisions…

‘Fire chiefs need to feel the heat over lack of…

by NADEEM BADSHAH FIRE service chiefs have been urged to investigate the lack of diversity after figures showed only 0.6 per cent of firefighters in England are of Asian origin. Home Office data showed there were 203 British Asians in 2018, which makes up less than one per cent, compared…

LGBT equality classes: ‘We aren’t going to get back in…

A FORMER Labour minister has challenged protests against LGBT equality teaching saying such education is not "propagandising", but about respecting their rights to have an "equal welcome in school." Angela Eagle, who was the first openly gay female MP when she came out in 1997, insisted during a Commons debate…

Birmingham school row: Pressure mounts on Labour Party to suspend…

THE Labour Party is under immense pressure to suspend MP Roger Godsiff after he backed Birmingham school protesters saying they had a "just cause." Godsiff represents Anderton Park School and surrounding community, and in an exchange captured on video, he is heard telling demonstrators that they were "in the right."…

Birmingham LGBT row: Protesters to remain barred from school gates

THE headteacher of a Birmingham school that has been at the centre of protests over LGBT equality classes said yesterday (10) she was "delighted" after a judge issued a fresh interim injunction against the demonstrations. Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, headteacher at Anderton Park Primary School, said the 12 weeks of demonstrations had…

Birmingham LGBT row: Labour MP Roger Godsiff reported to chief…

A LABOUR MP will be "reminded of responsibilities" after he told parents protesting against LGBT classes outside a primary school in Birmingham that they were right and they had a “just cause.” A video circulated on social media shows Roger Godsiff telling parents they had a "just cause" and that…

Asian youngsters targeted as hate crime against children reach record…

by NADEEM BADSHAH MINISTERS have been urged to “take their head out of the sand” after research showed the police record 29 race hate crimes a day against children. There were 10,571 offences against children in 2017-2018, with toddlers and babies among those suffering – a figure which has risen…

Pakistan tourism set to soar, thanks to London-Islamabad flights

by NADEEM BADSHAH PAKISTAN is set for a tourism boom after British Airways (BA) resumed flights to the country this week for the first time in more than a decade, experts said. The airline is offering three flights a week from Heathrow airport to Islamabad, 11 years after suspending operations…

EU election provided a verdict on Brexit

by NADEEM BADSHAH CAMPAIGNERS and MEPs have welcomed the failure of Tommy Robinson and UKIP in the European elections but have warned about the sweeping rise of far-right parties in other countries. Former English Defence League founder Robinson, accused of pursuing an anti-Muslim agenda, did not secure enough votes to…

Baby blimp and mass protest to greet Trump during state…

by NADEEM BADSHAH MORE than a million protesters and the return of the “baby blimp” are set to greet Donald Trump when he makes his controversial state visit to the UK in June. Campaigners have predicted one of the biggest ever demonstrations when the US president arrives on June 3…

Modern slavery: Migrants recruited and exploited in places of worship,…

by NADEEM BADSHAH SLAVERY victims from south Asia are being recruited in places of worship by relatives in the UK who use “threats and blackmail” to control them, a report found. Campaigners have called for more funding and awareness to tackle the issue after the Unseen charity revealed that its…

Police chief calls for end to protests outside Anderton Park…

A POLICE chief has called for an end to protest outside a Birmingham school over LGBT equality classes. Dave Thompson, the chief constable of West Midlands police, said a number of criminal offences had occurred outside Anderton Park primary school since Sunday evening.. “In recent months some Birmingham primary schools…

May offers “new deal” to try to break Brexit deadlock

Prime minister Theresa May set out on Tuesday (21) a "new deal" for Britain's departure from the European Union, offering parliament sweeteners including the chance to vote on whether to hold a second referendum to try to break the impasse over Brexit. Three years since Britain voted to leave the…

Survey shows racism rising since EU referendum

The percentage of people from Asian background reporting racial discrimination has increased since the EU referendum, a survey reveals. The survey by Opinium showed that 71 per cent of people from ethnic minorities said they faced racial discrimination, compared to 58 per cent before the EU vote. For the survey,…

MP Jess Phillips clashes with Muslim protester over Birmingham school’s…

Labour MP Jess Phillips got into a row with a Muslim protester outside a school in Birmingham amid ongoing protest over LGBT equality lessons. Phillips was filmed arguing with a protester outside Anderton Park Primary School, where parents have been protesting for weeks claiming LGBT inclusion lessons were promoting homosexuality.…

Sikhs can continue to carry Kirpans despite tough new UK…

A new Offensive Weapons Bill aimed at tackling rising knife crime in the UK completed its journey through Parliament to become an act of law after receiving the Royal Assent of Queen Elizabeth this week. The bill had been amended late last year to ensure that it would not impact…

Fear of far right gains in EU poll

by LAUREN CODLING THE growing threat of the far-right needs to be urgently tackled, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has warned, as some polls indicate Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party (BP) looks to make gains in the EU elections next Thursday (23). Britons will head to polling stations next week to elect…

Sajid Javid slammed for lack of action over review of…

Home secretary Sajid Javid has been slammed for his apparent lack of action after he promised to look into claims that grooming gangs comprised mainly men of Pakistani heritage. Last July, Javid ordered officials to work with police to build profile of sex gangs. However, the Home Office has yet…

Activists call for loyalty of Commonwealth troops to be recognised

by Nadeem Badshah FORMER UK military staff from Commonwealth countries should be exempt from paying “rocketing” immigration fees to settle in Britain, campaigners have said. Personnel who leave the Armed Forces after four years of service have to pay visa application costs that have risen by 127 per cent in…

‘Unprecedented’ rise in threats against MPs

There is an "unprecedented" increase in the number of threats against MPs and Brexit divide may have contributed to the rise in attacks. Between January and April this year, the number of crimes soared to 152, a rise of 90 per cent compared with the same period last year. Cressida…

Possibility of more attacks in Sri Lanka worries British Asians

by LAUREN CODLING BRITISH SRI LANKANS have spoken of their concerns for the safety of their island country after the devastating Easter Sunday terrorist attacks which left more than 250 people dead. B Muraleetharan, the co-owner of M Wine Merchant in Tooting, south London, revealed that her husband was in…

COSARAF charitable foundation announces education support package underprivileged Muslim students

A BRITISH charitable foundation has launched a major higher education programme to support underprivileged Muslim students through top universities. The COSARAF Charitable Foundation aims to provide up to 24 graduate and undergraduate scholarships at four major UK universities - St Anne’s College, Oxford; any Cambridge college (administered by Downing College);…

Student accused of cheating on English language test is “desperate”…

FOREIGN students who have been accused by the Home Office of cheating on English tests have detailed how they have had to put their lives on hold, unable to work in the UK or use the NHS. About 36,000 student visas have been cancelled since 2014. Fatema Chowdhury is one…

Sajid Javid urged to act on student visa scandal

BRITISH home secretary Sajid Javid is under immense pressure to resolve a scandal that has the potential to be "bigger than Windrush." Around 34,000 overseas students have had their visas cancelled and more than 1,000 were forcibly removed from the UK after they were accused of cheating in a Home…

Trump plans state visit to the UK in June

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump's state visit to the UK is due to take place in early June. President Trump and first lady Melania visited the UK in July 2018 for a two-day working visit. They met prime minister Theresa May at Chequers and the Queen at Windsor Castle before heading…

Trial uses dogs to support abuse survivors during police interviews

by NADEEM BADSHAH THE first trial in Britain of crime victims being given support dogs to stroke during police interviews has been welcomed by campaigners. They believe the move by Kent Police could tackle the stigma faced by south Asian survivors of sex attacks. Oliver, a Labrador-retriever cross, is being…

Manchester museum launches Jallianwala Bagh exhibition

Manchester Museum has launched an exhibition on Jallianwala Bagh in collaboration with the Partition Museum in Amritsar to mark the centenary of the British colonial era massacre. 'Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege' opened at the Museum in time for Saturday's 100th anniversary of the tragedy that affected thousands. The…

Jallianwala Bagh: UK expresses regret, but does not apologise

by LAUREN CODLING BRITISH prime minister Theresa May expressed regret for the Amritsar atrocity, but stopped short of a full apology on Wednesday (10). “We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused,” she said in the House of Commons at the start of Prime Minister's Questions, as India marks…

Is it time Britain apologises for Jallianwala Bagh?

by LAUREN CODLING and NADEEM BADSHAH APOLOGISING for the Amritsar massacre would be a “reflection of the close relationship between the UK and India”, a British-Asian peer said, as Saturday (13) marks 100 years since the tragedy. Hundreds were killed in Jallianwala Bagh, a walled area in the Sikh holy…

‘End banking bias against minorites’

by NADEEM BADSHAH FINANCE chiefs and ministers have been urged to intervene after it emerged that ethnic minorities experience discrimination by banks. Mick McAteer, who runs the Financial Inclusion Centre think-tank, accused the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog of failing to protect vulnerable groups from being charged excessive amounts for…

The hidden benefits of overseas students

by NADEEM BADSHAH CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed a landmark report which found that international students provide a £22 billion boost to the UK economy – and have urged ministers to relax immigration rules. The research found that a typical student from outside the EU was worth at least £102,000 to Britain…

Bristol MP slams judge for saying it’s a man’s ‘fundamental…

BRISTOL MP Thangam Debbonaire has slammed a senior judge for saying it's a "fundamental human right" for a man to have sex with his wife. Justice Hayden, a senior High Court judge, made the comment during a hearing in a case to determine whether a man should be banned from…

May seeks further delay to Brexit deadline as she reaches…

  BRITISH prime minister Theresa May on Tuesday (2) called for a further extension to Brexit as she offered to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree on a plan that could overcome resistance from MPs to leave the EU. After a seven-hour meeting with her cabinet, the prime minister…

Never having to say sari

by Amit Roy AN ENGLISH friend of mine who fell ill and could not attend last Friday’s (22) launch of Eastern Eye’s Rich List sent her regrets at having to pull out at the last minute. She said that she and her husband, who enjoys any excuse for an outing…

Treatment of BAME people in criminal justice system “considerably worse,”…

THE TREATMENT of minorities in the criminal justice system has not improved since a major review in 2017, Labour MP David Lammy - who did the review - has said. The Tottenham MP told the House of Commons Justice Committee it would be “crazy” to suggest that things had not…

MPs condemn Brexit death threats

by LAUREN CODLING ASIANS MPs has condemned abuse which some politicians have endured over Brexit as it was revealed that MPs have been advised to travel in groups in order to avoid harassment. As British parliament continues to debate on the final Brexit outcome, many UK politicians have reported experiences…

Labour party formally adopts definition of Islamophobia

THE Labour party has formally adopted a definition of Islamophobia, arguing it was vital to tackle the rise of far-right racism. The definition reads: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.” A spokesperson said the party national executive…

Jummah attack heightens horror

by SARWAR ALAM “I WAKE up on a Friday morning with a different mindset to any other day of the week. It’s a day of peace and reflection spent in the worship of God. “The prophet Muhammad said, ‘the best day in the sight of God is Friday, the day…

MPs again reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal

  PRIME MINISTER Theresa May’s Brexit deal has suffered a staggering defeat for the second time in parliament on Tuesday evening (12), as uncertainties rise ahead of the UK leaving the European Union later this month. Parliament voted against the deal by 391 votes to 242. According to reports, 75…

Asian MPs warn against Kashmir fallout in UK

by Nadeem Badshah INDIA and Pakistan have been urged by British MPs to hold emergency peace talks to prevent a nuclear war over Kashmir. Politicians have expressed concerns over the tensions and urged the UK government to intervene to ensure the neighbours arrange a summit. Prime minister Theresa May spoke…

Asian politicians question timing of May’s new town funding scheme

by LAUREN CODLING AN ASIAN MP has referred to the government’s £1.6 billion funding scheme for poorer towns in England as a “sticking plaster”, as critics claimed the money was a bribe before crucial Brexit votes. The ‘Stronger Town Funds’, announced on Monday (4), will target areas across England which…

Labour MP receives racist email over Brexit stance

AN investigation has been launched after Labour MP Rupa Huq received a racist email abusing her for her stance on Brexit. Huq, of Bangladeshi-origin, received an email from someone who identified himself as only "John." Asking her to "not obstruct a no-deal exit" the sender wrote, “Otherwise you might potentially…

Labour MP describes finding her dad bruised in a care…

A LABOUR MP has told Parliament how her elderly dementia-hit father was left bloodied and bruised at a care facility, and she received no explanation for how he got these injuries. Rosena Allin-Khan, in a parliamentary adjournment debate she secured on Wednesday (27) into the safeguarding of vulnerable people in…

Brexit breaking point

by Gina Miller THE words of the notorious advertisement that Nigel Farage unveiled during the referendum campaign, depicting a long queue of people from overseas, supposedly if not actually waiting to get into Britain, are much in my mind as I write this – “breaking point.” It is not, however,…

Three MPs abandon May over Brexit as UK political sands…

Three MPs quit Britain's governing Conservative Party on Wednesday in protest at its "disastrous" hard line on Brexit, joining a rebellion in parliament that is redrawing the country's political landscape just weeks before it leaves the EU. The resignations by the pro-European trio posed a fresh and embarrassing headache for Prime Minister Theresa May as she headed…

David Lammy accuses government of ‘pandering to racism’

LABOUR MP David Lammy has questioned home secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to deport people to Jamaica before the Windrush inquiry was completed. Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday(5), Lammy branded the deportations as nothing less than a national scandal. In an impassioned speech, he asked, “Why is it…

Modi tenure criticised

by Amit Roy THE Guardian has been critical of Narendra Modi since he was chief minister of Gujarat, so it wasn’t surprising that it came out with a portentous leader comment about India’s prime minister last week, saying the next general election will be “something deeper about the struggle for…

Exit strategy deadlock

by SEEMA MALHOTRA Member of the select committee for Exiting the EU and Labour MP for Feltham and Heston IN A recent blog in the Huffington Post, I laid out the urgency of ruling out ‘no deal’ because of the economic and social damage it will do as our country…

MP Siddiq praises proxy voting trial

LABOUR MP Tulip Siddiq, who created history on Tuesday (29) by becoming the first MP to vote by proxy during the crucial Brexit amendments in the House of Commons, said having a female prime minister helped achieve this. On Monday (28), a one-year trial of proxy voting was approved in the House…

Brexit vote: MPs tell May to reopen backstop clause

BRITISH MPs on Tuesday (29) instructed prime minister Theresa May to demand that Brussels replace the Irish border arrangement known as the "backstop", in a last-ditch attempt to renegotiate an exit treaty that the European Union says it will not change. The amendment, put forward by influential Conservative MP Graham…

More than half of boys in young offender institutions are…

MORE than half of young boys in custody are from an ethnic background, it was revealed on Tuesday (29). Figures from the Inspectorate of Prisons’ annual report show that 51 per cent of teenage boys in youth jails across England and Wales are of black or minority ethnic heritage. The…

Leave EU result alone

by Barry Gardiner Labour MP for Brent North and shadow secretary of state for international trade FOR many months, we have been confronted with a series of choices and a series of false choices. The country had to choose whether to leave or remain. Those in the cabinet had to…

The Labour Friends of India relaunched

The Labour Friends of India, an India-focussed lobby within the Labour Party was on Wednesday (16) relaunched with an aim to highlight the issues and concerns of the concerns of the 1.5 million-strong Indian community in the UK. The Labour Friends of India, originally set up in 1999, was relaunched…

Playing the name game

by Amit Roy THERE is a lot in a name – especially when it is Havelock. With a general election due in India in early summer, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has sought to remove traces of colonial history by renaming three islands in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. One…

What’s next for Brexit Britain?

by LAUREN CODLING BRITISH ASIAN peers and politicians have spoken of their concerns for the future of the United Kingdom and its economy as parliament defeated the prime minister’s Brexit deal by 230 votes on Tuesday evening (15). Theresa May had lost MPs’ votes on the deal by 432 votes…

Most Indian-origin MPs voted against May’s Brexit deal

A majority of Indian-origin MPs voted against prime minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement on Tuesday (15). There are 12 Indian-origin MPs in the current House of Commons and all seven from the Labour MPs and three from the Conservative party voted against May’s withdrawal agreement. The two who voted in…

Tulip Siddiq delays giving birth to vote on Brexit deal

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq has postponed giving birth in order to vote on Britain's divorce deal with the EU on Tuesday (15). Siddiq, 36, was due to have a Caesarian section on the big day, but medics have agreed to delay the operation until Thursday so that she can vote…

Sowing the seeds for diversity in farming

by Nadeem Badshah A VET who suffered racial discrimination throughout his career is leading the fight to make farming more diverse so his children and future generations are welcomed into the profession. Navaratnam Partheeban, 36, has spoken out about the discrimination he has experienced, including one time when a farmer…

Jeremy Hunt vows action on forced marriage fees

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered an investigation into allegations that victims of forced marriages were asked to pay Foreign Office officials to rescue them. Hunt said he would “get to the bottom” of the scandal, revealed by The Times. “I have asked officials to give me proper advice on…

Experts slam government as forced marriage victims made to pay…

by LAUREN CODLING A CRIMINOLOGY expert has slammed the UK government for its “morally reprehensible” action of charging overseas victims of forced marriage fees to be safely repatriated back to Britain, as a leading campaigner warned it could deter others from coming forward to seek help. An investigation by The…

UK home office charged forced marriage victims to pay to…

Britain is charging young women rescued from forced marriages abroad for the cost of their repatriation, The Times newspaper revealed on Wednesday (2). Four British women who were liberated from a punishment institution in Somalia were each charged £740 ($940, 820 euros), the daily said. Victims are reportedly told they…

When Remain means Remain

by Amit Roy WHAT’S there not to understand? After all, remain means Remain. By all means, let’s enforce the democratic will of the people as expressed in the June 2016 referendum. What really matters is how London voted, the engine of the British economy. And the capital voted to Remain…

Axing student diversity staff ‘a retrograde step’

by Nadeem Badshah BRITAIN’S biggest students’ union has been criticised over its plans to axe diversity officers in order to cut costs. Campaigners have warned that the proposal to get rid of officials who represent ethnic minority, overseas, disabled and women students would leave undergraduates without support to tackle problems…

Campaigners launch effort to have Sikh ethnicity recognised in UK…