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Why tackling racism is integral to ending poverty

LAST week, the House of Commons International Development Select Committee published a damning report about racism in the development sector. They criticised aid organisations which depict the communities they serve as “helpless and needy” and “strip them of their dignity”, and they took aim at what they described as a…

Top ECB official suspended for ‘racial slur’ against ex-England bowler…

THE England and Wales Cricket Board has suspended a senior official for making a 'racial slur' about former England player Devon Malcolm, The Telegraph reported. The employee was stood down pending an investigation into an alleged jibe made earlier this season about being unable to see Malcolm until he smiles,…

Government aims to eliminate racial disparities with landmark mental health…

PEOPLE experiencing a mental health emergency will be able to access more care in the community, such as through crisis houses and safe havens, and those detained under the Mental Health Act will benefit from landmark reforms which provide patients with more control over their care and treatment. A £150…

Everyone living in the UK must have free access to…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan on Wednesday (22) urged the government to provide free NHS care for everyone living in the UK to prevent another potential Windrush scandal.  On Windrush Day (June 22), Khan called for an end to the NHS charging regulations for migrants which impacts undocumented Londoners as they…

UK MPs join call on government, institutions to make 75th…

AS a new national monument was unveiled on Wednesday (22) marking the anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving in Britain, actor Lenny Henry, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, broadcaster Trevor Phillips, London mayor Sadiq Khan and cross-party parliamentarians including Steve Baker, Diane Abbott and Baroness Doreen Lawrence have joined a public call…

Shocking! Nearly 70% of ethnic minority NHS leaders experienced racism…

More than half of black and minority ethnic (BME) NHS leaders considered leaving the health service in the last three years because of their experience of racist treatment while performing their role as an NHS leader, according to an NHS ConfederationThe online survey, conducted between April and May this year,…

Social mobility plan ‘in denial’ about inequalities

KATHARINE BIRBALSINGH, the head of Michaela Community School in west London and Boris Johnson’s social mobility chief, made her first major speech last Thursday (9). She said society should stop fixating on getting poor children to university and celebrate “small steps up the ladder” instead of “rags to riches” stories…

‘Give people a vote on expanding the Senedd’

HAVING been elected as the first woman of colour to the Welsh parliament in May 2021, I know there has been immense pressure on the Labour government to see more diversity in the Senedd. Labour and Plaid Cymru are determined to squeeze more politicians into the Senedd, a contentious move…

ECB charge Yorkshire and seven individuals following Azeem Rafiq racism…

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has charged Yorkshire cricket club and seven people for bringing the game into disrepute over racism allegations, according to a report.  However, the board has chosen not to name the individuals, the Sky News reported. The ECB began an investigation in 2021 after…

Pandemic-time health and social care ‘heroes’ faced abuse, investigation finds

FRONTLINE low-paid health and care workers who were branded heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic suffered racism, harassment and bullying, Britain’s top equality body has uncovered. According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), *It may have underestimated the extent of the abuse because employers were not collecting relevant data.…

Black and Asian nurses overlooked for promotion due to structural…

A new study has revealed that NHS nurses from minority ethnic backgrounds were overlooked for promotion due to structural racism, according to a report. It added that white nurses are twice as likely as black and Asian colleagues to be promoted in the NHS, the Guardian reported. A survey of almost…

‘Queen’s Birthday Honours highlight great contribution Asians have made to…

Despite the recent successes of seeing better representation on the honours list with 15.1% BAME award winners in the 2022 New Year’s Honour List, this special Platinum Jubilee year has sadly seen a significant drop with only 13.3% successful candidates coming from an ethnic minority background.  This decline however comes…

Sir Salman Rushdie heads list of British Asians recognised in…

Author Sir Salman Rushdie and cricketer Moeen Ali are among a number of British Asians honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on Wednesday (1). With doctors, politicians, educators, authors, community leaders and philanthropists among the 13.3 per cent of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background, this list showcases…

Neil Basu is no longer in the race for Crime…

THE most senior Asian police officer in the UK is considering lodging an official complaint as he has dropped out of the running to become the head of the National Crime Agency, according to a report. Neil Basu, the former head of counter-terrorism policing, has been told the process to…

‘I don’t believe that dementia is an inevitable part of…

Speaking at Alzheimer’s Society Conference 2022 in central London last Tuesday (18), he confirmed that the plan will focus on how new medicines and emerging science and technology can be harnessed to improve outcomes for dementia patients across the UK. Javid said he wanted the initiative, which would be published…

Why Asians need culturally sensitive mental health support

The Mind mental health charity said mainstream services often fail to provide therapies that meet a person’s cultural or language needs and they are not referred to the right support. It comes after a study in May by the Mental Health Foundation found that people from a black, Asian or…

BMA review: UK failed to protect health staff during the…

A review by a doctors' union has revealed that the UK government failed to protect doctors and the wider healthcare staff at the start of the pandemic, according to a media report. The British Medical Association review said staff were desperately let down by the lack of protective equipment, the…

Britain ready for Asian PM

THE vast majority of Britons say they are comfortable with having a south Asian as their prime minister. A survey by the think-tank, British Future, found that a third of the British public would see an Asian prime minister as a good thing for our country. At least eight in…

Fascist group founder Alex Davies aims for ‘white Britain’

A FASCIST group co-founder has said he wants to see a pre-World War era Britain when it was “overwhelmingly white”. Alex Davies, who set up the now-proscribed outfit NS131, told Winchester Crown Court that his goal can be achieved by "compulsorily deporting" ethnic minorities from the UK “along the lines…

Merseyside police commissioner admits to ‘institutional racism’

EMILY SPURRELL, the elected police and crime commissioner for Merseyside in north-western England, has said the force is “institutionally racist” and called for admitting the generic bias to mend its ways.However, the Labour politician said she did not mean individual officers were racist but referred to the force as a…

India deal is ‘first step as UK eyes speedier growth’

I HAVE been present in India with every UK prime minister since 2005 – from Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron to Theresa May. Being in India last week with Boris Johnson and with Indian business leaders was a crucial visit. It was the first UK prime ministerial visit…

UK watchdog sets diversity targets for firms’ top leaders

WOMEN should make up at least 40 per cent of boards at British listed companies and one director should be a person of colour, the country's financial watchdog said as it set a range of diversity targets for firms' top leaders. At least one senior position such as company chair,…

Sushi maker ‘sent to hospital in taxi’ after he loses…

A SUSHI maker who lost his fingertips while on duty in a food factory accused his employer of being unsupportive to him.The tips of his two fingers came off when Viraj Kakadia was operating an “unsafe and dangerous” vegetable cutting machine at Taiko Foods in Acton, London in January this…

Lord Bilimoria joins consortium aiming to buy Chelsea FC

Influential businessman Lord Karan Bilimoria has been added to the Ricketts family’s bid to buy Chelsea Football Club. The Cobra Beer founder, who is a lifelong Chelsea fan, joins a consortium led by US multi-billionaires Ken Griffin and Dan Gilbert and Tom and Laura Ricketts - owners of the Chicago…

Sailesh Mehta: Judiciary will improve when ‘it reflects the diverse…

THE Law Society of England and Wales, which represents 140,000 solicitors in the country, recently stated that there is virtually no chance of achieving a judiciary that mirrors diverse Britain, because the very recruitment process that claims to deliver that goal has failed. The first black president of the Law…

Javid extends cancer call for evidence

UK health secretary has announced an extension on the cancer call for evidence to inform an ambitious 10-year cancer plan, a statement said.  As part of the extension given by Sajid Javid, more people can share their experiences and views on how the country can lead the world on cancer…

Exclusive: Asians must get tested for cancer

Getting screened and tested early for cancer is a personal battle, Sajid Javid revealed. Speaking to Eastern Eye, the health secretary, disclosed how his late father was diagnosed too late for the illness. “My father died from cancer, but he died from, firstly, lung cancer, then it spread everywhere,” Javid…

Asian leaders warn of growing pressure on healthcare and the…

AN INFLUENTIAL doctors’ leader has raised concerns about the pressure GPs are likely to face as the imminent cost of living crisis bites, while a leading business figure said higher taxes will stifle economic recovery as he also urged ministers to continue free lateral flow tests beyond March. Dr Chaand…

Lord Dholakia questions government’s levelling-up agenda

LORD DHOLAKIA has questioned the government's commitment to levelling up and equal opportunities for ethnic minorities in the Parliament.  According to him, the actions set out by the government's levelling-up plan do not go nearly far enough to create a more inclusive society. While responding to the minister for work…

COVID-19 health disparities within ethnic communities

The release of the government’s response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was warmly welcomed by doctors and medical professionals across the country like myself. I was delighted to see the government finally getting to grips on addressing health disparities within ethnic minority communities. The report titled “Inclusive…

Middlesex’s Shah urges to ‘evolve with society’ to achieve diversity…

THE co-chair of Middlesex's equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) committee has urged to 'evolve with society' to achieve diversity goals as communities will continue to change.  In an interview with The Cricketer, Ankit Shah said that the perception of cricket cracked on matters of diversity, inclusion and anti-racism 'can never…

Ethnic minority drivers pay more for motor insurance in Britain

DRIVERS living in areas of Britain where there are a higher proportion of people of colour pay at least £280 more for their annual motor insurance, consumer charity Citizens Advice said on Tuesday (22).The charity carried out research on insurance premiums in eight postcode areas.Everyone in those postcodes pays the…

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

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

NHS launches Commonwealth project to increase organ donation

THE NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a new project bringing together Commonwealth nations to share expertise in organ donation and transplantation to increase ethical organ donation and transplantation.  The 'Tribute to Life' project, launched on Commonwealth Day on Monday (14) by health secretary Sajid Javid, is the culmination of…

KPMG chair Mehta determined to fight unconscious bias

As the first female chair in the 150-year history of KPMG, Bina Mehta could be forgiven for resting on her laurels, thinking she had reached her Everest. But the 52-year-old is determined to continue her fight to breakdown ‘cultural biases’ and see more people like her climb their Everest. “I…

Millions of ethnic minority Americans miss out in US Census,…

US officials have admitted that millions of ethnic minority Americans missed out in the Census while overcounting white and Asian people, according to a report.  The error pointed out a steeper decline in the white population than initially announced, reported The Times. The review by the Census Bureau also found that…

Research shows stark disparities in cancer rates between ethnic groups

NEW research has revealed stark disparities in cancer rates between different ethnic groups in the UK, reported the Guardian. According to the study published in the British Journal of Cancer, black people are twice as likely to get prostate cancer while white people have double the chance of getting skin…

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)…

Report: Ethnic differences in Covid mortality change over time

THE excess covid-19 mortality among most ethnic minority groups in the UK has fallen over time compared with the White British group, according to a report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).  During the start of the pandemic, mortality was highest in the black African group but in subsequent waves,…

Fresh approach to tackling persistent vaccine hesitancy

THE spectacular successes of the vaccination and booster rollouts have gone a very long way in pushing omicron into retreat, allowing us to relax the ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions imposed before Christmas. Yet, there are five million or so people in this country – many from our ethnic minority communities…

Sri Lanka Tamil MPs protest government ‘land grab’

Tamil legislators attempted to storm the Sri Lankan president's office Thursday to protest against what they call a government land grab in areas traditionally dominated by the ethnic minority. Critics accuse the government -- representing the Sinhalese majority -- of breaking promises made at the end of a bloody 37-year…

Deeney calls for teaching of BAME history in school

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

Taskforce to address disparities in maternity care for minority groups

UK has formed a new maternity disparities taskforce to address disparities in maternity care for women from ethnic minority communities and those living in deprived areas, an official statement said.  Minister for patient safety and primary care Maria Caulfield has established the taskforce which will be co-chaired by chief midwifery officer…

Sajid Javid visits North West and West Midlands healthcare services

UK health secretary Sajid Javid has thanked NHS staff across the North West and West Midlands for their tireless efforts to provide care during the pandemic during his visit to the region.  Javid as part of his ‘Road to Recovery’ tour across England on Wednesday (16) visited Deeplish Community Centre,…

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…

Covid: £23m to help “community champions” tackle vaccine hesitancy

By Kemi Badenoch THE spectacular successes of the vaccination and booster rollouts have gone a very long way in pushing omicron into retreat, allowing us to relax the ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions imposed before Christmas. Yet, there are five million or so people in this country – many from our…

Racism is an issue with Met Police, professional standards chief…

A senior officer has admitted that racism is a problem in the Metropolitan Police, however, he denied that Met was a "racist organisation". Deputy assistant commissioner Bas Javid, brother of health secretary Sajid Javid, told BBC Two's Newsnight that some officers "have racist views and are racist". His comments came…

Ethnic minority students prefer undergraduate and postgraduate courses

MORE students from ethnic minority backgrounds were studying for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed. In total, 28 per cent of UK students were from ethnic minority backgrounds during last academic year, The Times said. Students from ethnic minority backgrounds on master’s programmes rose…

Report reveals racial health inequality in NHS

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

Sunder Katwala: Is the UK ready for Rishi Sunak?

As the volatile Westminster mood shifts daily, predictions are perilous. But the bookmakers odds capture the fragility of the prime minister’s position, giving Boris Johnson a one in three chance of remaining in office to the end of this year, and only a one in five chance of fighting a…

Ethnic minority doctors face racism in NHS, says survey

AT LEAST 75 per cent of ethnic minority doctors experienced racism more than once in the last two years, with 17.4 per cent saying they regularly faced racism at work, according to a survey by the British Medical Association (BMA). Doctors told the BBC there was an "us versus them"…

Worry over ‘endemic’ Covid levels in ethnic minorities

ETHNIC minorities with lower uptake of the booster are not seeing the same fall in Covid cases as the wider population in Manchester, public health bosses say. The recent rise in the city’s infection rate has mostly affected white British people who have accounted for more than 60 per cent…

Funding boost to tackle health inequalities among BAME communities

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

Minorities three times less likely to win a place in…

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

EXCLUSIVE: The outsider who became an insider

Aaqil Ahmed should not have succeeded. Working class. A northerner. Brown. A Muslim. Definitely an outsider. Definitely a maverick. When you look at his 30-year career, which he celebrates this year, you know that sheer hard work, determination and bloody-mindedness – the south Asian way – were just some of…

What’s in a name? Top choices for Asian babies

ONS data reveals popular picks among ethnic minority parents THE most popular Muslim, Hindu and Sikh baby names in England and Wales have been revealed. Among the top 100 boys names in 2020 were Adam, Ibrahim, Muhammad, Mohammed, Yusuf and Sonny, according to new data from the Office for National…

Students seek drastic boost in Covid support from universities

Survey shows ethnic minorities among those disproportionately affected by the pandemic A RADICAL shake-up is needed to provide more support to students suffering money problems during the Covid crisis, according to campaigners. British Asian student leaders say ethnic minority undergraduates and postgraduates have been among the groups disproportionately affected by…

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

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

Britain’s Black doll makers rush to meet demand for diversity

BRITISH entrepreneur Jodi Vernon never intended to become a toy maker. But after her daughter Clarke was born, she struggled to find Black dolls that represented her family in toy shops packed with white-skinned, blue-eyed figures. The last straw came when she went into a second-hand shop in London and…

Mastercard Strive UK: Supporting ethnic minority business owners to thrive

Mastercard’s new programme will help small and micro businesses with digital tools MICRO and small businesses are the engine that drives the UK economy – collectively, they create more than half of the nation’s businesses’ combined revenue and employ more than two in five people. As Britain recovers from the…

Top UK companies making their boards ‘more diverse’

TOP companies of the UK have made progress towards achieving a greater diversity on their boards, according to a global executive search and leadership consulting firm. A study by Spencer Stuart showed that the proportion of first-time board directors from minority ethnic backgrounds rose to 25 per cent in the…

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…

EXCLUSIVE: BBC radio unlikely to hit leadership targets

“Systemic and cultural barriers” stop progress of people of colour finds new report Senior BBC leaders in radio news have warned that the corporation will never hit the director-general’s 20 per cent target for people of colour to climb to the top their profession. Nina Robinson, an experienced former BBC…

EXCLUSIVE: Hamilton leads charge for a more diverse F1

A NEW drive by motorsport bosses to make the sport more racially diverse led by Lewis Hamilton has been backed by campaigners. The Motorsport UK governing body held a conference in November in Bicester, Oxfordshire, to discuss the lack of BAME people employed in the sport. Its Racial Diversity Sub…

Ethnic minority lawyers ‘less likely to become judges’

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

UK police chiefs to admit forces are institutionally racist

BRITAIN'S most senior police officials are expected to make a public admission that their forces are institutionally racist, the Guardian has reported. It said discussions began on Thursday (9) and their adviser said declaration are to be made if to be believed by BAME communities. According to the Guardian more…

NHS observatory to study impact of long Covid in minorities

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

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

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

New health inequalities report urges to do survival analysis among…

A new report on Covid-19 health inequalities in the UK has urged the government to measure the survival analysis among minorities over time and to oversee youth vaccine uptake. The report published last week was prepared by equalities minister Kemi Badenoch, with support from the Cabinet Office Race Disparity Unit…

Britain can learn from the US about ethnic talent in…

THE news of Parag Agrawal’s appointment as CEO of Twitter last week, adding to the growing roster of Indian leaders at the helm of major US companies, has swelled the pride of the global Indian diaspora. There are now eight Indian-origin CEOs heading Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Alphabet (Google’s…

How Mastercard’s Strive UK can support small business owners from…

New programme will help business owners with digital tools RESTRICTIONS around the pandemic last year hit many businesses and Nirali Buch Mankodi was no exception. This co-founder of Superfoodio, which uses natural and plant-based ingredients for their chocolate and peanut butter products, had to look for alternative ways to reach…

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

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

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

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

Akram Khan interview: It saddens me that Asians do not…

By Rithika Siddhartha ACCLAIMED dancer Akram Khan has revealed his sadness that Asians shun his work as he prepares to perform his solo, Xenos, about soldiers from the subcontinent who fought for the British Army in the First World War. Khan also said it was only as recently as 2018…

EXCLUSIVE: “Widen race health disparities investigation”

Praise for Sajid Javid’s inquiry, but more action needed say doctors Doctors’ leaders and hospital chiefs want ministers to widen their investigation into health disparities among south Asian and black communities. The leader of the British Medical Association (BMA) and a senior health authority boss have told Eastern Eye that…

Asian traders seek supply chain support as import costs rise

'Businesses in wholesale and retail sectors more vulnerable to crisis' ASIAN entrepreneurs hit hard by the UK’s supply chain crisis have appealed for more help from the government. Firms selling clothes and food items from south Asia have revealed the problems they have had with deliveries as well as with…

UK to probe ‘racial bias’ in medical devices

BRITAIN'S health secretary announced on Sunday (21) that he has launched an independent review to examine if "systematic bias" exists in the development of medical devices after Covid-19 brought the issue "to the fore". Sajid Javid said he would also work with his counterpart in the United States, Xavier Becerra,…

Rafiq implicates David Lloyd, Alex Hales and Gary Ballance in…

IN an emotional apperance before the parliamentary select committee on Tuesday, former player Azeem Rafiq gave more details to the racism scandal at Yorkshire. Explaining to the MPs, he broke down into tears as he explained in details of the racism that he experienced at the club. A report had…

Chief constable backs ‘positive discrimination’ to make force more diverse

THE chief constable of West Yorkshire Police has backed “positive discrimination” to allow the force to be more diverse. John Robins said favouring ethnic minority candidates during recruitment would help the force “get to where we want to be”, but warned he was legally unable to impose such a system.…

Ofcom study of Asian viewers ‘does not reveal true picture’

Diaspora watch ethnic content but UK channels 'do not cater to diverse audiences' entertainment ETHNIC MINORITY viewers in the UK have said watching Asian channels helps them keep in touch with their culture, according to a survey for Ofcom, but the regulator was criticised for not acknowledging that British TV…

English cricket racism row pains Yorkshire’s Asians

A hilly landscape dotted with serried terraced housing, mill chimneys, church spires and mosque minarets reflects the industrial past and multicultural present of Bradford. But a racism row at local county cricket team Yorkshire has shattered trust between the club and its diverse fanbase in the northern English city. Yorkshire…

EXCLUSIVE: Asian MP demands ECB investigates all racist counties

Cricket’s governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), must immediately investigate racism at all levels of the sport. That is the demand from Bradford West MP, Naz Shah. Speaking exclusively to Eastern Eye, Shah said that the game was institutionally, structurally and systemically racist, and the problem went…

Barristers from minority backgrounds face systemic obstacles in career, report…

A new report has revealed that Barristers from ethnic minority backgrounds in England and Wales face systemic obstacles to building and progressing a sustainable and rewarding career, The Guardian reported. The race working group of the Bar Council, the profession’s representative body, has found out that barristers from minority backgrounds,…

Diaspora delight as Modi meets Indians in Glasgow

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (1) interacted with members of the diaspora in Scotland who gathered in Glasgow to honour him and also unveil a bust of him. Modi, who arrived in the Scottish city last Sunday (31) night to cheers from a group of diaspora delegates, met…

Warrington Borough Council gets first female BAME officer

WARRINGTON South Constituency Labour Party has elected Shireen Saeed Mohammed as its first woman Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) officer. Mohammed, who has Kurdistan heritage, is a qualified solicitor who graduated from a university of law and politics in 2006. She can speak five languages and is currently volunteering…

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

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

Patel admits she felt ‘uncomfortable’ to lead Home Office because…

HOME secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday (27) admitted that she did not feel comfortable when she arrived to lead the Home Office as an ethnic minority woman, The Daily Mail said. Patel told peers she experienced 'push-back' from officials when she was appointed two years ago. "I'm an ethnic minority…

‘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…

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

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

Racial bias in doctors’ recruitment across London, BMJ survey shows

WHITE doctors are six times more likely than black applicants to be successful when applying for posts in London, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) said on Wednesday (13). Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed white doctors were also four times more likely to be get a job…

Asian hillwalking group featured in BBC documentary

AN Asian hillwalking group which encourages people from ethnic minority backgrounds to explore nature has been featured in a new BBC documentary. Boots & Beards is the focus of an episode in the Our Lives series, which aired earlier this month on BBC One. Founded by Glasgow-based cousins Naveed Baksh…

Experts warn of Asian mental health crisis

ALMOST two-thirds of south Asians said the Covid-19 pandemic had a negative impact on their mental wellbeing, with the data prompting community leaders to call for culturally sensitive mental health services. Adults from the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities reported struggling the most, with 60 per cent saying their mental wellbeing…

New vaccination centre opens at Jalaram community centre with Patels…

PATELS CHEMIST, part of the Morningside Pharmacy group, has started a high-volume NHS Covid-19 vaccination facility at the Jalaram Community Centre in Leicester. The new vaccination site opened on Tuesday (12), having an administering capacity of up to 3,000 vaccinations a week, will serve the local community in Leicester, especially…

Tory MP confuses two ethnic minority ministers at event

A Tory MP has been asked to step back from his work at a charity, after reports suggest that he mixed up two ethnic minority ministers at an event, saying "they all look the same to me". According to MailOnline, James Gray confused then vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi with health…

Leonardo’s diversity push helps ethnic minority employees achieve career goals

ETHNIC minority employees at Leonardo, an aerospace engineering company which employs more than 7,500 people across the UK, said the company's commitment to diversity has helped them grow and achieve their career goals. Hania Mohiuddin, who started as a systems engineer, is currently part of Leonardo's most transformational project, Tempest.…

‘Why are we still using the black, Asian minority ethnics…

by Khadija Mussa, ambassador for Diversity, Inclusion, and Acceptance (DIA) Student Collective at Royal Holloway, University of London How can higher education students be aware of the brutal inequalities and hypocrisy they may encounter in the corporate world? In a world of increased awareness around identity and multiple ethnicities, a…

Schools in Wales to put focus on BAME history in…

SCHOOLS in Wales must look to improve teachings of Welsh, and black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) histories and cultures, a report, commissioned by the Welsh government has said. Estyn's report, it said that teachers needed more professional support and found schools in multicultural regions were better at teaching histories…

EXCLUSIVE: “Please get vaccinated,” says Javid

Figures reveal four in 10 British-Pakistanis still unprotected The health secretary, Sajid Javid, has told Eastern Eye that he is “very concerned” that three in 10 south Asians remained unprotected against Covid. During a meeting of specially invited non-white press and broadcasters, Javid revealed that among British-Pakistanis the take up…

Our White Skoda Octavia: Play explores dreams and struggles of…

A WRITER has said his new play following an Asian family impacted by the 2007 financial crisis is an opportunity to show ethnic minority communities have the same aspirations as anyone else. Touring this autumn, Our White Skoda Octavia follows the lives of the Afridis, a British-Pakistani family living in…

BAME finance workers in UK face workplace discrimination, survey finds

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

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…

Tough to set framework for ethnicity pay gap reporting: Government

BUSINESS department under-secretary Paul Scully said the government was “committed to taking action on ethnicity pay reporting”. However, the Conservative MP said establishing a standard ethnicity pay reporting framework would be more challenging than in the case of gender pay gap disclosure. “But we want to ensure we are doing…

Self-harm rises among young people from ethnic minorities, says study

SELF-HARM may be increasing more quickly among young people from ethnic minorities, a study has suggested. According to data on hospital emergency department presentations, there was a higher average annual increase among south Asian and black young people and those from other non-white ethnic groups compared to white young people.…

Jagmeet Singh may turn kingmaker in Canada

CANADIANS returned Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau to power in hotly contested elections against a rookie conservative leader, but he failed to gain an absolute majority, according to preliminary results early on Tuesday (21). Trudeau called the snap polls last month, hoping to parlay a smooth Covid-19 vaccine rollout -…

Former employee accuses equality watchdog of ‘racial gaslighting’

BRITAIN'S equality watchdog has failed to support the human rights of ethnic minorities and have colluded in denial of structural and institutional racism, one of its former employee has accused. According to reports, in an email to colleagues before leaving the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the employee accused…

Pay gap widens as calls for mandatory data disclosure grow

A PROFESSIONAL body has reported a rise in the ethnicity pay gap, even as calls are growing for making wage disparity data mandatory for employers. The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) said the mean pay gap between white British workers and ethnic minority groups went up to 24.9 per cent…

Priya Gopaldas: How to break barriers and smash stereotypes

TRAINEE DOCTOR DISCUSSES HER LOVE ISLAND JOURNEY, DATING AND FUTURE PLANS THE recently concluded series of Love Island will be remembered by many for the whirlwind entrance of Priya Gopaldas. The trainee doctor tore up the rulebooks usually associated with the massively popular reality TV show and became one of…

Only 13 major UK companies disclose racial pay disparity

MOST of the top companies in the UK appear reluctant to come out with ethnicity pay reporting, going by the sluggishness in their disclosures. Just 13 of the 100 companies featured in the benchmark FTSE100 index have revealed racial pay disparities, The Guardian reported ahead of Monday’s (20) parliamentary debate…

‘Organisations must do more to attract ethnic leaders’

BUSINESSES will lose out in a “war of talent” unless they invest in Asian and black employees, senior corporate executives have been warned. The inaugural GG2 Women of Colour (WoC) conference cautioned that companies would be left behind if they did not hire enough ethnic talent. Panellist Sanjay Bhandari, chairman…

One in three BAME staff in NHS mental health services…

A NEW survey has revealed that one in three (32.7 per cent) black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) workers in NHS mental health trusts have experienced abuse, reported The Guardian. For BAME workers across the NHS, the rate is more than one in four (28.9 per cent. According to an…

Fawcett report reveals pay gap for BAME women

WOMEN from ethnic minorities earn less hour than white British men and a third of them report being “unfairly passed over for or denied” a promotion at work, according to a new report on Tuesday (7). Among other findings that reveal the extent of bias in the labour market, a…

Is 9/11 anti-Muslim bias worse?

THE September 11 terrorist attack in the United States was a “landmark moment that dramatically shifted how the British public saw Muslims”, race activists said ahead of the 20th anniversary of the tragedy on Saturday (11). Nearly 3,000 people died in coordinated attacks in the US on September 11, 2001,…

EXCLUSIVE: A “lifetime of opportunity missed”

As Asian and Black police attack recruitment of new officers, we reveal that not one single force represents diverse communities The president of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) has criticised the way police forces across England and Wales have recruited new officers as a “once in a lifetime opportunity…

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge step up efforts to improve…

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation has stated that it will give more focus on improving diversity on its board. The Foundation’s annual report said formal targets for diversity had not previously been set but would be monitored and reported on, according to a report in The Telegraph.…

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

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

‘Digital divide hits Asian families’

Broadband suppliers urged to provide flexible tariffs during pandemic ASIAN families are more likely to struggle to pay their broadband bill compared to other groups, a report found. It has led to calls for better flexible tariffs to support hard-pressed families during the Covid pandemic and tackle the “digital divide”.…

‘Ignorance isn’t an excuse’, NHS blog post on racism tells…

A blog post on the NHS Leadership Academy website has provided anti-racism tips, and advised white staff to read about white privilege, The Telegraph reported. The post suggested reading an article on white privilege by the US activist Peggy McIntosh, followed by a discussion of “whiteness” in author Robin DiAngelo’s…

Driffield mural slammed for failing to depict BAME people

A new mural put up in Driffield depicting local notables was not intended to attract “negative publicity” after some slammed it for failing to depict BAME people. Driffield Town Council stated the mural, recently put up in Middle Road North, featured well-known local business owners as a tribute to those…

Exclusive: Black and Asian police officers denounce new recruitment campaign…

THE president of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) has criticised the way forces across England and Wales have recruited new officers as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity missed”. Speaking exclusively to Eastern Eye, Inspector Andy George said the NBPA was “very concerned” that not one single police force was representative of…

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

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

Asian and black patients ‘less likely to have successful kidney…

BLACK and Asian people are less likely to have a successful kidney transplant when compared to their white peers, a study has found. The study was carried out by the doctors at St James's University Hospital in Leeds where 20,000 kidney transplants were analysed. The ethnicity of both the donor…

Medics hailed for using social media to offer health advice

TOP doctors and pharmacists have been praised for using quirky TikTok videos in order to pass on vital health advice to Asian communities. The medics have gained large followings on the video-sharing app for posting musical footage about issues including the importance of the Covid-19 vaccine, sleep tips and diet…

#PositiveTwitterDay – a day to think before you tweet

August 27 is #PositiveTwitterDay - an annual, civic initiative to promote greater civility on social media. Moreover, it comes at an opportune moment, against the recent backdrop of racist abuses on Twitter and other platforms, directed most prominently at England’s black footballers. Positive Twitter Day asks Twitter users to leave…

How to disagree on Positive Twitter Day

THE potential of social media to spread toxicity has been back in the headlines this year, so how can we get the social media culture that we want? On Friday (27), Positive Twitter Day offers one small opportunity for all of us on social platforms to do something about that…

Record participation from ethnic minority students for CyberFirst summer courses

PUPILS from ethnic minority backgrounds have secured nearly half (47 per cent) of places in the CyberFirst summer courses led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a statement said. The intake of girls was 43 per cent this year. A total of 1,866 teenagers aged 14-17 took part in the…

Hetain Patel: Artist’s film trilogy seeks to ‘occupy mainstream space’

A TRILOGY of films depicting ethnic minority protagonists in Hollywood blockbuster movies that “they are typically excluded from” is part of a new exhibition in Southampton. Hetain Patel’s new art show Trinity is based on his fascination with the cultural influence that Hollywood has on people’s lives. Having premiered at…

Council joins and supports Root Out Racism movement

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

Revealed: The inside story behind the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

VAXXERS: The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus is a truly wonderful book about the design and development of the life-saving vaccine by two women who write their respective chapters as “Sarah” and “Cath”. This is a must-read book for the British Asian…

Editor’s Comment: Discussing diabetes

NEW research has warned of a worrying increase in the number of young people who have type 2 diabetes in the UK. Analysis by NHS Digital showed an estimated some 1,560 people aged 18 or under have the condition. The disease is known to be more severe in young people.…

‘Ethnic minority kidney transplant patients waiting for organs’

THERE is an urgent shortage of organs for kidney transplants among patients from Black, Asian, mixed-race and minority ethnic communities, says NHS Blood and Transplant today (19) in a new report, which also states that organ donation still remains a challenge in BAME communities. The body has announced a further…

‘Too few south Asian faces in TV adverts’

THERE are not enough south Asians starring in TV adverts, according to leading actors. They believe progress has been made in making commercials more diverse, but said it is too slow. Some broadcasters feel there are more Asian-origin people cast in mixed-race relationships in adverts, but racial stereotypes remain common. It comes…

EXCLUSIVE: Investigate GMC rulings against Asian doctors

“Colonial attitudes” leading to “disciplinary dice loaded against minority medics” The chair of the British Medical Association is demanding an independent investigation into the way south Asian and black doctors are being disciplined. Freedom of information figures obtained by Eastern Eye reveal that over the past 10 years, the General…

‘Young Asians must minimise risk factors related to diabetes’

YOUNG people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to be of Asian origin, new data revealed last Thursday (12). According to NHS Digital analysis, 122,780 children and young adults under the age of 40 are living with the disease in the UK. The condition affects 1,560 people aged 18…

Trade body calls for action over higher rate of unemployment…

Trade Union Congress today (17) has called on ministers to take decisive actions over the “discrimination that holds ethnic workers back” after it emerged from the latest data released by Office for National Statistics (ONS) that the unemployment rate for ethnic minority workers has risen three times the rate for…

West Yorkshire to publish ethnicity pay report to tackle disparity,…

WEST YORKSHIRE Combined Authority will publish an ethnicity pay report for the first time, the Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin announced on Friday (13) after recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlighted how most of the minority ethnic groups in Britain continue to earn less than…

Blackburn teacher creates most henna art world record

A teacher has made a new Guinness World Record for completing the most ever henna tattoo armbands in just an hour.   Samina Hussain, from Blackburn in Lancashire, finished 600 armband-style inkings in just 52 minutes. The previous record was held by another London henna artist for making 511 inkings…

‘I want people to see mosques as places of love…

Why Ed Husain hopes his new book will help readers understand muslims better AN AUTHOR who visited mosques across Britain for his new book has revealed his concerns for the future of Islam in this country and cautioned against the drawbacks of identity based solely on faith. Ed Husain also…

London state school students secure more Oxbridge seats than Eton

AN east London state school on Tuesday (10) outperformed Eton in securing Oxbridge offer as 55 of its pupils, seven more than Eton's 48, scored A-level grades that are needed to study at UK’s top two universities, stated media reports.   Brampton Manor Academy is a state school in the…

Employee who flagged institutional racism at HSBC resigns

AN employee who wrote a report alleging institutional racism inside HSBC has resigned. He cited frustration at the firm's response to some of his criticism and a lack of support from white colleagues, two internal emails have revealed. Ian Clarke, who was a salesman in the US Global Liquidity and…

UK’s health service to measure race discrimination within primary care

ENGLAND's National Health Service (NHS) is set to measure race equality within the GP workforce, claimed a media report on Wednesday (4), after its recent report’s findings that pointed out rampant racism and bias against ethnic minority medics exist in the system at various levels from career progression and pay…

Why the UK police force fails to improve diversity

THERE is a popular saying that madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result to materialise. The police in Britain have failed to reflect the diversity of the community they serve and have failed on Sir Robert Peel’s founding description of policing, which was,…

‘Ethnic minority saw more Covid deaths, 14 postcodes saw zero…

SOME ethnic minority groups in England saw higher Covid death rates than the rest of the population, a recent report by Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Tuesday (3), which also highlighted that just 13 areas in England and one in Wales out of 7,201 total neighbourhoods have seen…

Dr Kailash Chand: A selfless life of service

IT WAS with a heavy heart that Eastern Eye reported the death last Monday (26) of Dr Kailash Chand, a friend and supporter of this newspaper for many years. This week, some of those who knew Dr Chand have paid tribute to him in a special memorial feature. Dr Chaand…

Skewed sex ratio may lead to 5 million girls missing…

COUNTRIES with skewed sex ratios such as India could mean the world is set to “lose” 4.7 million girls by 2030, experts have warned. The study, published in the BMJ Global Health journal, suggested the figure could reach 22 million by 2100. Researchers predicted the sex ratio at birth (SRB)…

UK pension funds warn asset managers to make workforce more…

A GROUP of UK pension funds and investment consultants, that collectively oversee more than £ one trillion in assets, have warned asset managers to tackle the lack of diversity in their workforce or risk losing clients, reports said on Sunday (1). The group, under a new charter, is demanding its…

Short docu-series, also featuring Amir Khan, showcases ethnic minority boxers…

A research project, led by De Montfort University (DMU) academics analysing the involvement of immigrants and minority groups in British boxing, has been turned into a mini documentary series, one of which features boxer Amir Khan.   David Dee, associate professor in modern history, is undertaking a research focusing on…

Oximeters less accurate for people from Asian and minority ethnic…

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

Johnson in trouble over introducing Covid vaccine passport ‘by stealth’

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has been accused of bringing in Covid vaccine passport “by stealth”, due to which he might be facing a hard time ahead, including a mini-rebellion from more than 50 Tory MPs, claimed media reports on Friday (30), adding that Liberal Democrats have called for scrapping…

MPs condemn inaction over ‘institutional racism’ in UK police

"DEEP-ROOTED” inequalities still persist in UK police and very little has been done to stamp out the racial injustice, claimed a recent report by an all-party committee of MPs, which has also heavily criticised the force and the government for making negligible progress in the past 22 years since the…

Santander to link bankers’ bonus to team diversity

IN A BID to improve diversity in its employee pool, Santander Group will introduce a plan next year linking bankers’ bonus to diversity targets, the Telegraph reported. The move is seen as the finance industry’s attempt to shake off its image of white male dominance. Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Santander’s vice chairman,…

New report finds racial disparity in take up of apprenticeships

ETHNIC minority people are far less likely than white people to have done an apprenticeship, a new report has found. But it added the lower participation in apprenticeships is not due to lack of interest. In the BTEG 2021 Survey of Ethnic Minority Young People, 75 per cent considered that…

UK financial watchdog set to improve diversity in boardrooms

BRITAIN's financial watchdog has proposed changes in the rules for companies listed on the U.K. stock market to include a “comply or explain” requirement for meeting diversity targets, media reports said, demanding at least one director from an ethnic minority background by 2021.        Putting forward its proposal on…

Acknowledge your ‘unearned white privilege’, NHS to medics

DOCTORS and nurses in England’s National Health Service (NHS) are being trained on aspects of structural racism and white privilege, a recent media report claimed.   Medics in Northern Care Alliance, which covers two trusts and nearly 20,000 staff, have recently been offered guidance on “white privilege, structural racism and…

STEM sector’s lack of diversity ‘will hold Britain back

LAST week, I was delighted to hear about Dr Hayaatun Sillem, chief executive officer of the Royal Academy of Engineering, receiving her CBE from the Prince of  Wales for services to international engineering. This recognition is a moment to celebrate in our community and across the science, technology, engineering, and…

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…

‘People from ethnic minority doubles in top public roles in…

REPRESENTATION of minority ethnic communities in prominent public roles in Britain has more than doubled in the past four years, a report released on Monday (26) said, adding that the biggest increase in numbers is recorded in Asian men.   As per data collated by Operation Black Vote (OBV), there…

New £48m-backed strategy to smoothen adoption process, benefit ethnic minorities

FAMILIES across England looking to adopt will receive better support as the government on Monday (26) launched a national strategy to reduce the waiting time as well as encourage the adoption of children in need, older children and those from ethnic minority groups.   Under the new plans, no one…

HIV testing opt-out scheme should be implemented, report recommends

CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed a report recommending an opt-out scheme for HIV testing, in the hopes it will reach under-represented groups in the UK. Published on Wednesday (21), the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on HIV/AIDs said opt-out testing should be adopted across healthcare settings, including when patients register…

Bank of England governor Bailey pledges to ‘improve diversity’

THE Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey promised to put more efforts to tackle systemic racial inequality after a review discovered the 327-year-old institution fell short of promoting diversity. In an article written for the Guardian after the release of a report by the Bank’s governing court, Bailey agreed that…

‘Diversity all time high in UK’s health services, so is…

DIVERSITY in UK’s National Health Services (NHS) is at an all-time high with the presence of a record-breaking number of ethnic minority staff, says a recent report, which adds that discrimination and racism continue to prevail in the country’s health services. According to Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard (MWRES) report…

‘Film about NHS racism should be a wake-up call’

THE birth of the National Health Service (NHS) took place in Trafford, Greater Manchester, on July 5, 1948. The father of the NHS, Aneurin Bevan, described it as “a great and novel undertaking”, and the stuff of history. Staff from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds have been essential to…

Sunflower Sisters: Author highlights colourism in her debut children’s book

AN ASIAN author has revealed how her personal experiences of colourism influenced her debut children’s book. Monika Singh Gangotra’s Sunflower Sisters focuses upon the friendship of two young girls, Amrita and Kiki. The plot showcases the joy of the friends experiencing each other’s south Asian and Nigerian communities and traditions…

Dismay as Church of England finds ‘racial justice expensive’

THE Church of England (C of E) has dismissed a plan to appoint 42 ‘racial justice officers’ (RJOs) after archbishops said they could not afford to create the roles, it was reported last weekend. The proposal for RJOs was a key recommendation in a report, From Lament to Action, which…

‘Racism is systemic in England, UK government breaching UN’s anti-racism…

ENGLAND is "systemically racist" and the UK government is in breach of a United Nations (UN) treaty designed to eradicate racial discrimination, a recent report claimed on Wednesday (14), adding that minority ethnic groups in the country face sustained disparities across health, the criminal justice system, education, employment, immigration and…

Sunder Katwala: This is our England

Southgate’s inclusive England must be defended from hatred This is our England. Disappointed in defeat. Proud to have seen our national team contest a major tournament final. More confident this month about the appeal of an inclusive England – open to everybody who calls England home – than it has…

Criticism over no photo of BAME person in Redcar and…

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

Campaigners ‘disappointed’ as Church of England drops plan for racial…

THE Church of England has dismissed the plan to appoint 42 'racial justice officers' after archbishops said they could not afford to create the roles, reported The Times. The report added that campaigners, who wanted to tackle racism within the church, have expressed 'shock and disappointment' over the decision. A…

Riding academy to give aspiring ethnic minority jockeys a leg…

Successful female muslim rider backs plan to improve diversity in horse racing HORSE RACING is jockeying to get more ethnic minorities into the sport with the launch of a new academy. Khadijah Mellah, the first British Muslim woman to win a race, has backed the scheme to encourage young people…

Editor’s comment: Workplace equality

FROM the onset of the coronavirus crisis in March last year, it has been clear that ethnic minorities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Experts have argued that this is partly due to BAME people being more likely to work in frontline jobs – such as in healthcare, hospitality,…

Asians urged to join a union for ‘fair and equal…

TRADES Union Congress (TUC) leader Frances O’Grady has called for more Asian, black and minority ethnic workers to join the organisation as she said being part of a “union means you are much more likely to get fair and equal pay”. In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with Eastern Eye,…

Three Lions’ dream run at Euro 2020 starts #EnglandTogether campaign

AHEAD of England's Euro 2020 semifinal clash against Denmark on Wednesday (7), a new campaign, #EnglandTogether, is calling on fans to show their support for the team and also back the idea for an inclusive England that is shared by people of all backgrounds. Supporters from faith, diversity and cohesion…

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…

Dearing says young black swimmers should not be put off…

ALICE DEARING has urged young black swimmers not to get discouraged from taking part in competitions following a decision to ban specialist swim caps designed to protect natural black hair from being worn at the Olympics. Dearing, 24, confirmed her place in Team GB last week and will participate in…

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

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

‘Just five per cent of school governors from ethnic minority…

ONLY FIVE per cent of state school governors in England are from ethnic minority backgrounds, says a new report, adding that the figure has remained unchanged for the last 20 years.   Statistics from the National Governance Association (NGA) showed that only three per cent of school governors are Asian.…

Bias ‘not the only reason’ for workplace inequality, says expert

RACIAL disparities in British society are real, but discrimination is often not the reason for these inequalities, a government race adviser has said. Dr Tony Sewell, head of the government’s commission on race and ethnic disparities, said there were “deeper factors” at play instead, such as a person’s educational background…

Teaching children the history of Britain’s ethnic groups ‘will foster…

A DIVERSE curriculum in British schools could help “foster a sense of belonging” in ethnic minority communities, a government advisor said during a virtual event on Monday (28). Organised by integration thinktank British Future, the Teaching Modern Britain event explored the importance of a more inclusive curriculum in schools and…

‘Second-generation ethnic minorities face lower level of employment than whites…

SECOND-GENERATION ethnic minorities are less likely to be employed than their white counterparts in Britain, says a new research published on Tuesday (29), which also mentions that some ethnic groups- women of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin- are less likely to reach managerial positions as compared to the white majority.    …

‘Ethnic minority children more likely to be impacted by Covid-19’

ETHNIC minority children are more likely to test positive for Covid-19 and end up in hospital, says a recent UK study, suggesting a link between race and outcome of Covid-19 among children.    Published in JAMA Pediatrics, the study, which is claimed to be the largest observational study yet on…

Editor’s Comment: Racist treatment

THE pandemic has revealed the full extent of the contribution of healthcare workers in the UK. However, an Eastern Eye report this week has uncovered horrific incidents of racial discrimination towards BAME medical staff. Several NHS staff admitted they had faced recent incidents of racist behaviour from patients or parents,…

Row over One Britain song deepens as Whitehall blasts Twitter…

THE ROW over a "patriotic One Britain" song has deepened with a Whitehall source calling Twitter trolls “despicable” for criticising retired police officer Kash Singh for “trying to do good”, a media report said. Singh is behind the One Britain, One Nation (OBON) campaign supported by the Department of Education,…

‘Give patients data choice’

Informed consent is vital when collecting medical records, says expert ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2021, NHS Digital will collect General Practice data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) in England. According to the NHS Digital website, the data will be used to “support a wide variety of research and analysis to help…

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…

Buckingham Palace pledges to ‘do more’ as data shows low…

BUCKINGHAM PALACE has admitted that it “must do more” as it came to light for the first time on Thursday (24) that Britain's royal family employs a very low proportion of ethnic minority staff, amounting to just 8.5 per cent.   "It is not that we have not been progressing…

‘Over-45 BAME women employed in public sector are most disadvantaged’

WOMEN from ethnic minority communities, who are over-45 and employed in the public sector, are England's most disadvantaged workers, says a recent report which also states that racism is experienced more in public sector than private sector, despite the former having more diversity campaigns.   Titled “The Equity Effect”, the…

EXCLUSIVE: White patients refuse care from Asian doctors

Senior managers ‘side with families’ despite orders to deny treatment for racist behaviour SOUTH ASIAN doctors have told Eastern Eye that they are being stopped from treating some white patients. Some have taken to social media to complain about white parents and white patients who refuse to be treated by them.…

Barnardo’s teams up with UK rappers to highlight Covid-19 mental…

ON the occasion of World Music Day, Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity, has teamed up with several leading UK rappers and poets to raise awareness of its Boloh helpline - a Covid-19 helpline service specifically for black, Asian and ethnic minority young people and their families. The artists will…

Students suffering racial trauma can defer exams, says Goldsmiths

A university has said that black and ethnic minority students will be allowed to defer essay deadlines and exams if they suffer from racial trauma. The Telegraph reported that from the next academic year - Goldsmiths, University of London have said it will introduce this new category for extenuating circumstances.…

‘Racial bias infecting General Medical Council’

RACIAL discrimination is “infecting” the General Medical Council (GMC), a tribunal said on Friday (18), as it pointed out the disproportionate number of complaints about ethnic minority doctors as compared with their white colleagues. The tribunal’s comments came as it backed complaints made against the GMC by Omar Karim, 62,…

Nikesh Shukla: The Empire strikes back

By Amit Roy IT WAS brave of the author Nikesh Shukla to turn down the offer of an MBE, braver still to let everyone know he had refused it because it stands for ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’. His action might had more of an impact, though,…

‘Institutional abuse’ of BAME communities lead to mistrust of authorities…

By Aled Thomas PEOPLE from minority ethnic communities in Swindon are more likely to contract Covid-19 but less likely to have been vaccinated according to a draft report to be presented to councillor next week. After the setting up of a task group of both councillors and lay members to…

Myanmar’s anti-junta movement shows viral support for Rohingya in Bangladesh

THE activists and civilians in Myanmar flooded social media on Sunday (13) to show their support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Anti-junta protesters posted pictures of themselves wearing black on Sunday in a show of solidarity with the Rohingya, a minority group that is among the most persecuted in the country.…

‘Many stop-and-search scrutiny panels have few or no BAME members’

Few or no members from minority ethnic backgrounds feature in some of the UK’s police panels set up to scrutinise stop-and-search incidents, a recent media report claimed.  In Staffordshire only one out of 86 people who sit on the independent police scrutiny panels across the force’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams is…

REVEALED: “WHISTLE BLOWER” JUDGE JOINS JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Following an Eastern Eye campaign, we reveal latest on “secret” whistleblowing plan Exclusive A JUDGE who won a seven-year legal battle to allow her reveal experience of bullying and racism in the judiciary has been “invited” to join a committee drawing up a whistle blowing policy. This week (9), Eastern…

England football team unites the nation more than other English…

AS a symbol of England, the multi-ethnic football team of Marcus Rashford and Gareth Southgate unites people of all ethnic backgrounds, says a new research published on Thursday (10) ahead of the European championship. However, it says other symbols like the England flag or a St George’s Day party still…

UK women’s health: BAME women urged to respond as deadline…

THE UK government has reached out to women to know their experiences of the health and care system via a call for evidence which aims at bettering healthcare for women across England. The announcement was made to coincide with the International Women’s Day (March 8) this year to commemorate the…

REVEALED: Judiciary’s “secret plan” to scare judges

Judges accuse lord chief justice of trying to silence them Exclusive A judge who complained about bullying and racism has told Eastern Eye she will quit if the judiciary does not properly consult over a new whistle blowing policy. District Judge Claire Gilham won a seven-year legal battle against the…

Romesh Ranganathan dedicates BAFTA award to mom

  ASIAN comedian Romesh Ranganathan revealed he will be giving his newly-acquired BAFTA trophy to his mother and quipped, “not that she’s earned it.” After winning the best entertainment performance at BAFTA awards on Sunday (6) for his comedy show “The Ranganation,” the 43-year-old joked he would give the award…

‘Vaccine confidence more than tripled in minority ethnic after NHS…

VACCINE uptake has more than tripled among Black British and Asian ethnic communities (BAME) between February and April this year, a survey says, adding that this trend is expected to continue for younger age groups. More people from ethnic and religious groups now intend to say yes to protection from…

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

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

‘Buckingham Palace banned ethnic minorities from jobs until late 1960s’

“COLOURED immigrants or foreigners” were not allowed to work as anything other than domestic servants at Buckingham Palace until the late 1960s, the National Archives documents have revealed. According to the documents, the Queen’s chief financial manager had informed civil servants in 1968 that “it was not, in fact, the…

REVEALED: Judges “secret” whistle blowing policy

Justices told anonymous bullying and racism complaints will not be investigated Exclusive Ethnic minority judges have told Eastern Eye they have no hope of securing justice for themselves against bullying and racism in the UK judiciary. Their comments come after the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, and Sir…

Hancock gives in over discriminatory ‘Healthy Start’ scheme for poor…

AN ethnic minority family has won a legal battle concerning the 'Healthy Start' scheme that provides vitamins, milk and vegetables to poorest children in England and Wales. Health secretary Matt Hancock had to give in after the lawyers for the family challenged the policy as discriminatory, when they were denied…

Patel ‘rejects Met chief’s positive discrimination plan to hire more…

HOME SECRETARY Priti Patel has firmly rejected Metropolitan Police chief Dame Cressida Dick's call for "positive discrimination" to be introduced during the recruitment process to hire more people from ethnic minorities. The Met chief proposed applying a form of positive discrimination to increase BAME recruits saying police forces must reflect…

Tories react to Singh review on party’s ‘Muslim problem’

THE Conservative government needs to prioritise engagement with ethnic minority communities, a former MP has said, following a report which found anti-Muslim sentiment “remains a problem” in the Tory party. An independent inquiry, led by Professor Swaran Singh, found a “widespread perception” that the Tories have a “Muslim problem”. The…

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…

Eviction ban lift: ‘Low-income BAME renters more likely to be…

TENANTS from black and ethnic minority communities on low incomes live in fear of being evicted from their homes in the next three months, a survey has found, as Britain’s coronavirus eviction ban comes to an end on Monday (31). BAME households with lower incomes, such as those in the…

Ethnic minority doctors ‘feel unwelcome’ in Wales, says senior doctor

  DOCTORS from BAME background in Wales' NHS "feel unwelcome," a senior doctor has claimed, saying that more voices from ethnic minorities in the profession need to be heard by the Welsh government. Amol Pandit, the co-chair of the British Medical Association's (BMA) Welsh BAME forum and a senior urologist,…

Regulators urge healthcare leaders to develop ‘inclusive policies and processes’…

THE NHS Race and Health Observatory, supported by three regulators, on Friday (28) urged healthcare leaders to ensure that policies and processes are fair, inclusive and in line with the 2010 Equality Act. The Observatory along with Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Medical Council, and the Care Quality Commission have…

Asians more likely to be affected by housing crisis than…

by LAUREN CODLING  ASIANS are 50 per cent more likely to be affected by the housing emergency than white people, new research on Wednesday (26) revealed. Approximately 1.8 million Asian adults (48 per cent) do not have a safe or secure home, compared with 33 per of white adults in the UK, according to housing…

High cost of Diana scoop

  By Amit Roy IF THERE is one lesson that British Asian journalists can learn from the Martin Bashir affair, it is that non-white reporters – like ethnic minority doctors – will be held to the most ex­acting standards. It was madness, possibly even a crimi­nal offence, on Bashir’s part…

UK equalities chief says ‘immigrant optimism’ and ‘religious upbringing’ can…

AN equalities chief in UK has said that “immigrant optimism” can help ethnic minority pupils to outperform their white peers. Dr Tony Sewell, chair of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, added that having a religious upbringing can also help children develop a sense of discipline, reported The Telegraph.…

Complimenting foreign student’s English is a microaggression: UK universities’ new…

UK universities have issued a guideline for lecturers for complimenting foreign students’ English. Compliment a foreign student’s English should be avoided by the lecturers as it is a potentially racist “microaggression”, said leading universities. Imperial College London, has issued its staff with a list of phrases to avoid on campus.…

‘Covid passport system may deny jobs and services to minorities’

  By Nadeem Badshah  COVID certificates could trigger discrimination against ethnic minorities in the jobs market and access to services, academics and campaigners have warned. They have raised concerns about the government considering plans to have documents to prove someone’s vaccine, test or antibody status to enter a sports venue,…

‘Polls showed importance of geography and identity in politics’

  By Sunder Katwala ‘CARRY on governing’ seemed to be the key message of the ‘Super Thursday’ elections across the UK last week. That this did not seem a ‘time for a change’ was the common thread linking the renewed mandate to govern of Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP)…

UK will introduce voter ID law this year

UK government will introduce a new law this year to crack down on voter fraud and introduce rules that would require voters to prove their identities. However, critics say this move would deter people from casting ballots. Currently, voters need to only give their name and address to be able…

Ethnic minorities elected to Scottish Parliament

The 2021 Scottish Parliament election has witnessed the victory of some ethnic minorities, elected as the Member of Scottish Parliament. Read about them below: FOYSOL CHOUDHURY: First Bangladeshi origin to mark presence in Scottish Parliament Scottish Labour’s Foysol Choudhury becomes the first ethnic minority MSP in the Lothians. He is a…

Street unveils plan to revive West Midlands’ economy

MAYOR, WHO IS SEEKING RE-ELECTION, SAYS 100,000 JOBS WILL BE CREATED FOCUS ON HOSPITALITY AND LAUNCH OF ‘CURRY COLLEGE’ TO TRAIN CHEFS WEST MIDLANDS mayor Andy Street revealed the loss of his mother to Covid-19 has given him a personal understanding of the pandemic’s devastating impact on society. In an…

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…

Royal Academy displays the art of being inclusive

  By Amit Roy THE Royal Academy (RA), one of Britain’s premier arts institutions, is ushering in diversity in a major way by choosing an ethnic minority “coordinator” for its famed Summer Exhibition. It has taken the RA 252 years to get there, but Yinka Shonibare, a distinguished Brit­ish artist…

Ethnic minority survivors of child sexual abuse lack trust in…

A NEW report published on Thursday (29) revealed that victims and survivors of child sexual abuse from ethnic minority communities do not trust the police or social care. The report titled 'Engagement with support services from ethnic minority communities' by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse further stated that…

Fear over racial and physical abuse keep ethnically diverse fans…

A NEW survey has revealed that people from ethnic minority backgrounds are hesitant to attend live sporting events because of fear over racial and physical abuse. As many as 41 per cent of ethnically diverse fans, who responded to the survey, shared this opinion and 42 per cent of respondents…

Oxford fellowship to support BAME entrepreneurs to reach leadership positions

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

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.…

Church of England must act “urgently” on racial inequality, report…

A TASKFORCE commissioned by the archbishops of Canterbury and York has cautioned the Church of England that failing to implement change to achieve greater racial justice and equality could be the “last straw” for many clergy and ethnic minority worshippers. Published on Thursday (22), the From Lament to Action report…

Pandemic has led to surge in stress levels for doctors’

  By Nadeem Badshah BRITISH Asian doctors have re­vealed the impact the Covid cri­sis has had on their stress levels and how the support of their family has helped them cope. They have disclosed how their workload and patient numbers have increased since the pan­demic began and how they are…

Vaccine uptake among all ethnic minorities tripled in the UK,…

VACCINE uptake from all ethnic minority backgrounds has tripled in the UK, outpacing the national average across all ethnicities, a top official has said. "Two months ago, on behalf of the NHS, I set out our action plan to boost uptake across people from ethnic minority backgrounds. And I’m pleased…

Church of England bans non-disclosure agreements following allegations that it…

THE Church of England on Tuesday (20) banned non-disclosure agreements after the Archbishop of Canterbury said that they must no longer be used to silence abuse victims. Justin Welby told Times Radio that he was 'horrified' to learn of racist abuse aimed at priests and staff within the church, as exposed in…

Trade union leaders urge Johnson to reject ‘insulting’ UK race…

TRADE UNION leaders representing five million workers in the UK have urged  the government to reject the 'insulting' report published by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. In a letter to the prime minister, 33 trade union general secretaries urged to 'pick a different path', noting that 'there is…

Lloyds Bank foundation launches racial equity funding for charities supporting…

THE racial equity funding by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales for small and local charities that are led by and support black, Asian, and ethnic minority (BAME) communities will open on 20 April. Charities can apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside development support under the funding…

Taking Covid jabs ‘does not break Ramadan fast’

by LAUREN CODLING MUSLIMS have been encouraged to attend vaccination appointments during Ramadan as community leaders raised concerns that some may delay their jabs due to fears it may break their fast. Throughout Ramadan, which began on Tuesday (13), Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. However, some have…

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…

Minorities to have a say on future Church of England…

IN order to improve diversity and to have a say on future of Church of England bishops should be approved from black and minority groups, it has been recommended. The reforms will give a black or ethnic minority churchgoer a veto over appointments to senior posts. The move to bring…

Racial discrimination could drive vaccine hesitancy, says study

RACIAL discrimination is twice as high in public sevices among ethnic minorities and could also be driving vaccine hesitancy in the group, a report has found. The findings showed disparities in the impact of Covid-19 and the research done by Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) could help…

NHS Observatory urges Muslim community to use new rapid testing…

THE NHS Race and Health Observatory has urged the Muslim community to use new rapid testing kits during Ramadan to help detect further cases of Covid-19. The Observatory and the Muslim Doctors Association have distributed a new infographic resource to NHS vaccination centres, mosques, religious and community groups, that provides…

Kakkar conundrum

By Amit Roy VARIOUS newspapers have argued that last week’s report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities had to be fair because the com­missioners were, with one exception, members of ethnic minority com­munities themselves. One of them was Lord Ajay Kakkar, 56, who was elevated to the peerage…

Ending racial bias ‘needs less talk and more action’

  By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future WHAT Britain needs is a conversation about race, not a shouting match. So, the public debate about the Race and Ethnic Disparities Commis­sion has hardly got off to a good start. The commission’s announcement was greeted it with “inquiry fatigue” – did we…

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…

Johnson’s ethnic minority adviser Samuel Kasumu steps down

SAMUEL KASUMU, prime minister Boris Johnson's senior adviser on ethnic minorities will leave the role next month. He had previously resigned in February, before retracting his decision. His departure from the role comes a day after the publication of a government-backed report on race equality in the country. However, Downing…

‘I want to make London a better, more equal city’

  By Sadiq Khan Mayor of London IT HAS been a truly terrible year. The pandemic has affected us all – the grief of losing loved ones, the devastating impact on businesses and jobs, and the emotional strain of being unable to meet our close friends and family. The thing…

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

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

No proof of institutional racism in UK, claims government report

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

Majority of ethnic minority people in Britain believe the royal…

A NEW survey has revealed that a majority of ethnic minority Britons believe the royal family is racist and many don't want the monarchy to continue. A YouGov survey has found out that 43 per cent of non-white voters believe the royal family holds racist views, whilst 27 believed they…

I will continue to celebrate London’s diversity

By Sadiq Khan IT has been a truly terrible year. The pandemic has affected us all – the grief of losing loved ones, the devastating impact on businesses and jobs, and the emotional strain of being unable to meet up with our close friends and family. The thing I’ve missed…

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

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

Experts urge review of suitable pulse oximetry products for BME…

THE independent NHS Race and Health Observatory has called for an urgent review of suitable pulse oximetry products for ethnic minority people in England including those products used in medical settings. The accuracy of Pulse Oximeter readings from black and minority ethnic (BME) people could be seriously misleading, particularly during…

Annual ethnicity pay reporting may become mandatory for larger UK…

THE Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, set up by Boris Johnson last summer, has been examining disparities in the employment market and is expected to report its findings to No 10 by the end of this month, reported The Guardian. The commission is expected to urge the government to…

Football commentary box lacks diversity, only two are BAME in…

There has been a conscious attempt in the recent years to make football diverse in every aspect, and it gathered steam during last season in the sport's fight against racism. But curiously, the commentary box lacks diversity and according to a report by Sportsmail, which has found out that of…

New report reveals poor female and minority representation in British…

A NEW report has identified poor female and minority representation among the leadership of retailers in the UK. The report by British Retail Consortium, PWC and MBS Group report has urged more than 55 retailers to pledge to improve diversity and inclusion practices, reported The Times.  An analysis of more than…

Ethnic minority patients undergoing fertility treatment are less likely to…

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

Surgeons from minority backgrounds face racism and sexism, says review

A landmark review has found 'terrible' examples of sexism, racism, and homophobia meted out to surgeons throughout their careers. The review by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC do not cast surgeons or the the Royal College of Surgeons in a progressive, modern or particularly attractive light, reported The Telegraph. Baroness Kennedy…

Report urges probation services to focus more on racial equality

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

East Ham school aces Oxbridge test

  A RECORD number of students from an east London state school have received offers to Oxbridge universities, it was an­nounced earlier this month. A total of 55 pupils from Brampton Manor Academy in East Ham have been sent offers to study at the universities of Ox­ford or Cambridge. More…

Experts urge targeted inoculation of vulnerable ethnic minority groups in…

EXPERTS have urged the UK government to reconsider its coronavirus vaccine allocation strategy, and called for a targeted inoculation of vulnerable ethnic minority groups. A commentary published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM), a group of experts has warned that the UK’s 'colour-blind' approach puts ethnic…

Ethnic diversity in Britain’s top 100 companies improves, Parker Review…

A NEW survey revealed that Britain's top 100 companies have made significant progress on improving the ethnic diversity of their boards despite the pandemic affecting recruitment processes. The survey of FTSE 100 companies by the Parker Review committee, published on Friday (12), found out that 74 of top 100 companies…

Bullying, racial abuse rampant at Sellafield nuclear site, reports BBC

THE BBC has reported that bullying, harassment and racial abuse are rampant at Sellafield nuclear site which could allow serious safety concerns go unreported. A letter sent in September 2020 by Sellafield's network of ethnic minority staff to the firm's board, has mentioned a series of 27 racist incidents, the…

‘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,…

‘No hint of racism’ in Prince Charles

  By Amit Roy FOR various personal reasons, I have known Prince Charles for a very long time – and there is one thing I can say with absolute confidence. There isn’t a hint of racism in him. To be sure, the interview given by Prince Harry and Meghan to…

Ethnic minorities more likely to trust vaccine information from loved…

by LAUREN CODLING INFORMED conversations with loved ones could be essential to increase vaccine take-up in some ethnic minority communities, a poll suggested last month. New research by the British Red Cross (BRC) found that Britons from ethnic minority backgrounds are nearly twice as likely to get information on the…

Research reveals ‘significant’ racial disparities in care of heart patients…

NEW research has revealed ‘significant’ racial disparities in care of heart patients during the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. Researchers found that people from black or Asian heritage and those from ethnic minority backgrounds were more likely to be admitted to hospital than their white peers, less…

Tony Burnett urges the incoming FA chair and PFA chief…

NEW Kick it Out chief executive Tony Burnett has urged the incoming Football Association chair and players' union chief  to value inclusion as it is 'massively important'. "I'd absolutely love to see a black person or a person from an ethnic minority background in one of those roles because they…

GG2 diversity conference panels debate how to challenge racial prejudice

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

ACKNOWLDGE NHS ‘STRUCTURAL RACISM’

“Vaccine hesitancy” because Asian communities do not trust government, says top doctor Exclusive By Barnie Choudhury Politics is interfering “far too much” with caring for sick patients during the pandemic. That is according to the chair of the British Medical Association, Dr Chaand Nagpaul. Speaking during the second Ramniklal Solanki…

Labour calls for a ‘jobs promise’ for youth under 25…

THE Labour Party has called for a ‘jobs promise’ for all those under 25 who have been away from work, education or training for more than six months, including furloughed workers. The plan includes bringing forward funding for existing employment schemes and guarantees a work or training placement for young…

£4.8 million bursary fund launched for university students by UK…

A LEADING finance firm has launched a £4.8 million bursary fund for university students, with 60 per cent of support going to ethnic minorities. JPMorgan Chase and the Sutton Trust announced the endowment fund last week, to improve the access to employability opportunities for underserved, low income and BAME university…

UK to focus on age, not occupation, for next vaccines

BRITAIN's next phase of coronavirus vaccines will be administered based on age rather than occupational risk, an advisory group said, sparking anger from police and teachers who said they should get priority. Speaking at a televised press conference, health secretary Matt Hancock said Britain’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation…

New £4.8m fund launched to help underprivileged university students in…

A new endowment fund of nearly £4.8 million has been launched to improve the access to employability opportunities for underserved, low income and black and minority ethnic (BME) university students in the UK. The fund started by JPMorgan Chase and the Sutton Trust on Thursday(25) plans to help 350 students…

Some minority groups in UK were less badly affected in…

SOME ethnic minority groups in Britain were relatively less badly affected in the second wave of Covid-19 than they were in the first, a government report into the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on minorities said on Friday (26). The quarterly report has previously found that the increased risk to…

Pandemic heroes honoured at GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards

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

Parents urged to be aware of rare Covid-linked condition in…

by LAUREN CODLING A FATHER whose daughter was diagnosed with a Covid-19 related syndrome affecting children has warned parents to be aware of symptoms, as data suggests the disease may disproportionately affect those from an ethnic minority background. Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS) is a new illness, in which children…

Number of female board members in top UK companies up…

THE number of women on the boards of Britain's top 350 listed companies has jumped by 50 per cent in five years, a government-backed study showed. There were 1,026 female board members in January this year, compared with 682 in October 2015, according to a final annual report from the…

Samant stands down

By Amit Roy RASHMI SAMANT found out the hard way last week that those who live by Twitter can die by Twitter – or Instagram or the various forms of social media. Rashmi was elected presi­dent of the Oxford Students’ Union (SU) by a handsome margin – she got 1,966…

‘Studying Covid’s ethnic impact can end inequality’

  By Professor Bridget Byrne ONE of the lessons of the pandemic is that ra­cial discrimination and racial inequality kill. The evidence was al­ready there, but the im­pact of the virus and lockdown has brought the tragic impact of dis­crimination into sharp­er focus, and made it even more urgent to…

Vaccine uptake plans

By Nadhim Zahawi Vaccine deployment minister CORONAVIRUS is forcing us to live more of our lives online and now more than ever people are using social media to connect and share updates, memories and feelings with their loved ones. It’s a fantastic way to keep in touch when we can­not…

Charles concerned at low minority vaccine take-up

  By Amit Roy PRINCE CHARLES has expressed con­cern that some members of the ethnic minorities are not taking the vaccine. He told a webinar organised by the British Asian Trust (BAT), of which he is the founder patron: “In view of my con­cern about the health and welfare of…

Vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel

By Nadhim Zahawi, UK vaccine deployment minister CORONAVIRUS is forcing us to live more of our lives online and now more than ever people are using social media to connect and share updates, memories and feelings with their loved ones. It’s a fantastic way to keep in touch with each…

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

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

New advisory board to help pladis to give ‘strategic counsel…

GLOBAL snacking giant pladis has instituted a global advisory board on inclusion and diversity. The four-member board includes Olympic champion Kelly Holmes, paralympic medalist and TV presenter Ade Adepitan, writer Alastair Campbell and Stevie Spring, chair of the mental health charity, Mind. The company said the advisory board members will…

New Oxford modelling confirms ethnicity and poverty as Covid risk…

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

Study says fewer black and Asian NHS staff took Covid-19…

A NEW study has revealed that lower proportions of black and Asian staff at a hospital trust have come forward to have a Covid-19 vaccine. It said that 70.9 per cent of white staff at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust had received the jab, compared with 58.5 per…

UK launches new plan to boost vaccine uptake in all…

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

Study says white teenagers are twice likely to consume hard…

A NEW study has revealed that white teenagers are twice as likely to have taken hard drugs compared to ethnic minorities, and are three times more likely to report binge drinking-drinking five or more drinks at a time. The study by the University College London's (UCL) Centre for Longitudinal Studies…

Sadiq Khan visits new Covid vaccination hub at Kingsbury Temple

by LAUREN CODLING LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has reiterated the importance of ethnic minority communities engaging with the coronavirus vaccine programme, as he visited a new NHS immunisation centre at a temple in the city last Thursday (4). Khan hopes the new immunisation hub at Kingsbury Temple in northwest London…

New research to help design health policies to lessen the…

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

Inquiry launches into alleged ‘systemic racism’ in the NHS maternity…

THE UK will launch an inquiry on Tuesday(9) to investigate alleged systemic racism in the NHS maternity care, with support from the UK charity Birthrights. The inquiry, led by Barrister Shaheen Rahman QC, will examine how claimed racial injustice – from explicit racism to bias – is leading to poorer…

BAME children worst affected by a rare post-Covid disease in…

DOCTORS in the UK have said that up to 100 children are being hospitalised in a week with a rare disease that emerges weeks after Covid-19. They added that 75 per cent of the children worst affected by the disease is from black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds, When…

Study shows six in 10 BAME psychiatrists faced racism

by LAUREN CODLING MORE than half of ethnic minority psychiatrists have faced racism at work, new research revealed last month. Six in ten ethnic minority psychiatrists have faced overt or covert racism at work – but only 29 per cent of these incidents were reported, according to the Royal College…

‘We need action, not words, to end healthcare inequalities’

by LAUREN CODLING DOCTORS have urged action to tackle “unjust” inequalities faced by BAME groups as new research found discrepancies in health-related outcomes between minorities and white Britons. Those of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Arab, and Gypsy or Irish Traveller backgrounds were considered to have a 20-year age difference in their health…

Doctors urge the government to give priority to BAME people…

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

Research says BME drug dealers in Britain more likely to…

A NEW research has found out that black and ethnic minority(BME) drug dealers re about one-and-a-half times more likely to be immediately jailed than their white counterparts. Analysis commissioned by the Sentencing Council found that 'different sentencing outcomes' were observed for different races, even when the offences and other factors…

England has an ‘ethnic health gap’ of 20 years, reveals…

PEOPLE over 55 belonging to minority ethnic groups in England have poorer health-related life quality compared to their white British counterparts, with the impact equivalent to being 20 years older, a study concluded Friday(29). Even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, there was a large body of evidence to suggest that…

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

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

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…

New group will address ethnic and race disparities in healthcare,…

by LAUREN CODLING AN INDEPENDENT body set up to investigate the effect of ethnicity on people’s health has been described as a “catalyst for change” by its director, as board members met virtually for the first time last week. Hosted by the NHS Confederation, the NHS Race and Health Observatory…

Miss England Dr Bhasha Mukherjee gets COVID-19 jab, endorses safety

Miss England and frontline National Health Service (NHS) doctor Bhasha Mukherjee has received her first of the two COVID-19 jabs and endorsed the safety of the vaccines being rolled out among those most at risk from coronavirus. The 25-year-old beauty queen and a medical professional has been working on the…

Indian-origin people in the UK are reluctant to take Covid-19…

A NEW survey has revealed that only 56 per cent of Indian-origin people in the UK would take a Covid-19 vaccine and women are less likely to take a jab over fertility concerns. The research by the 1928 Institute follows concerns about a lower uptake of Covid-19 jabs among Britain's…

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…

Asians should seek help if struggling with mental health, health…

HEALTH OFFICIALS has urged Asians with mental health worries to seek help, as statistics showed almost one in five adults were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) almost one in eight people had developed moderate to…

‘Lockdown will be fatal for eateries’

By Nadeem Badshah LEADING Asian restaurant bosses and chefs have urged ministers to provide more cash to save jobs and businesses from the Covid-19 crisis. Eateries across the country have been forced to close since November under lockdown rules and owners warned that many will be unable to survive without…

‘Let local pharmacists help with vaccinations’

By Reena Barai National Pharmacy Association board member A POLL in December by the Royal Society of Pub­lic Health showed that three in four people would take a Covid jab, but only 55 per cent of respond­ents of Asian ethnicity said they would likely say yes to being vaccinated. The…

Asians need tailored mental health services amid Covid surge, say…

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN communities need tailored and culturally sensitive support services to tackle mental health issues, doctors have said, as studies showed how the pandemic has led to a surge in those seeking help. In December, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said ethnic groups suffered a “triple whammy…

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…

Alarm as mutant Covid strain surges in Asian community

by LAUREN CODLING ASIANS have been urged to adhere to coronavirus guidelines as data showed positive cases were higher in their community than any other ethnic group in some areas of the UK. The warning comes as England began its third Covid lockdown on Tuesday (5), with the government calling…

Prominent British Asians recognised in New Year’s Honours List

A LEADING musician, community leaders, campaigners and choreographers are among Asians honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, announced this evening (30). This year’s is the most ethnically diverse list yet, with 14.2 per cent of recipients coming from a black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) background. In total,…

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…

Top doctors seek to reassure Asians as Covid variant hastens…

by LAUREN CODLING LEADING doctors have said there is no need for panic as they sought to reassure Asians about the new variant of the coronavirus which has led to tighter restrictions in London and parts of south-east England. Dr Kailash Chand said the new variant was predicted by scientists…

How councils are stepping up Covid community testing

UK councils have revealed their efforts to promote testing in ethnic minority groups as the government confirmed community testing programmes would be offered to the worst-affected Tier 2 areas. However, some expressed concern that testing alone was not enough to bring down high rates of infection in some areas. Eastern…

Asians reluctant to take up vaccine, study shows

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

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…

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…

Sainsbury’s backlash shows need for inclusivity in advertising, say experts

by LAUREN CODLING MEDIA experts have spoken in favour of diverse representation within advertising, following the racist backlash faced by Sainsbury’s after it unveiled its latest Christmas campaign. The leading supermarket chain received criticism for its festive advertisement, which featured a black family celebrating the holidays. Following its release last…

Ethnic minority healthcare workers are likely to have higher levels…

A NEW study has revealed that healthcare workers from an ethnic minority background are more likely to have built up antibodies to Covid-19. Nurses, healthcare assistants and junior doctors were more likely to have higher levels of Covid-19 antibodies compared with their more senior medical colleagues, it further said. The…

‘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…

Diverse businesses are more profitable, innovative and competitive, says Lord…

NO company can afford to let diversity and inclusion slip down the priority list in these uncertain times, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) president Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE said on Tuesday(1). He added that diverse businesses are more profitable, innovative, and competitive. While speaking at CBI’s first virtual diversity and…

‘Sunak’s ethnicity is no bar to his rapid rise in…

By Amit Roy LORD MICHAEL ASHCROFT, a former treasurer and deputy chairman of the Conservative party, has revealed why he decided to write the first-ever biogra­phy of the chancellor, Going for Broke: The Rise of Rishi Sunak. “At the beginning of the year, hardly anyone outside Westmin­ster and Yorkshire had…

‘Coronavirus cases surge in Asian families’

by LAUREN CODLING CORONAVIRUS cases are rising in areas with high Asian populations as local authorities voiced concerns about infections increasing within multi-generation households, one week before England is due to lift its lockdown restrictions. Government figures on Monday (23) revealed that infection rates increased within areas with a substantial…

Race and faith diversity ‘new normal’ in politics

  By Sunder Katwala British Future “I’VE placed our rangoli outside No 11, the mith­ai is set to be delivered and the family Zoom is booked in. I know things will feel a bit different, and it’s hard not to be able to see family, but we will get through…

Doctors urge for action following report confirming higher coronavirus risk…

by LAUREN CODLING LEADING doctors have slammed ministers for “paying lip service” to ethnic minorities after new analysis confirmed previous findings that BAME groups are at higher risk of infection and dying from coronavirus. People of Asian ethnicity are 1.5 times more likely than white people to be infected, analysis…

‘Act Early to Prevent radicalisation of young people’

By Akeela Ahmed As a parent, I know how the easy availability of phones and social media has made it so much harder to keep track of what our children are going through. Add the impact of lockdowns, missed time at school and people who want to exploit young people’s…

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

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

‘Covid compliance’ of ethnic minorities hailed in West Midlands

by LAUREN CODLING THE West Midlands mayor has praised ethnic groups for their compliance during the Covid-19 pandemic, saying it was a “strong reflection of the unity of communities” in the region. The comments from Andy Street follow the release of new research, which showed that local authority areas which…

Met police should hire 40 per cent of new recruits…

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

Harris’s historic win ‘will be first of many’

by LAUREN CODLING THE historic election of Indian American Kamala Harris as vice-president elect in the US has been praised as a breakthrough moment of hope in America and abroad, as the first woman voted to the post said she “would not be the last”. Harris, 56, who is of…

Finances of BAME people suffered more than those of white…

A UK thinktank has urged the government to do more to protect black, Asian and ethnic minority communities as their finances have suffered more than those of white Britons due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While responding to a poll from YouGov 45 per cent of people from BAME communities said their…

Suu Kyi forecast to triumph in virus-hit Myanmar election

Vote counting continued late into the night in Myanmar after an election on Sunday that is expected to return to power the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains a hero at home in spite of a reputation abroad shattered by the Rohingya crisis. Several hundred ardent supporters ignored…

Report says female ethnic barristers are the ‘lowest-earning’ as they…

A NEW study has found out that female ethnic barristers are the lowest-earning as they are less likely to be recommended to clients. The research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has revealed that 'favouritism around work allocation' is one of the reasons for the pay disparity. Factors such as a…

UK’s human rights watchdog to probe ‘racial inequalities’ in healthcare

THE human rights watchdog in the UK will examine racial inequalities in healthcare sector in the country to find out why lower-paid health and social care workers from ethnic minorities are at greater risk from coronavirus. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will look at the experiences of health…

The Brandfather

High-flying international CEOs do not often come in a more thoughtful and engaging form than Salman Amin, who heads up pladis Global and dominates the biscuit scene in the UK. His vast experience makes Amin a touchstone of wisdom and a clear voice in an uncertain time, especially because he…

New campaign calls for ‘greater recognition’ of black and Asian…

A NEW campaign launched on Thursday(29) to highlight the role of soldiers from across the Commonwealth during the WW2. The ‘Remember Together’ joint campaign by thinktank British Future and the Royal British Legion has received support from prominent voices from culture, politics, faith, civil society and the military. Actors Adrian…

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

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

EXCLUSIVE: Asians ‘completely forgotten’ by government during Covid

By Barnie Choudhury SOUTH ASIANS have been “completely forgotten” and not been given enough support by the government during the pandemic, according to the Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, imposed the highest tier of restrictions on the area that the former Labour health secretary leads,…

Board diversity targets to Change the (race) Ratio

by LAUREN CODLING BUSINESSES have been asked to set and publish clear targets for greater diversity at board and senior leadership levels as data showed there was slow progress on this front. The Change the Ratio (CTR) initiative is the idea of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and it…

‘Impeccable’ Roadkill casting draws applause from Asian star

by LAUREN CODLING AN ASIAN actor starring as a barrister in a new BBC political thriller has applauded the casting in the series, as he emphasised the importance of seeing ethnic minorities in top professions. Roadkill tells the story of Peter Laurence (played by veteran actor Hugh Laurie), a charismatic…

Grammar school drops Clive from House name after debate

  By Amit Roy THE headmaster of a high-achieving grammar school, which has dropped Robert Clive as the name of one of its houses, said he supports the idea of teaching the colonial history of India to schoolchildren. Gary Hickey, headmaster of Haberdashers’ Adams in Newport, Shropshire, spoke to Eastern…

US election reflects deep divisions in the nation

  By Dinesh Sharma LOOKING at the cold statistics in the US presi­dential election, it seems the Donald Trump-Joe Biden race in 2020 is where the Trump-(Hillary) Clinton race was in mid-October 2016. Clinton at the time had a nearly 10-point advan­tage in the national polls; several nation-wide fore­casts have…

‘Stop using ethnicity when deciding who needed help’, says Dr…

Dr RAGHIB ALI, who advises Britain on ethnicity and Covid, has said that 'structural racism' is not a 'reasonable explanation' for black and south Asian people's greater risk of illness and death. He added that it is time to stop using ethnicity when deciding who needed help, and urged the…

UK launches £25m ‘Community Champions’ scheme; will record ethnicity on…

THE UK on Thursday(22) announced new measures to understand and tackle Covid-19 disparities experienced by individuals from an ethnic minority background. As part of this a new ‘Community Champions’ scheme worth up to £25 million was launched to enhance existing communication strategies in the most at risk places, and fund…

Minister urges Asian adopters to give children ‘forever home’

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN families have been encouraged to consider adoption, as figures show children from ethnic minority backgrounds often wait the longest to be placed. Data from the Department of Education shows that 240 children from BAME backgrounds waited more than 18 months to be adopted since entering care.…

‘EXPECT MORE WARS & MIGRANTS TO UK’

Fears of 650 job losses for Asian and black civil servants in former foreign aid department EXCLUSIVE By Barnie Choudhury THE UK government is “shooting itself in the foot” and is in danger of creating a less stable world. That is the warning from Britain’s former most senior Asian civil…

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…

Britain launches new coin as a tribute to the contributions…

AROUND 2.5 million 'Diversity Built Britain' 50 pence coins will enter into circulation next week as a tribute to the contribution minority communities have made to the history of the UK. The new 50p, designed by Dominique Evans, signals the intent of the Royal Mint and the chancellor to include…

Welcome diversity in birthday honours list

By Harris Bokhari THE recent Black Lives Matter protests have highlighted the ongoing inequalities that are faced by black commu­nities across the UK. Over the last four honour rounds we have seen the number of BAME recipients con­sistently decline, so the timing of the most eth­nically diverse honours list to…

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…

UK Vaccine Taskforce needs more ethnic minority, elderly volunteers

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

South Asians in the UK are most vulnerable to Covid-19…

BLACK and South Asian patients are more severely affected by Covid-19 than white patients as the way the body functions is a more important factor than poverty or existing health problems, says a new study. The study of 1,800 hospital patients, carried out at King's College Hospital in south-east London,…

Record number of Ethnic minorities receive honours

By Harris Bokhari [caption id="attachment_81760" align="alignright" width="300"] Harris Bokhari[/caption] The recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations have highlighted the ongoing inequalities faced by Black communities across the UK. Over the last four honour rounds we have seen the number of BAME recipients consistently decline, so the timing of the most ethnically…

New Asda owners, the Issa brothers, among prominent businessmen recognised…

Businessmen, frontline healthcare staff as well as charity workers and volunteers are among Asians in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List, whose publication in June was delayed in order to recognise “unsung heroes” of the coronavirus pandemic. Billionaire brothers Zuber Vali Issa and Mohsin Issa, who last week acquired Asda…

Books by authors of colour ‘will help students understand cultural…

By Neelam Rajput GROWING up, I would have loved to have read more books at school that represented my culture and ethnicity. Apart from those by Leicester-based Punjabi author Bali Rai, which feature multicultural characters and are based around faith and race, I don’t remember reading anything that didn’t include…

UK’s top fund manager calls for diverse boards, warns of…

THE UK's biggest asset manager, Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM), will use its voting power to force top firms to hire more ethnic minorities, it emerged on Monday (5). "We have initiated a new engagement campaign that specifically engages FTSE 100 and S&P 500 companies that do not have…

Lack of diversity ‘cannot be allowed to be shameful’: Supreme…

By S Neeraj Krishna THE UK Supreme Court president hopes to see a justice from an ethnic minority background before he retires in six years, observing that it will be “shameful” to ignore the lack of diversity in judiciary. Lord Reed, who succeeded Lady Hale earlier this year, also urged…

Lord Bilimoria’s campaign targets to include more BAME directors on…

LORD BILIMORIA, the first ethnic minority president of the confederation of British industry (CBI), launched a campaign on Wednesday(30) to increase the numbers of black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) directors on the boards of top UK companies. The drive-Change the Race Ratio- targets at least one BAME board member at…

‘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…

Sajid: Point of no return

By Amit Roy IT IS claimed that Sajid Javid and Boris Johnson remain on friend­ly terms, but there are in­dications “our Saj” is not expecting a quick recall to government. Seven months after he resigned as chancellor on February 14 – Valentine’s Day, incidentally, though there was little love lost…

‘Second Covid spike will hit Asians again’

by LAUREN CODLING DOCTORS in the UK have warned of the impact a second coronavirus wave would have on the BAME community, claiming the population “remains at higher risk of serious ill health and dying from Covid-19.” [caption id="attachment_96950" align="alignleft" width="231"] Dr Chaand Nagpaul[/caption] Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the…

Study finds alarming levels of racism, bullying in UK schools

By S Neeraj Krishna MORE than half of children entering teenage in the UK have come across racism in schools, according to a new study. Research by an anti-bullying campaign found that 32 per cent of children aged six to 15 had heard racist comments. The figure shot up to…

Young BAME men face ‘disproportionate impact’ of ‘ambiguous’ Covid-19 rules

By S Neeraj Krishna YOUNG men from black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities were facing a "disproportionate impact" of "unclear and ambiguous" Covid regulations being enforced in the UK, a parliamentary committee has observed. Reports on Monday (21) said the Joint Committee on Human Rights said it was "unacceptable" that…

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

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

Leicester lockdown reflects Covid threat

  By Professor Kamlesh Khunti AS IS now known, the burden of Covid-19 has not been equal, with people from ethnic minorities being at increased risk of infection, severe dis­ease and death compared to white populations. At the University of Leicester, we were the first ones to raise concerns about…

NHS BAME staff: ‘Traumatised, stressed and burnt out’

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN healthcare staff have revealed the stress and exhaustion they have suffered during the pandemic, as data revealed the BAME workforce is suffering from increased mental health problems during the crisis. In interviews with Eastern Eye, a number of doctors have revealed the trauma of seeing BAME…

Women, Asian medics vulnerable to badly fitting masks: report

WOMEN healthcare workers and medical staff with Asian heritage are less likely to be using face masks that fit them properly making them more vulnerable to infection, according to a new report that called for more robust equipment testing. The report published on Tuesday (15) in the journal Anaesthesia looked…

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

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

Mayor stresses job security as Newham trials Test and Trace…

by LAUREN CODLING THE mayor of Newham has criticised the government’s plan to pay people £13 a day to self-isolate, claiming the money offered is “insufficient”. The comments come after weeks of criticism regarding the NHS Test and Trace programme, a key part of the government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy since…

Birmingham council plans ‘Rooney’ job shortlist rule, new school curriculum…

ENGLAND’s largest local authority is planning to implement the ‘Rooney Rule’ – shortlisting at least one woman and one ethnic minority candidate for job vacancies – to boost diversity. The Birmingham City Council believes the move would help negate criticism over tackling inequality, and slow progress in terms of enhancing…

Most Britons ‘support solidarity over separation’

By Rosie Carter Senior policy officer HOPE not hate charitable trust THIS year will be remembered for one thing – the Covid-19 pandemic and what it revealed about Britain. We saw the sacrifice of our frontline health and care staff; a new-found appreciation of the people whose work we too…

London mayor’s worry over virus being used to ‘divide communities’

by LAUREN CODLING THE mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has condemned critics for blaming Asian communities for spikes in Covid-19, claiming some were using the virus as “a way to divide communities”. In recent months, local lockdowns have been implemented in areas in Leicester, Greater Manchester and Blackburn – cities…

Councils stress need for local systems to stop Covid spread

by LAUREN CODLING LOCAL councils have emphasised efforts to communicate with ethnic minorities about the NHS Test and Trace plan, as some experts raised concerns that many communities may not trust the system and will not engage with it. The NHS Test and Trace plan has been rolled out across…

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…

Gandhi glasses set to go under the hammer

By Amit Roy A FEW people have quibbled about the decision by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to put Gandhi on a British coin as the first ethnic minority figure. In Leicester, there was even been a petition – now apparently abandoned – to remove the Mahatma’s statue in the wake…

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

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

BAME groups ‘more exposed, less protected’, says Runnymede Trust report

THE pandemic has had a devastating impact on the UK's ethnic minority communities because of long-standing racial and socio-economic inequalities, according to a survey published on Wednesday (5). It also highlighted that ethnic minorities "face greater barriers" in protecting themselves from the coronavirus. The report -- titled 'Over Exposed and…

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…

Why we need an Office for Minority Health

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

UK curry capital Brick Lane struggling to survive, say experts

by LAUREN CODLING A RESTAURANT owner has expressed concerns for the future of Brick Lane, the so-called “UK curry capital” as a new report warned the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the serious challenges faced by the industry. Shams Uddin is the owner of The Monsoon on Brick Lane, east London.…

Campaigners seek to clarify confusion around UK’s Gandhi coin

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

Rishi Sunak wants ethnic minorities on UK coins

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

UK’s curry capital faces ‘devastating’ impact due to Covid-19, says…

A new report has revealed that the UK’s world-renowned curry capital Brick Lane has become a ‘ghost town’ as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report 'Beyond Banglatown - continuity, change and new urban economies in Brick Lane' has found a 62 per cent decline in South Asian-owned restaurants and cafes…

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

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

Study finds ethnic minority businesses struggle to access loans, grants,…

By Nadeem Badshah AN URGENT investigation is needed on why ethnic mi­nority entrepreneurs often struggle to secure financial support to grow their firm, according to business lead­ers and experts. They have expressed disap­pointment at the findings of a report which found that some BAME business owners are disproportionately unable to…

Marie Gabriel CBE to head the NHS programme to reduce…

THE NHS has appointed Marie Gabriel CBE to chair the Race and Health Observatory (RHO) which will look into the specific health challenges facing people from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds in England. NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced her appointment on Tuesday (28). Besides, NHS has appointed…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Stop playing politics with Asian lives’

By Barnie Choudhury LEICESTER’S mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, has accused the government of playing politics with lives and livelihoods by lock­ing down his city based on ‘inconsistent and sketchy data’. Eastern Eye can reveal that the mayor has sent two letters to ministers asking for per­mission to spend £13 million…

Asian people face highest rate of police fining in England,…

ASIAN people have been issued fixed-penalty notices (FPN) ‘disproportionately’ during lockdown in England and Wales, a police report has revealed. According to analysis, English and Welsh police forces issued 17,039 fines during the two months analysed – a rate of only three per 10,000 people. However, rates were highest for…

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

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

Rishi Sunak considers ethnic minority figures on UK coins

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

Exclusive: 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…

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

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

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

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

Points-based system seeks ‘control with compassion’

By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future IMMIGRATION played a crucial role in the EU referendum of 2016. Without the loss of public confidence in how governments had handled im­migration over the previous decade, Remain rather than Leave might have narrowly won that public vote. Four years on, the government must…

Multinational law firm Clifford Chance sets gender, ethnicity and LGBTQ+…

London-based multinational law firm Clifford Chance has announced a series of targets for gender, ethnicity and LGBTQ+ inclusion. By 2030, the magic circle firm aims to have at least 40 per cent female partners globally. Other levels in the company are expected to achieve the target by five years from…

Birmingham activists want police to name officer sacked for racist…

ANTI-RACISM activists in Birmingham have urged the West Midlands Police to name its officer who was sacked for making "racist and inappropriate comments" about some of his colleagues. An independent misconduct panel had given the officer "a final written warning" in September last year, but the force legally challenged the…

UK police watchdog launches probe into allegations of racial bias…

BRITAIN's police watchdog has announced a review into whether the forces discriminate against ethnic minorities. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on Friday (10) that the probe, to begin in the coming months, will initially look into the use of stop and search powers and the use of…

Former England footballer wants 30 per cent BAME representation at…

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

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Break the code of silence’ – police failing Asian…

By Barnie Choudhury SOUTH ASIAN children who have been sexually abused are being let down by police not being thorough in their investigation and having a “poor” grasp of the trauma that victims experience, campaigners said. Eastern Eye can also reveal that a women’s group has this week launched a…

‘The NHS owes a debt of gratitude to its Asian…

  By Nadeem Badshah THE NHS marks its 72nd birthday on Sunday (5), a welcome celebration after the most challenging year it has endured in its history due to the coronavirus crisis. For the estimated 118,000 doctors, nurses and staff from south Asia working on the frontline in the battle…

‘Migrants helped build our NHS’

By Julian M Simpson THE NHS turns 72 on Sunday (5). On such occasions, the role played in its history by migrants from South Asia and elsewhere is often marginalised. Look at the timeline published on the BBC website for its 70th anniversary and you will get little sense of…

EXCLUSIVE: “Unleash the BAME talent,” urge diversity leaders

By Barnie Choudhury  THE data is there. The recommendations are there. What is lacking is the govern­ment’s political will to end racism once and for all in the UK. That is the damning accusation of black and Asian leaders from the world of politics and anti-racism activism. In an exclusive…

Asian doctor praises NHS for ‘sense of belonging’

by LAUREN CODLING AN NHS doctor has praised the health service for giving him a “sense of belonging”, as the beloved institution marks its 72nd birthday on Sunday (5). Dr Mohan Bhat is the associate medical director and consultant old age psychiatrist for the Older Adults Mental Health Team &…

Government promises to ‘get to the bottom’ of factors behind…

BRITAIN has imposed a stringent lockdown on Leicester following a flare-up of the novel coronavirus, implementing Prime Minister Boris Johnson's “whack-a-mole” or localised clamp-down strategy. The re-imposition of stricter social distancing norms meant all non-essential shops will close from Tuesday (30) and schools for most pupils, except those of key…

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…

Teesside’s first Asian mayor worked his way up through poverty,…

COUNCILLOR Mohammed Javed has taken over as the mayor of Stockton, becoming the first black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) man in borough to hold the ceremonial post. Reports noted that Javed -- who had become Stockton's first Asian councillor in 2007 -- was also the first Asian mayor in…

‘Need to do all sorts of things to tackle it’,…

BORIS JOHNSON reiterated on Friday (26) that the country must break down barriers as many black and ethnic minority people felt they were discriminated against. When asked if he believed there was insitutionalised racism in the British police, Johnson said: "I think the issue -- and it has been really…

Yasser Zubair, a police officer with Thames Valley Police, highlights…

AS LONG as he can remember, Yasser wanted to be a police officer. Now, after 18 years of service, he tells us about his experiences, why he would encourage other people from South Asian communities to consider a career with the police. And why he believes that policing today stands…

Cultural stereotypes impede reporting of child sexual abuse in ethnic…

RACISM, sometimes in the form of “cultural stereotypes”, can lead to institutions failing in identifying and responding to child sexual abuse, an independent inquiry has found. Collaborating with the Race Equality Foundation, the inquiry -- which explored barriers faced by ethnic minority communities in reporting child sexual abuse -- analysed…

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…

Creative BAME talent must have ‘an equal playing field’

by LAUREN CODLING CREATIVE people from BAME communities have urged the UK entertainment industry to do more to tackle racism and the lack of diversity and representation in TV and film in an open letter published last Sunday (21). Signed by a number of prominent filmmakers, producers and writers, the…

BAME children face higher risk of mental health issues amid…

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

Priti Patel to lead cross-government working group to ‘right the…

THE British government said on Monday (22) it was determined to "right the wrongs" of its treatment of Britons of Caribbean origin who were detained or deported as illegal immigrants. Home Secretary Priti Patel and Bishop Derek Webley, a senior church leader, will chair a cross-government working group to address…

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…

ONS data shows higher Covid-19 death rate among Hindus, Muslims,…

THE death rate from Covid-19 in England and Wales is higher among people who identify as Muslims, Jews, Hindus or Sikh than Christians or those with no stated religion, according to official data released on Friday (19). The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics also reflected previous studies…

Why we need to reflect before destroying old statues

By Lord Meghnad Desai DURING the Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations around the world after the death in the US of George Floyd, a lot of rage was expressed against racism and in­justice to black people. Many monuments and statues were de­faced and damaged, among them the statue of Mahatma…

Johnson’s commission ‘will keep race disparity on the agenda’

By Sunder Katwala Director British Future thinktank “ACTION this day!” became Winston Churchill’s Second World War watchword. So he might have been looking down quizzically as his successor Boris Johnson announced a new cross-govern­ment commission to look at all aspects of ine­quality, in an article pledging “to resist with every…

Llyod’s of London, Greene King rue past slavery links, pledge…

TWO prominent British firms have expressed regret over their founders' roles in 18th and 19th century slave trade, and pledged financial support to charities and organisations promoting opportunities for black and ethnic minority groups. Popular pub chain and brewer Greene King and Llyod's of London  insurance market announced on Wednesday…

Tackling racial inequalities across UK ‘will take work’

by LAUREN CODLING CAMPAIGNERS have called for more diversity within leaderships roles in the UK as prime minister Boris Johnson announced a new commission to look into racial inequalities this week. The announcement comes as anti-racist protests continue across the country, triggered by the death of a black man, George…

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…

Boris Johnson set to launch probe into ‘all aspects of…

BORIS JOHNSON has said he will set up a commission to look at "all aspects of inequality" following anti-racism race protests across Britain. Writing in the Telegraph newspaper on Monday, the prime minister said there was "much more that we need to do" to tackle racism despite "huge progress", and…

Home ownership in UK highest among Indians

By Nadeem Badshah  INDIAN families in the UK are the prop­erty kings, government figures show. Some 74 per cent of Indians households are homeowners, a higher rate than white Britons at 68 per cent. The figure among the Pakistani commu­nity is 58 per cent and 46 per cent among British…

UK Thalassaemia Society’s art contest to promote blood donation gets…

A BRITISH charity’s children’s art competition to raise awareness on thalassaemia and blood donation has received “overwhelming” support from across the world. Launched in March, the United Kingdom Thalassaemia Society’s campaign received nearly 300 entries from 45 countries. “Not only have we been bowled over by the overwhelming response and…

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

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

Sadiq Khan calls for probe as video shows police tasering…

SADIQ KHAN has called for an investigation after British rapper Wretch 32 posted a video of police using a taser stun gun against his father, after days of anti-racism protests. The footage from a police body camera shows 62-year-old Millard Scott falling down the stairs after being tasered during a…

‘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…

Oxford protesters chorus ‘Rhodes must go’ as officials pull down…

A STATUE of Robert Milligan, an 18th century slave trader, was removed from its plinth outside a London museum on Tuesday (10) after global anti-racism protests triggered a debate about how Britain commemorates its imperial past. Statues glorifying slave traders and colonialists have come into sharp focus in recent days,…

Asians back new transplant law but warn against ‘hype’

By Nadeem Badshah COMMUNITY leaders have welcomed the change in the law on organ donation, but cautioned against people “scaremonger­ing” over the issue. All adults in England will now be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die, unless they have registered a decision to “opt…

Pandemic is ‘no excuse to ignore bias in leadership’

  By Professor Binna Kandola Senior partner and Cofounder, Pearn Kandola DURING one of his reg­ular press conferences, the World Health Or­ganisation’s director-general spoke out about the racist abuse and threats that he has re­cently received. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he had endured “personal attacks” and “racist comments” for…

BAME people more likely to be penalised for lockdown breaches,…

SCOTLAND YARD has revealed that a disproportionately high number of people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds were being fined or arrested for lockdown breaches, prompting allegations of racial bias. Data released on Wednesday (3) showed that the Metropolitan Police said it had issued 973 fines, or fixed penalty…

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

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

Virtual round table on BAME business owners’ Covid-19 response

A virtual round table by All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for BAME Business Owners about their response to the Covid-19 pandemic will be held on June 8 from 2-4 pm BST. The event will be held in collaboration with the Federation of Small Business, the Confederation of British Industry, British and…

Academic seeks to reassure Asians over pandemic risk

By Amit Roy AN ACADEMIC who has been studying the two- and three-fold incidence of heart disease and diabetes, respectively, among Asians for 35 years, has some common-sense advice on how they can protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. Professor Raj Bhopal, 67, emeritus professor of public health at Edinburgh…

Exclusive: ‘NHS failing BAME frontline staff,’ say medical experts

By Barnie Choudhury and Rithika Siddhartha DOCTORS’ leaders have urged NHS managers to carry out “proper risk assessments” for frontline black, Asian and ethnic minority staff who are treating Covid-19 patients. Their recommendation comes as new analysis by the Guardian newspaper on Monday (25) showed that among healthcare workers who…

Exclusive: Investigate ingrained NHS racism, says Trevor Phillips

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

New law deems all adults in England as potential organ…

A NEW LAW under which all adults in England will now be deemed as potential organ donors after they die -- unless they record a decision not to donate, or are in one of the excluded categories -- has come into force on Wednesday (20). Under the Organ Donation (Deemed…

‘BAME mothers more at risk from Covid-19’

by LAUREN CODLING THE majority of pregnant women admitted to hospital with coronavirus are from a black, Asian and ethnic minority background, a new study has shown. According to the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS), 55 per cent of pregnant women admitted to hospital with coronavirus over March and April…

Don’t wait to seek help for illnesses, NHS leader urges

by LAUREN CODLING AN NHS leader has urged the public to seek medical attention if they need it, as experts warn delays in getting treatment due to Covid-19 could lead to a long-term risk to people’s health. Dr Nikita Kanani is one of several medical professionals who are backing the…

How Covid-19 has impacted the Sikh Community – A personal…

By Jas Singh Khatkar – The Sikh Network Life as we know it has been completely turned upside down. In the UK, we have seen the largest Covid-19 death rate across Europe and currently second globally behind the USA. This is very concerning given we are a leading G7 nation…

Life after lockdown ‘must bridge divides’

  Sunder Katwala Director British Future thinktank PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson’s address to the nation last Sunday (10) night indicated the po­tential for light at the end of the lockdown tun­nel, but not just yet. Given the frustrations of the lockdown, there will naturally be a great deal of relief…

Racism ‘played a role’ in BAME virus deaths: Lord Victor…

By Shailesh Solanki THE disproportionate number of people from Asian and black communities who have died from coronavirus is a “tragic episode of systemic failure”, a senior NHS leader has said. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Lord Victor Adebow­ale claimed racism “clearly played a role” in the rising…

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

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

Elderly Asian doctors ‘could focus on non-Covid cases’

By Amit Roy THERE is no question of pulling Asian healthcare workers from frontline duties, Ramesh Mehta, president of BAPIO (Brit­ish Association of Physi­cians of Indian Origin), has made clear. This is the impression that has been given in some national newspapers. Mehta said he had sug­gested that some elderly…

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

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

UK virus toll rises 739 as stats show disadvantaged worst…

Britain's overall death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose by 739 to 27,510 on Friday, as new data indicated that people in disadvantaged areas were worse hit. The increase came as health secretary Matt Hancock announced the country had met its goal of achieving 100,000 tests a day by the…

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…

Adil Ray: ‘Virus advice does not reflect cultural needs’

by LAUREN CODLING BROADCASTER Adil Ray has called out the government and mainstream media’s “utter systemic failure” to communicate Covid-19 advice to British Asian communities. His comments follow the release of a new coronavirus advice video co-organised by Ray, and tailored to reach the Asian community. It was initiated following…

‘Money crisis to hit ethnic groups more’

by LAUREN CODLING ETHNIC MINORITY households may face more financial challenges following the Covid-19 pandemic as a new report exposed the “shocking” levels of economic and racial inequality in Britain. Released on Monday (27), The Colour of Money report shows Bangladeshi and black African households have 10 times less wealth…

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

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

Asian romance authors ‘can break stereotypes’

LITERARY FICTION OFTEN ‘FETISHISES’ ETHNIC MINORITY CHARACTERS by JEEVANI CHARIKA WHEN Eastern Eye asked me to write this article, it took me a while to work out how to iron out my feelings on the topic. In the end, I thought I would start by telling you about a review…

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…

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…

Illustrator Parekh stresses need to include BAME characters in literature

by LAUREN CODLING AN ASIAN illustrator has maintained that ethnic minority representation “should be the norm” in children’s literature, following the release of his first picture book. Rikin Parekh is the writer and illustrator of Fly Tiger Fly. The story centralises on Riku, who is determined to be the world’s…

Law firms’ diversity ‘pushback’

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

BMA seeks daily update on ethnicity of Covid-19 patients

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

Covid-19: UK to review BAME deaths

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

Third of critical virus patients ‘are of BAME origin’

EXPERTS have warned the government to “act now” as new statistics showed a disproportionate number of British Asians have been affected by Covid-19. New data revealed a third of patients in intensive care were of BAME heritage, while the health secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed last week that 19 NHS workers…

Relaxing lockdown too early can lead to a second wave:…

By Sabu S Padmadas Professor of Demography and Global Health University of Southampton [caption id="attachment_100122" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sabu S Padmadas[/caption] WE LIVE in anxious and uncertain times. Every day we get updates on the numbers of people who have contracted and succumbed to Covid-19, this 21st century killer disease. Yet…

Johnson owes his ‘life’ to medics as UK deaths set…

Virus-stricken prime minister Boris Johnson admitted on Sunday (12) he owed his medical team his "life" as Britain braced to pass the grim milestone of 10,000 hospital deaths from COVID-19 The country is now seeing death tolls to match Europe's hardest-hit nations Italy and Spain after recording nearly 1,000 daily…

Labour Party joins calls for probe into higher ethnic minority…

The Labour Party on Saturday (11) joined calls alongside doctors doctors for a probe into the disproportionate number of black and minority ethnic (BAME) medics dying from the novel coronavirus in the country. The move comes as UK health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that 19 NHS workers have died with…

British Indian doctors probe ethnicity factor in Covid-19 vulnerability

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

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…

Tributes to Asian race relations activist Saroj Lal

TRIBUTES have been paid to Saroj Lal, a prominent Scottish race relations activist, who died of cardiorespiratory failure on March 12, at the age of 82. Lal, a former director of the Lothian Racial Equality Council, was involved with race relations in Scotland since the 1970s through the 1990s till…

Home Office’s ‘thoughtlessness and ignorance’ about race criticised

By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future IN NORMAL times, the Windrush Lessons Learned report would have dominated the national news agenda for days, being among the most ex­traordinary dissections of a major department that any government has had to publish. Home secretary Priti Patel published the inde­pendent review within a…

Mothers at risk in maternity units in UK, says report

by LAUREN CODLING MOTHERS and babies are at risk in maternity units across the country, a report warned earlier this month. Published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), researchers of the study expressed concern that inspections of some maternity units had found similar issues to those identified by an inquiry…

Panel bans teacher who called Islam ‘cancer of the world’

THE UK education department has banned for life a primary school teacher who described Islam as “the cancer of the world”. Philip Turner, 52, had made also caustic remarks against ethnic minorities at Mary Elton Primary School in Clevedon, Somerset. The department said he had displayed “unacceptable lack of tolerance”, while…

BAME workers ‘hardest hit’ by jobs uncertainty

by LAUREN CODLING EXPERTS have warned of the “negative mental health impact” that job instability can have on young people, as a new study revealed that ethnic minorities were more likely to be in insecure employment compared to the general population. Millennials from BAME backgrounds are 47 per cent more…

Top police watchdog officer sues home office in race discrimination…

The home office is being sued by a top police officer, who claims he’s being paid less than a black female colleague because he is a white man. Matt Parr, one of the five inspectors of constabulary monitoring UK’s police forces, noted that his annual salary of £140,000 was way…

Diversity in British politics

NEXT month, the race for the Labour leader and deputy leader will come to a close. Following Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation in December, Indian-origin MP Lisa Nandy announced she would be standing as a candidate to succeed him. Meanwhile, fellow ethnic minority MPs Rosena Allin-Khan and Dawn Butler are both running…

Rosena Allin-Khan MP: ‘I want to inspire Asians to own…

by LAUREN CODLING A CANDIDATE in the race for Labour’s deputy leadership has admitted the party “lost trust with voters” following its crushing defeat in the December general election. Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan is up against fellow MPs Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray and Angela Rayner in the…

NHS sees increasing harassment and abuse of BME staff

STAFF from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds face worsening incidence of bullying, harassment and abuse, says latest NHS England data. Last year saw the highest spike in cases since the NHS started filing Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) reports in 2016. The number of BME staff reporting ill-treatment by…

Indira Varma reunites with her Game of Thrones co-star in…

by LAUREN CODLING ACTRESS Indira Varma is set to be reunited with her Game of Thrones co-star Emilia Clarke in a new play due to premiere in London next week. Varma stars in The Seagull, a newly adapted version of the classic Anton Chekhov play. First premiered in 1896, The…

BAME millennials face higher risk of unstable employment

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

BAME persons targets of stop, search in West Midlands

BLACK and Asian people are being ‘disproportionately’ stopped and searched by West Midlands Police, writes Gurdip Thandi. Figures showed that, on average, far more ethnic minority people were subject to police powers than white people in the region. A report presented to the Strategic Policing and Crime Board last Tuesday…

Cabinet reshuffle confirms diversity is new normal

  By Sunder Katwala Director of British Future THIS was expected to be a quiet reshuffle. So, the brutal Valentine’s Eve political power play which saw chancellor Sajid Javid crash out of government took Westminster by surprise. Javid had been the only Cabinet minister to receive a public commitment that…

BAME medical students face rampant racism, says BMA

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

Firms criticised for failing to improve diversity

  By Nadeem Badshah BRITAIN'S biggest companies have been slammed for their "painfully slow" progress in meeting targets for ethnic minority directors. Ahead of the 2021 deadline, only 53 of UK's largest listed firms on the London Stock Exchange have at least one director from a BAME background. The figures,…

British-Asian politicians must acknowledge their ethnic roots 

  By Barnie Choudhury Former BBC Journalist THE BBC’s Nick Robinson recently made not one but two mistakes in the course of a 20-second programme link. He did not call the MP Clive Lewis black, and he mistakenly said there were no other ‘non-white’ candidates in the Labour leadership race.…

Sikh group threatens to take Scottish ministers to court

A SIKH group has threatened to take Scottish ministers to court if they are counted as a religion rather than an ethnic minority on the census. The Sikh Federation said its community had been recognised as an ethnic group in the UK since 1983 and expressed its “disbelief” that it…

BAME music talents face lack of support, funding: Experts

  By Nadeem Badshah EFFORTS to make classical music more diverse have not gone far enough, according to industry experts. The director of the English National Opera (ENO), Martyn Brabbins, has admitted attracting talent from BAME backgrounds will be hard but believes opera groups, music schools and teachers should ensure…

‘More still needs to be done to close the ethnic…

by LAUREN CODLING ETHNIC minorities are not getting enough physical activity due to “deep-rooted inequalities”, a leading governing body warned last week. Research by Sport England last week cautioned of a stark ethnicity gap in sport which saw ethnic minorities falling short of the official physical activity targets. According to…

Ethnic minority pensioners “worse off” than white counterparts

by LAUREN CODLING BRITISH ASIANS need to be made more aware of pension schemes, experts have said, as new research showed ethnic minority pensioners are 24 per cent “worse off” annually than their white counterparts. The Measuring the Ethnicity Pension Gap report by The People’s Pension highlighted the average pensioner…

Ethnic minority talent needs to be celebrated: Activists  

  By Nadeem Badshah FEWER British Asians are taking part in the arts compared to other ethnic groups, the latest government figures have revealed. Campaigners have expressed concern after data showed that 59 per cent of Asians aged 16 and older went to an exhibition or performed in a play…

Royal visit gave Bradford ‘its self-respect and dignity back’

by LAUREN CODLING THE visit to Bradford by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last Wednesday (15) has been described as a “great moment” for the British Asian community there by a local business owner. The royal couple visited the West Yorkshire city on their first official engagement of the…

‘BAFTA should look at ACTAs to recognise ethnic minority talent’

  By Barnie Choudhury Former BBC journalist  IN FEBRUARY, the main broadcasters will be waiting to see who has won the Royal Television Society journalism awards. I have had the privilege of being one of the judges for almost a decade. Like any competition, the shortlists will be analysed, and…

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…

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

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

Jatinder Verma: ‘Ethnic artists still struggling to find acceptance in…

by LAUREN CODLING THE founder of a pioneering Asian theatre group has said he is “shocked” by the number of ethnic minority artists who still struggle to feel accepted in the arts industry. Jatinder Verma MBE, the founder and artistic director of Tara Arts, admitted he had been approached countless…

University to seek help of religious heads to enrol more…

A BRITISH university aims to raise the number of applications from the UK’s ethnic minority communities with the support of religious leaders. Oxford University is aiming to get support from imams to raise the number of ethnic minority candidates to support the youths from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged people. The…

Electing more BAME politicians will help in fighting race bias,…

by LAUREN CODLING TWO newly elected Asian politicians have stressed the importance of representation and diversity in public life, as a record number of ethnic minority MPs were sworn into parliament last month. Labour’s Apsana Begum and Munira Wilson from the Liberal Democrats were voted into the House of Commons…

‘Mayor’s Plan: Dream for developers, nightmare for Londoners‘

by MEMBERS OF CAMPAIGN GROUP, ILFORD LIVES MATTER SADIQ KHAN’S new London Plan – the framework for local planning decisions throughout the capital’s boroughs for the next 10 years or longer – has not been widely publicised, and very few people know about how it affects the lives of Londoners.…

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…

Missing from India’s citizenship law: 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees

Nearly 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees living in India are not eligible for citizenship under a new law, sparking concerns they may be forced to return to the island nation they fled during a decades-long civil war, many with no homes to return to. India's Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) aims to…

UK government urges football to intensify anti-racism efforts

The British government called on football chiefs Monday to do more to rid the sport of racism, but stopped short of launching a full-scale inquiry demanded by the domestic players' union following the latest incident in the English game. Chelsea's 2-0 win away at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the…

Almost 200 Rohingya caught fleeing Bangladeshi camps by boat

Almost 200 Rohingya Muslims sailed more than 1,500 kilometres to escape Bangladesh refugee camps only to be arrested by Myanmar's navy, the country's military said Tuesday. The boat seizure came just days after Myanmar's leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the UN's top court to deny…

‘No child should wait in care due to their race…

by NADEEM BADSHAH COUPLES should be able to adopt chil­dren of any ethnicity, experts have said, as they pointed out that those from an ethnic minority background faced a longer wait to be taken in by families. Earlier this month, Slough residents Sandeep Mander and his wife Reena won a…

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…

‘White bias shouldn’t deter BAME women researchers’

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN academics said women pursuing STEM subjects should not be deterred despite analysis revealing white researchers are more likely to receive funding for their research than ethnic minorities. Analysis of data from seven UK research councils last month showed that when compared to BAME researchers, white academics…

General Election: Record number of ethnic minority MPs elected

A RECORD number of ethnic minority MPs have been elected in the general election, figures revealed on Friday morning (13). One in ten representatives are now from an ethnic minority background, an increase from a decade ago when the figure was one in 40. There will be 65 BAME MPs…

‘Khan has proved that you can be Asian and fly…

by NADEEM BADSHAH BOXING icon Amir Khan has been praised for inspiring people from ethnic minority backgrounds to lace up their gloves and take up the sport. The former world champion will be among those featured in a new book on fighters from immigrant families of BAME heritage. Dr David…

Understanding ethnic minority voters in the General Election

By Dr Omar Khan Director of Runnymede Trust, the UK's leading independent race equality think tank.  From January this year it’s been clear that election was on the cards. Yet throughout this year, or during the election campaign itself, we’ve heard very little about ethnic minority voters. How do ethnic…

British Asian candidates set to have another good outing in…

With just days to go before the UK General Election on Thursday (12), the new Parliament set to be voted in is expected to be the most diverse in Britain's history based on projections and what experts believe has been a late surge in diversity from the country's main political…

Barnie Choudhury: ‘Met should focus its resources on policing’

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY Former BBC journalist I HAVE been really lucky during my professional career. It is not just the variety of roles I have undertaken, but the people I have been blessed to meet and from whom I have learned. In 1997, I was reporting about the Black Police…

Top British firms fail to raise boardroom diversity: Study

THE number of black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) board executives recorded a decline over the past year, latest study showed. The latest study highlighted that the dip in the BAME top executive numbers is as a result of the UK companies' failure to improve the ethnic diversity of their…

Barnie Choudhury: ‘Don’t take us for granted’

Barnie Choudhury, Former BBC journalist THERE was a time when retailers had Christmas all to themselves. But that darn prime minister of ours decided to be the Grinch and call a general election. How thoughtless, because every conversation from now until December 12 will be about who you are going…