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Labour withdraws subsided BAME speech tickets

SPEECH: Jeremy Corbyn

THE Labour Party announced it had reversed a decision to lower ticket prices for ethnic minorities attend­ing a speech by leader Jeremy Cor­byn after it was deemed to be poten­tially unlawful.  

Corbyn is due to speak at the East Midlands Regional Conference in Loughborough on February 17, and the party had set the price at £40, but with a £10 discount for BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) attendees.  

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen made a complaint to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Britain’s national equality body, ac­cusing the main opposition party of discrimination.  

The commission responded by pointing out that “charging people different rates because of their race is unlawful discrimination unless it can be shown that this is a propor­tionate way of addressing low levels of participation”.  

Labour insisted that the party was trying to increase participation from within minority communities, but removed the discount.  

“The Labour Party is taking advice on other ways we can increase the representation of BAME members at the East Midlands Regional Confer­ence in February,” said a party spokesperson.  

“The intention behind the BAME pass was to increase the representa­tion of under-represented groups which remains a priority for the party.”