Race to change the face of UK’s diplomatic service
Campaigners want the civil service to reflect British society in order for the country to make progress
by NIKESH MEHTA OBE, FOUZIA YOUNIS and MUNA SHAMSUDDIN ON A cold autumn afternoon last month, nearly 200 British civil servants and diplomats packed into the Locarno Room at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to mark a historic moment. For the first time in such detail, the history of black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) staff in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – our history – was published and discussed. The note, Black Skin, Whitehall: Race and the Foreign Office, 1945 to 2018, written by FCO historian James Southern tells the story of BAME officers in the context of…
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