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Political parties in last chance saloon

The Lords will debate bringing party politics under race laws

The House of Lords is set to debate amendments to the Equality Bill that would greater encourage diversity within Political Parties.

We reported back in January the efforts Ann Begg MP made to amend the Equality Bill, that would force political parties to publish every six months the progress they are making in ensuring that their political party is more inclusive and representative. The amendment was thrown out, but it is back again in a last chance effort to ensure parties are accountable in this important process.

OBV strongly believes we should be including legislative change that would allow political parties the choice to use ‘ all BME shorts’, the reality is that will not happen. This latest measure is the bare minimum they can do.

We implore them not to lose this very basic opportunity that should make a significant difference as to how political parties operate.

Simon Woolley

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2 Responses

  1. Here is a really cute explanation of the equalities bill. All bills should be presented like this …

    http://bit.ly/ayp59K

    Imran

  2. For ease of reference, the relevant parts of Hansard (Lords) are between 2 Mar 2010 columns 1392 and 1397 (inclusive). The relevant parts of the Bill are clauses 4 to 12, and 104 to 106.

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