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PHILIP DAVIES MP BOMBARDED WATCHDOG IN ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’ CAMPAIGN

A Tory MP has bombarded the government’s equalities watchdog with a series of extraordinary letters about race and sex discrimination, in a one-man campaign against “political correctness”. In the latest of 19 letters sent since April 2008, and likely to dismay equal rights campaigners, Philip Davies asks Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission: “Is it offensive to black up or not, particularly if you are impersonating a black person?” In a postscript to the letter, he asks “why it is so offensive to black up your face, as I have never understood this”. Davies, MP for...

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LIVERPOOL’S BME TEACHER NUMBERS UNCHANGED IN 20 YEARS

A study of teachers in Liverpool has found the proportion of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff has remained unchanged in 20 years despite the city’s history of racial unrest. In 1989, an inquiry set up by the city council and headed by Lord Gifford into policing and social conditions in the Toxteth area found widespread inbuilt racist attitudes, even though the city had a long-established black community. It described the situation as “uniquely horrific”. The new study comes after landmark research commissioned by teaching union the NASUWT published earlier this month discovered an “endemic culture of institutional racism” was...

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GOOD NEWS FOR WOMEN

The government’s violence against women strategy is welcome – now it must co-ordinate this approach, including internationally You may not know that 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Where’s the good news? After years of lobbying, the UK government has delivered what we’ve all been asking for – a cross-governmental violence against women strategy. The scale of the problem facing the government should not be underestimated. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread abuses of human rights both here and abroad. It affects one in three women globally and...

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GARETH THOMAS: MY STORY

Gareth Thomas’ decision to talk publicly about his homosexuality made him the first openly gay professional rugby player. As the dust finally settled on the revelation that sent shockwaves through the sporting world, the former Wales captain told Delme Parfitt why he felt the time was now right to come out – and how those closest to him had reacted to the news GARETH THOMAS had the look of a man finally at peace with himself as he relaxed at his cottage in the Vale of Glamorgan village of St Brides Major yesterday. His Cardiff Blues side may have lost...

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SUPPORT LACKING FOR DISABLED TEENAGERS AT TIME OF TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD

Levels of state provision for move to adult services vary widely across country leaving charities to plug gaps Lack of state support for disabled teenagers as they move into adulthood means they are held back from living independently, with some even forced to go into residential care homes for the elderly, according to research published today (November 12, 2009). Young people and their families told the think tank New Philanthropy Capital the move from child to adult services at the age of 18 was so frightening it made them feel they were on a “cliff edge”. The help available varies...

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GENDER PAY GAP STILL AS HIGH AS 50%, UK SURVEY SAYS

• Women worst off in West Somerset with 53% gap • Strong public support for law to expose unfair wages Women are paid less than half as much as men in some parts of the UK, according to statistics published today that reveal huge regional variations in the pay gap between male and female workers. Nationally, women earn an average of 21% an hour less than men for full- and part-time work. The Fawcett Society’s data shows that this figure is 53% in West Somerset, while in Windsor and Maidenhead it is 49% and in South Northamptonshire 43%. The smallest...

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EQUALITY BILL TAKES AIM AT ‘INSTITUTIONAL AGEISM’ IN NHS

Ageism within the NHS and social care is set to be made illegal after a review of the treatment of older people found discrimination was “rooted” in the attitudes of staff and organisations. The health secretary, Andy Burnham, said the services would be bound by the equality bill currently being debated in parliament from 2012,earlier than had been expected. The announcement came as Sir Ian Carruthers, the chief executive of NHS South West, and Bristol council chief executive Jan Ormondroyd unveiled the findings of their investigation into the barriers facing the elderly, which was launched amid a spate of ageism...

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AWARDED TO BARACK OBAMA

The US president, Barack Obama, was today (October 9, 2009) awarded the 2009 Nobel peace prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”. US president wins prize for ‘extraordinary efforts’ to improve world diplomacy and co-operation… The Nobel committee said “only rarely has a person such as Obama captured the world’s attention and given his people hope for a better future”. “His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s...

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WHY ARE BLACK PEOPLE TURNING TO ISLAM?

Some are following their heroes, others looking for meaning in their lives. One thing’s for sure – the numbers are growing… Black conversion or “reversion” to Islam is not new; it has been taking place in the African diaspora since time immemorial. However, I looked deeper into the phenomenon to find out why a growing number of Black Britons, especially younger ones, are embracing Islam. Although I am not a Muslim, I have always been interested in Islam – three of my all-time heroes, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Jamaican singer Prince Buster were Muslim converts, and I was intrigued...

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SIKH POLICEMAN WINS £10,000 AWARD AFTER TURBAN ROW

A Sikh policeman ordered to remove his turban to do riot training was awarded £10,000 compensation today by an employment tribunal. PC Gurmeal Singh, who joined Greater Manchester police in 2004, had objected to removing his turban for the course on religious grounds. After a three-week hearing in Manchester, he was awarded £3,500 for indirect racial and religious discrimination and £6,500 for harassment after suffering psychological damage, injury to feelings and personal injury. In a meeting with a sergeant to discuss the riot training, he was told: “Can you not take that thing off … this is what you signed...