UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 23, 2017 at 11:44 am / by


I was pleased to take part in the debate on the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination. I spoke a number of times on issues relevant to the lives of Hampstead and Kilburn’s residents, exchanging views with my constituency neighbour Dawn Butler in the process.

At the heart of my contributions were the findings of a 2016 Report from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. This included the ongoing problem of racial profiling in policing, particularly the gratuitous use of stop-and-search towards young men. I also raised the underemployment of BME people with degrees and the depressing reality that once they are employed they are paid an average of 21.3% less than their white counterparts.

The UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination commemorates the Sharpeville Massacre, in which police turned their guns on protestors, killing 69 and injuring hundreds. The Parliamentary debate sought to ensure Parliament fully and formally acknowledged the day. My full contributions to the debate can be read here.