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Theresa May outlines Tory race equality policies

Posted by Vicki 28 April 2010 : anti-terrorism , criminal justice , education , election , DNA database , EHRC , Conservative ,

Following blog posts written by Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg for the Operation Black Vote blog outlining their parties’ race equality policies, Theresa May has today highlighted how the Tories plan to help BME communities.

May – who is the party’s equalities spokesperson – argues in the post that the Conservative Party is committed tacking discrimination and promoting equality. She states that there is clear evidence that race is a “key influence” on individual achievement, highlighting the disproportionate number of black children excluded from school and the low numbers of BME students attending Oxford University.

She states that the party supported the Equality Act in parliament and adds that the Equality and Human Rights Commission will have a continuing role in protecting the rights of individuals and groups.

On criminal justice, May states that the Tories will review indefinite retention of innocent people’s DNA and will also review the government’s controversial PREVENT programme.

She argues that a representative police force is “crucial” in building the confidence of ethnic minority communities.

Focusing on education, May argues that the Conservatives’ schooling plans will help BME children. In addition, regarding exclusion rates for black pupils she states that more research is needed into what works best for children excluded from mainstream provision.

The full post is available on the Operation Black Vote blog.