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1980s

New Parliamentary Race Group

House of Commons, lobby © Jorge RoyanA new All Party Parliamentary Group on Race Relations was launched at the House of Commons on 12 March 1985. The group, chaired by Clare Short MP, with vice chairs Geoffrey Lawler MP and Robert Maclennan MP, had the support of over 70 MPs and peers from both sides of the House.

The aims of the Group were to keep MPs better informed on race issues and to act as a means through which ethnic minority organisations and individuals felt able to raise issues that concern them with Members of Parliament.

Clare Short said that the Group had been established because the problems and injustices generated by racism in Britain were so serious. There were clearly major differences of view between the political parties but she hoped that the Group would help to 'establish the standards of decency and anti racism which will lead to an improvement in the situation'.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Race Relations had a full time secretary who was funded by the Barrow and Geraldine S Cadbury Trust and was based at the Runnymede Trust.

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