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1970s

24 May 1971
The Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1971 decreased Commonwealth immigrants' entry and settlement rights, bringing them in line with other immigrants.
07 August 1972
In 1972 the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin ordered Asians who were not Ugandan citizens to leave the country within 90 days.
15 June 1974
Kevin Gately died in clashes between National Front members, anti-fascists and the police.
12 October 1974
In the 1974 General Election, the National Front lost all 90 deposits. Their best result was in Hackney, South and Shoreditch.
17 January 1975
A conference held in London in January 1975 recommended a new national body - The National Commission for Racial Equality.
29 May 1976
The 1976 Race Relations Act expanded on legislation formed by the 1968 Act. Importantly, the Act concentrated on addressing racial discrimination through legal procedures.
29 May 1976
The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) was established by the Race Relations Act 1976 to prevent racial injustices and promote racial equality.
22 June 1976
Robert Relf made headlines for being a 'race rebel' in 1976 when he placed a sign to advertise the sale of his home in Leamington Spa ‘to an English family only’. After refusing to take it down, he was arrested and jailed for being in breach of the Race Relations Act.
20 August 1976
In 1976, one of the UK's most important strikes began at Grunwick Photo Processing Plant. The strike was the first dispute where a majority of the strikers belonged to ethnic minorities.
30 August 1976
Riots erupted at the Notting Hill Carnival after tensions developed between the police and black youth attending the festival.
27 January 1978
In a television interview Conservative MP Margaret Thatcher claimed that British people feared being 'swamped' by immigrants from the new Commonwealth and Pakistan.
14 April 1978
In April 1978 Runnymede launched the report, 'Sus – A Report on the Vagrancy Act 1824 by Research Officer Clare Demeuth.
04 May 1978
A young Bengali man, Altab Ali, died as a result of neck injuries recieved in an apparently unprovoked knife attack in Whitechapel.
01 September 1978
In September 1978, the Runnymede Trust Bulletin included, for the first time, a section on 'race' attacks.
23 November 1978
A Birmingham nightclub was ordered to open its doors to black and Chinese people after having previously barred these groups.
24 January 1979
Virginity testing of immigrant women carried out by a doctor at Heathrow Airport.
23 April 1979
Disturbances in Southall after National Front St George's Day election meeting.
08 June 1979
George Lindo had been jailed for robbery despite strong alibis, no direct evidence against him and evidence of a false 'confession'. In June 1979, he was cleared by the Court of Appeal.
17 October 1979
British Society for Social Responsibility in Science criticised the race question in the 1981 Census on the grounds that it would be of no use to those fighting racism.
30 October 1979
Martin Webster, a leader of the National Front, was found guilty of inciting racial hatred.

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