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1980s

02 April 1980
A police incident in St Paul's, Bristol sparked violent clashes.
10 December 1980
The Runnymede Trust office in London was the object of an arson attack.
19 December 1980
The 'sus' law was to be replaced by a new law of attempt and a new offence of interference with vehicles.
14 January 1981
In the first case of its kind British Leyland was held to have discriminated indirectly on racial grounds by insisting that applicants complete forms in English.
18 January 1981
13 people were killed and 29 injured in a fire that engulfed a house in New Cross, south London.
04 April 1981
Tensions between the local community and the police in Brixton escalated to riots.
03 May 1981
The Monday Club, a grouping within the Conservative Party, called for the repatriation of 50,000 immigrants each year.
30 May 1981
Dr Aggrey Burke said that, 'if you're black, and working class, there are much greater changes of being compulsorily admitted to hospital under a section of the Mental Health Act...'
17 June 1981
The TUC launched a campaign to improve the position of black workers through the publication of a 'black workers' charter'.
03 July 1981
The Daily Telegraph reported the Metropolitan Police Commissioner saying that the greatest problem for himself and successors would be 'getting along with ethnic minorities' in London.
15 September 1981
A Runnymede Trust report questioned the role of church school in a multiracial and multicultural society.
30 October 1981
The British Nationality Act, which came into force in 1983, made significant changes to the requirements for British citizenship.
31 October 1981
The Home Secretary announced an inquiry into racist organisations in Britain.
25 November 1981
Lord Scarman's inquiry into disorders in Brixton found that they were caused by built-up resentment and tensions resulting from racial disadvantage and discrimination.
31 December 1981
A Labour Force Survey report said that the unemployment rate for black people was almost twice that for white people.
21 June 1982
12 Asian men, known as the Bradford 12, were acquitted of charges of making explosive devices with the intent to cause damage to property and persons.
30 June 1982
Prison Department report included information on black people in prison for the first time. The report stated that the proportion of black people in penal establishments had been growing.
28 August 1982
In 1982, Val McCalla, a Jamaican-born accountant, founded The Voice newspaper aimed at Black Britons.
24 September 1982
Eight youths were arrested when fighting took place between a group of Asian youths and three police officers in plain clothes.
25 March 1983
The House of Lords ruled that Sikhs are a racial group as defined by the Race Relations Act 1976.
15 November 1983
Policy Studies Institute report said that racialism and racial prejudice were pervasive within the Metropolitan Police.
28 June 1984
NALGO, became the first British trade union to adopt a comprehensive policy of positive action towards black members.
15 November 1984
Runnymede Trust report said that political parties could not be trusted with securing racial equality as long as they tolerated inequality in their own ranks.
12 March 1985
New All Party Parliamentary Group on Race Relations was launched at the House of Commons.
31 March 1985
The Swann report on multiracial education said the problem facing the education system was how to educate all children for life in a multiracial and multicultural society.
23 April 1985
Britain's first black council leader, Bernie Grant, took up his post in April 1985.
25 July 1985
Britain's first black bishop was consecrated in July 1985.
30 July 1985
TUC discussion document said the gaps between union policy and what happens in practice needed to be tackled urgently.
03 September 1985
Brent Council gave its support to Britain's first voluntary-aided Muslim school.
09 September 1985
Two men died during 48 hours of rioting in the Handsworth district of Birmingham in September 1985.
29 September 1985
Following rioting in Handsworth, rioting took place in a number of other areas in September and October 1985.
08 December 1985
Diane Abbott became the first black woman to be selected to fight a seat at the General Election.
10 February 1986
Birtain's first Asian woman mayor took office.
18 March 1986
Jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing at the inquest into the death of John Mikkleson.
30 August 1986
Independent Inquiry presented serious indictment of policing before, during and after the Tottenham riot.
17 September 1986
Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, a young school student stabbed to death in school playground.
01 January 1987
The Public Order Act 1986 that defined 'racial hatred' came into force.
27 March 1987
Leeds Football Club launched a campaign against racist football fans.
11 June 1987
In the 1987 general election, four non-white candidates were elected as members of parliament. Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative Party to their third term of office.
27 July 1988
Three Appeal Court judges decided that gypsies are a distinct racial group.

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