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Commission for Racial Equality Established

David Lane MPThe Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) was established by the Race Relations Act 1976 to prevent racial injustices and promote racial equality. The CRE replaced the Race Relations Board and Community Relations Commission. The first Director of the CRE was former Conservative MP, David Lane.

In February 1975, the Runnymede Trust Bulletin had reported on one recommendation of the 'Black People in Britain: The Way Forward' conference:

...in view of the need for the harmonisation of powers under the Race Relations Act, 1968, with those proposed under the legislation for the equality of women, a new national body - The National Commission for Racial Equality (NCRE) should be created to replace the Community Relations Commission (CRC) and the Race Relations Board (RRB).

The Commission's mission statement was: 'We work for a just and integrated society, where diversity is valued. We use persuasion and our powers under the law to give everyone an equal chance to live free from fear of discrimination, prejudice and racism.'

CRE logoIn addition to promoting better inter-ethnic relations and racial equality, the CRE used its legal powers to combat racial discrimination and harassment in court.

The CRE only protected race equality in England, Scotland and Wales. However, a Commission for Racial Equality for Northern Ireland with similar powers was established in 1997.

In October 2004, the CRE was dissolved into a more comprehensive single equality body for the UK, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which opened in 2007.

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