MPs call for government race equality strategy
08 May 2012
36 MPs have signed a parliamentary motion calling on the government to publish a race equality strategy. The group includes parliamentarians from all three major parties.
The early day motion (EDM) was signed by, among others, deputy leader of the Lib Dems, Simon Hughes and co-sponsored by Peter Bottomley, Andrew George, Caroline Lucas, Lisa Nandy and Viendra Sharma.
The EDM followed the publication of the government’s strategy 'Creating the Conditions for Integration' in February 2012. The document was criticized in a response written by Runnymede and Voice4Change England, stating that the document “does little to address the persistent racial inequalities that exist across the nation, despite the fact that the government has presented it as equivalent to a race equality strategy”.
The response was signed by 19 other organisations dealing with race relations, including Race on the Agenda, Show Racism the Red Card and the Migrants Rights Network.
The EDM can be read here
Runnymede's response to the integration strategy can be read here