Participation and Politics

Runnymede’s policy work is a critical part of our work to tackle racial inequality in society. We take pride in the range of reports, policy responses and parliamentary briefings which we have produced over the years.


Runnymede currently acts as secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community. We believe that an active APPG is essential to engage cross-party parliamentarians access to top-level discussion on race equality which is centred on evidence and research. The APPG on Race and Community’s priorities for 2021 are: the impact of COVID-19; participation and democracy; race and racism in education; racial injustice in the criminal justice system. Recent events we have held with parliamentarians have covered topics ranging Voter ID legislation, Race and Elections and BME electoral turnout, and the ‘Hostile Environment’ immigration policy.


Participation isn't only about political parties and formal political institutions. A core part of Runnymede’s work is to engage civil society and BME-led organisations to participate more widely, and encourage the BME electorate to exercise their right to vote and have their voices heard by parliamentarians. 


The Runnymede Trust is currently writing a report providing a civil society perspective to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s (CERD) examination of the situation of race and racism in England. We are drafting the report following consultation with over 100 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working to promote race equality and human rights. The call for evidence for this report received over 60 written submissions from institutions, academics, civil society organisations and individuals. It is due for publication in July 2021.


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