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BAME Community Why Vote?


Wednesday, 23 October 2013 from 10:00 to 13:00 (BST)

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Weds Oct 23rd 2013, 10:00 - 13:00


Discussion on the impact, importance, patterns and relevance of votes cast by UK citizens of African/Caribbean & other BAME heritage




  • A consequence of the Government’s current austerity measures is the increasingly scarce resources available - it seems though that some communities continue to lose out more than others
  • Communities with a high percentage of BAME citizens are being targeted by vans looking for illegal immigrants
  • Confidence in the police is at its lowest level for decades
  • The 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games were won by London mainly because of the emphasis put on the capital’s diverse cultural mix.  However there are an ever decreasing number of jobs and educational, arts or sports resources available or accessible to people from those communities


Yet at the same major parties are developing strategies on how to attract votes from perhaps the most diverse electorate ever. With the younger generations in particular ever more reluctant to exercise their democratic options, the question being posed more and more often by BAME communities is:




In 2014 it will have been 100 years since the outbreak of WW1 which saw millions of people from the old Commonwealth contribute to the British war effort. This is an opportunity to discuss the degree to which these communities have achieved proportionate representation in Parliament; and the extent to which cultural diversity has been reflected in the formulation and implementation of 100 years of Government policies.






Labour: Patrick Vernon OBE, Hackney Councilor & founder of Great Black Britons Campaign

                      Lib Dems: Lester Holloway, Sutton Councillor

The Green Party:Benali Hamdache

Voice4Change: Saqib Deshmukh



Key note speech by Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote


Overview by Diane Abbott MP for Hackney North & Stoke Newington


Organized and chaired by Ngoma Bishop on behalf of BEMA  


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When & Where

House of Commons

SW1A 0AA London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 from 10:00 to 13:00 (BST)

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