Black History Month – Political Representation

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How much progress does the election of 6 minority ethnic MSPs show?

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in partnership with Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

The Scottish Parliament elections in May resulted in six minority ethnic members– a positive leap on the previous two male ethnic minority MSPs. How much progress does this signal in a political world that needs to be representative of a Scotland with a 4% ethnic minority population? Why did it take so long and what are the barriers and solutions?

Join our panel to discuss ‘political window-dressing’; shortlists; diverse selection committees and deep-rooted inequalities in an on-going campaign to ensure political democracy and diversity.

Chair: Alison Johnstone MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament


Kaukab Stewart MSP

Pam Gosal MSP

Foysol Choudhury MSP

Jatin Harai, Executive Officer, CRER


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This is the 17th year that the Scottish Parliament has hosted The Festival of Politics.

Taking place over five days, our free online panel sessions allow you to have your say and debate if the world has gone past its tipping point or if it can be saved through science, technology and innovative action. Themed around the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals, we will also explore the impact of climate on other issues such as poverty and inequality.

Book your free tickets now and find out more about Scotland’s place in tackling the world’s climate crisis as it prepares to host global leaders for the COP26 conference.

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