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  • Article: Jul 29, 2020

    Over 50 years ago, trans people of colour fought hard for our rights in the Stonewall riots, yet to this day, places such as Manchester still do not truly represent those who fought so hard.

    A city so diverse, modern and progressive by the looks but in reality this city has never seen an openly transgender politician. I say that we can do so much better. Let's get Manchester's first openly trans person of colour elected.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2020

    There are two main policy areas of work particularly relevant to BAME individuals that I've been working on at FPC and elsewhere.

    The first is as part of the exciting new online policy discussion project the Lib Dems are using - PolicyLab. This is part of a widescale policy review looking at how our policies will be changing for a World After Coronavirus. Please do go online and get involved in the discussions around this. I'm one of the co-leads for the health chapter, but also feed into the discussion by the co-leads on the other sections.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2020

    On the third time I went canvassing, at the age of just 13, I was sent to a complex of flats. These flats were mostly owned by people of Indian descent and I, as someone born in the UK but whose family originally came from Bangladesh, was confused as to why I was being sent there. At a meeting later that day, the senior figure who made me canvass that area proudly declared how we had gone to an Indian complex of flats and I had performed very well in the role of connecting with this particular community. It was very clear from this speech that this was planned to use my race to win votes. I was embarrassed but more so confused at why he thought I was meant to be the one to do this, and why everyone else (who was white), including an approved PPC, all smiled and murmured a chorus of approval.

  • Roderick Lynch and Nadya Fadi Phoenix at UK Black Pride
    Article: Jun 13, 2020

    It has been incredibly hard to complete this blog.

    I have contemplated every word, pondered every sentence, and mulled over every paragraph. In the last two weeks I have felt intense anger, grief, outrage, and sadness. I have had moments in which I see the light, other moments in which I have felt completely helpless and hopeless. The only thing I feel able to do is reflect on my last 12 months, the lessons I have learnt - and tell my story.

  • Anton and co
    Article: Jun 12, 2020

    Our committee member Anton Georgiou has led the way on this in the Labour fiefdom of Brent in January. Starting in a rather hopeless third place needing a 20% swing to win a by-election in Alperton ward, he put together a multiracial, multilingual canvassing squad and hit the whole ward.

    One BAME resident told him he'd lived there 40 years and it was the first time a Lib Dem had asked for his support. Anton managed to achieve a 28% swing and is now the first Lib Dem councillor in Brent in four years.