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  • 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.

  • Laptop with video call
    Survey: Jun 12, 2020
    3 questions

    LDCRE believes that engaging BAME voters across the country is essential to the future success of our party. To that end we intend to hold a local party members' Q&A in July (on Zoom) so that all those who want to build this future can come together and share knowledge of what's working in local parties round the country so we can all learn from each other.

  • Triumphant Roderick
    Article: Jun 12, 2020

    After a huge amount of hard work by members of the LDCRE executive the review board for the 2019 election really had no choice but to accept that our targeting methods have written off BAME votes across the country, contributing to losses in key seats. You can read the full report here.

    In our submission we pointed out that BAME communities are now 40% of the population in London and Birmingham and over 30% in many other cities. Our party has a proud record of fighting race discrimination but we have a long way to go to ensure that our local party membership is truly representative and integrated with our local populations.

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    Article: Apr 18, 2020
    By LDCRE

    The continuing failure to record the ethnicity of Covid-19 patients is risking the lives of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) frontline NHS workers and citizens across the UK, according to the Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality (LDCRE).

    To date no record of the ethnicity of those with Covid-19 has been collected by the government. This is despite there being anecdotal evidence that Covid-19 is affecting a disproportionately high percentage of those belonging to BAME groups.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2020
    By Dr. Mohsin Khan
    We all have a part to play to safeguard our friends and families.
    Lockdown seems to be helping to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) - but we mustn't stop until the Government says so. What we, our relatives, our families and friends, do now holds everyone's health at stake.
    If we don't stay at home now, the lockdown could go on much longer - so everyone needs to keep following the Government's advice on staying at home.
    Work from home if you can. Don't go to work unless you are a key worker and you really cannot work from home. Don't leave the house except for once daily exercise near your home and to shop for essential items. Don't visit friends or family who don't live with you, and stay at least 6 feet away from other people while you're out. And make sure to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap, which kills the virus.
    This is important not just for you and your elderly or vulnerable relatives and friends - but for young and healthy people, who can also become seriously ill with the virus. The case of 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, who died from coronavirus at the end of March despite having no underlying health conditions, is a tragic reminder of this.
    There might also be increased risks for some ethnic minority groups. We just don't know yet.
    Almost a third of people who become critically ill with coronavirus are from a BAME background - over double the proportion of BAME people in the UK population.
    No one is sure why BAME people are more affected by coronavirus. There may be several factors including underlying conditions which are more common in BAME people, and higher levels of poverty.
    Whatever the reason, what we can ALL do is follow the Government's rules on handwashing and staying at home to slow the spread of the virus.
    Tell your friends and family: Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.
    Dr Mohsin Khan is a mental health doctor and Vice-Chair of Lib Dem Campaign for Race Equality. This post is not medical advice.