Ethnic diversity is a fact of British life. Of the 56 million people who live in England and Wales, around 8 million, or 14%, consider themselves as belonging to an ethnic minority group. London is one of the world’s most diverse cities. Almost 40% of London’s 8 million inhabitants belong to an ethnic minority group. Britain’s ethnic minority population is growing. Forecasters predict that by 2051, 20% of the UK population will be ethnic minority and that by 2038, 50% of London’s population will be ethnic minority.
Few people would disagree that Britain’s reputation for tolerance and fairness is well deserved. We have achieved a lot to be proud of. But racial inequalities are still a feature of life in the UK today. Children from some ethnic minority groups are less likely to achieve good qualifications and are more likely to be excluded from school. Young people from some ethnic minority groups are less likely to get into a good university, less likely to achieve a top degree, and more likely to be unemployed when they graduate. Adults from
some ethnic minority groups are likely to earn lower salaries, more likely to be unemployed, and far more likely to be sent to prison.
There is still some way to go before we have a society where everyone, whatever their ethnicity, has the same opportunities to succeed in education, employment or enterprise and can expect equal treatment in the criminal justice system.
This manifesto calls for all political parties to demonstrate their commitment to ending racial inequalities in Britain. We want to see government action and leadership in four areas where
ethnic inequalities have persisted for many years; education, the labour market, enterprise and the criminal justice system. This manifesto sets out what those commitments should be and the practical actions which the government should take to end the injustice of racial inequality in Britain.
Click here to read the manifesto: Manifesto For Ending Racial Inequalities in Britain BTEG 2015