Labour betrays us, say blacks
Tuesday 03 August 1999
The row erupted when Millbank revealed that its slate of 14 constituency hopefuls for the GLA elections next May contained two Asian members.
The party's embarrassment is set to deepen later this year when mayoral candidate Trevor Phillips is expected to announce that he has given up plans of standing for the assembly, The Independent has learned.
Mr Phillips' withdrawal to concentrate on the mayoral race means that there will be no high-profile black Labour candidate for the GLA and little chance of a black deputy mayor drawn from its ranks.
Several black candidates were excluded from the party's shortlist earlier this year on the grounds that they were "inexperienced" or "unsuitable".
Atma Singh, secretary of the Labour Black Representation Committee, said: "This is totally unrepresentative of the black population of London."
Lee Jasper, spokesman for Operation Black Vote and himself an excluded candidate, said the move risked leaving London with racially divided politics.
Mark Seddon, a leading left-wing member of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee, also attacked the paucity of black representation.
"If you vet people as they have done, then this the situation that results," he said. "We have a wealth of talent out there, but the black and Asian candidates never had a chance in the selection process."
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
- 3 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
£30000 - £45000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A global investment management fi...
£65000 - £75000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Senior Network Engineer-(CCIE, CC...
£70000 - £80000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Senior Network Analyst - (CCIE, C...
£60000 - £80000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Senior Network Engineer-(Design, ...