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Blair backs Brown's man in reshuffle

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Lawrence race lessons 'ignored'

MEMBERS OF Parliament plan to use the first full House of Commons debate on the Stephen Lawrence inquiry today to highlight other cases that they say show the racist culture of the police service.

Focus: The Lawrence Inquiry - Stephen's legacy for Britain

Stephen Lawrence's case has changed society. Prominent members of the ethnic community explain why they support a day in his memory

My Week: Seven days in the life of Sir Herman Ouseley, CRE Chairman

SIR HERMAN OUSELEY is the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality. He faced a media furore this week over his defence of the CRE's decision to launch a racist advertising campaign des-igned to shock people into thinking about racism and challenging it.

Law: Charlie and the Enforcer

Lord Falconer goes from courtroom to Cabinet.

Let us now praise the surprising successes of multicultural Britain

FIFTY YEARS ago this month, on 22 June 1948, the Empire Windrush brought to this country 492 Jamaicans, the first batch of post-war black immigrants to this country. Most were young, dressed to win and full of aspiration. The Evening Standard greeted their arrival with the big bold headline: "Welcome Home."

Squeezing the mandarins

The grandest department in government is showing the strain as New Labour reforms challenge the old guard The Foreign Office is in turmoil as an elite tradition clashes with New Labour reform

Politics: Race bias is rife at heart of government

Racial discrimination and harassment are rife in the Home Office, the government department responsible for race relations, according to an internal report. Fran Abrams, Political Correspondent, says the Government is determined to tackle the problem.

Civil Service attacked over lack of Asian staff

The small number of Asians in the Civil Service and particularly in the higher ranks is a cause for "national shame", a Labour MP has claimed.

Whitehall race bar exposed

No Asians work in Whitehall's four most elite grades and ethnic minorities are under-represented at all levels of the civil service, according to a report out tomorrow.

Leading article: Black and white issue

When Lord Tebbit echoed Enoch Powell with his blood-curdling warning against multi-culturalism last week, he might have expected a warm reception from right-wing allies in the Conservative Party and tabloid press. Instead the Sun virtually ignored the speech, and while the Daily Mail reprinted it in full, they distanced themselves from the former Tory party chairman by describing him as a "maverick". The Daily Mail's leader page sagely concluded that this was an "old populist in a fury threatening to upstage a young leader in a hurry". To add insult to injury it was William Hague and not, for once, "the Chingford skinhead" who administered the political equivalent of a blow to the groin. The youthful leader's aides were instructed to describe Lord Tebbit as a dinosaur. Then, in his speech on Friday he made a plea to "see black and Asian MPs sitting on the Conservative benches in the House of Commons". The ranks of Conservative representatives, who had been rather sniffy about other parts of his pitch for "caring" Conservatism, actually applauded.

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Six years and a day after BCCI's collapse, protesters still haunt Touche Ross

A delegation of former employees and creditors of the collapsed Bank of Credit and Commerce International staged a demonstration outside the bank's liquidators, Touche Ross, yesterday - six years and a day after the BCCI collapse.

Why can't Labour be positive about black people?

Ten years ago today, a small electoral earthquake shook the House of Commons as four black MPs squeezed into Parliament. Since then another five have joined the original group, but the new Labour government is unlikely to make much of the anniversary.

Aerial warfare in Constable country

I don't quite know how to tell you this, but - after years of rather self-righteousness resistance - I now carry a mobile phone. Worse, I sometimes use it on trains. And I curse (usually inwardly) at being cut off when the train runs into an area without the signal.
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