Doreen Lawrence speaking at Scotland Yard last week

To cure the Met's race bias, start at the top

The Stephen Lawrence case is still exposing flaws in police policy

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve succeeds Trevor Phillips at Equality and Human Rights Commission

Academic Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve was today confirmed as the new chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Trevor Phillips, EHRC chairman, leaves next month

Race row erupts at equality watchdog as staff say all managers will be white

Ethnic minorities, women and disabled staff go in latest redundancies

‘Ed Sullivan said I was a flash in the pan. He was right’: McKenzie (centre) with The Mamas & the Papas in 1967

Scott McKenzie: Singer best known for his Summer of Love anthem for San Francisco

In 1967, the residents of Monterey, a quiet fishing village on the coast of California, were worried about hosting a rock festival as they feared that thousands of  pot-smoking, free-loving hippies would come from San Francisco and ruin the area.

Of those stopped by police, 17 per cent were Asian and 10 per cent black

Fact File: Race and the Met

Thirty-two years after the first black officer Norwell Roberts applied to the Metropolitan Police “as a joke” the inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation released its report. Apparently little had changed.

Ministers failed to take full account of cuts impact, says equality watchdog

Ministers failed to take account of how key elements of its public sector cuts programme would impact on women, ethnic minorities and the disabled, Britain’s official equality watchdog concludes today.

Naseem Khan: We should celebrate diversity, not suppress it

My experiences have challenged the usefulness of integration from above

Livingstone to give partial apology for 'Nazi guard' insult

Ken Livingstone was dealt a fresh blow last night when it emerged the Commission for Racial Equality had referred his remarks about a journalist to a local government watchdog to see whether he had breached the Race Relations Act.

School system 'is failing black boys'

Ofsted, the school inspectorate, has started to judge schools as failing because their teachers are not promoting racial equality, the head of Britain's anti-racist watchdog claimed yesterday.

Pola Manzlia Uddin: Stranded in the slipstream of multiculturalism

Our parents' generation are devastated when they see their grandchildren still living in social decay
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee