Mayoral Question Time in Bristol to focus on declining Race Equality in the city.

Black South West Network and Up Our Street have organized a Mayoral Question Time in Bristol, focussing on Race Equality in the city. It aims to allow residents to engage with the candidates about the growing inequality between BAME groups (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) and the White British population of Bristol.

Recent research by the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity at Manchester University used Census data to measure the inequality gap between BAME people and white people in 348 districts across England and Wales. Their results showed that Bristol was the 7th worst district to be a BAME person in 2011. It was 56th back in 2001. The problem appears to be worsening.

A poster for the event is printed below:

 

Matt Jacobs, Interim manager of Up our Street, made the following statement:

“Whilst Bristol is a very successful city, these statistics show that only the White British community is truly benefitting from that success. It is therefore even more important for residents to get involved and use their political voice to demand an end to racial inequality in Bristol. We have had a great response from local residents who are keen to hold our politicians to account.”

The Question Time will be hosted by Pat Hart from BCfm, one of Bristol’s most popular community radio stations.  The event will also feature guest speakers Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote and Kunle Olulode, Director of Voice4Change England.

Over 200 local people are expected to attend the event, with all of the mayoral candidates except one taking part. It will take place on April 5th at 7:30pm at the City Academy in Redfield.

Book your free tickets to this event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mayoral-question-time-tickets-22646825264