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Victories for Sadiq Khan and Marvin Rees show positive signs for diversity in politics

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BME mayors of London and Bristol send a positive message about ethnic diversity
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Following a flurry of elections on what was dubbed “Super Thursday” the British political landscape has plenty of new faces in it. Two of the newly elected mayors are from BME backgrounds, and this is a great sign for everyone who is fighting for more diversity in politics.

Voice4Change write letter to Cabinet Office opposing planned "Anti-Advocacy Clause"

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Voice4Change join The Charity Finance Group and the LGBT Consortium in urging the Government to re-consider the Anti-Advocacy clause. 
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The Anti-Advocacy Clause to be inserted into charity contracts has been widely criticized since it was first revealed as Government policy. Voice4Change has joined the criticism of this controversial, charity-gagging policy, and written this letter to Matt Hancock, urging him to reconsider the policy. 
 

Bristol Mayoral Elections - who will Bristol back?

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Kunle Olulode reflects on the hustings in Bristol - focussing on racial issues in the city. 
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It’s a Tuesday night in Bristol at the City Academy‘s Fielden Theatre. Eleven of the thirteen candidates standing for Mayor of the city are gathered behind an extended top table in front of a packed live audience. This hustings has been called by the voluntary sector led by Black South West Network and grass roots campaigners ‘Up Our Streets’.

A chat with Peter Whittle

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The UKIP mayoral candidate talks to Voice4Change about multiculturalism, Grammar Schools, and being gay in UKIP. 
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This is part of V4CE's ongoing interview series with candidates from a range of political parties. We do not endorse any political party, or necessarily the views of Peter Whittle

 

The UKIP candidate for London Mayor has argued that having more Grammar Schools would increase social mobility for BAME people.

A chat with Sian Berry

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The Green mayoral candidate tells Voice4Change of her plans to introduce anonymous job applications if she becomes London Mayor.
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This is part of V4CE's ongoing interview series with candidates from a range of political parties. We do not endorse any political party, or necessarily the views of Sian Berry

 

The London mayoral candidate for the Green Party has told Voice4Change that she would introduce anonymized job applications for all recruitment to City Hall, including the police and fire service.

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

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After a recent study showed growing racial inequality in Bristol, the Mayoral Candidates will gather to address this issue.
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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.

Big beasts lock horns at the first EU referendum debate

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Nick Clegg and Alan Johnson squared off against Andrea Leadsom and Nigel Farage for the first EU referendum debate - hosted by the Guardian. 
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The first high profile debate of the EU referendum campaign kicked off in style last night, as senior inners and outers fought it out in front of 2000 people at the London Palladium.

 

V4CE statement on anti-advocacy clause

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Voice4Change Director Kunle Olulode declares his opposition to the Government's plans to insert "Anti-advocacy" clauses into charity contracts. 
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Many of you will be aware of the government’s plans to insert an anti-advocacy clause into all new and renewed grant agreements from May this year. This means that charities who receive Government grants will be banned from using those funds to lobby for changes in Government policy. Many charities have voiced concerns about this. The heads of 130 charities wrote a letter to the Prime Minister earlier this month urging him to reconsider the policy.

"What's that got to do with me?" Galloway baffled by "aid convoy" story

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George Galloway talks to Voice4Change about claims that an ISIS executioner came to the Middle East with his aid convoy in 2009
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George Galloway spoke to Voice4Change today as part of our interview series with London Mayoral candidates.

Communications Officer Ben Andrew asked Galloway about the story on the front of today's Metro - linking his aid convoy in 2009 to ISIS executioner Alexanda Kotey travelling to Syria. 

Galloway denounces the story. "If MI5 and MI6 didn't know that he was a potential terrorist," he said, "how am I meant to know?"

You can listen to the clip here:

https://soundcloud.com/benjamin-andrew-374339183/galloway-on-kotey

Webinar on Equality, Diversity and Community Asset Transfer

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V4CE Director Kunle Olulode joined Yvonne Field of UBELE in a webinar about community asset transfer. Watch the video here.
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Voice4Change director Kunle Olulode and Yvonne Field of UBELE held a Webinar last month discussing the key issues affecting BME groups regarding community asset transfer.

A recently published report "A Place to Call Home" (2015) suggests that local authorities and other key stakeholders need to do more to make the Community Rights agenda more inclusive. 

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