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Grassroots Black Left calls on Labour to take action to promote more black and minority ethnic candidates at elections

LABOUR needs to implement decisions to ensure it has more black and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates in local and parliamentary elections, a grassroots campaign group says.

Grassroots Black Left (GBL) welcomed Labour’s commitment at its annual conference to tackle the under-representation of BAME people as candidates, but argued the party leadership “must act to make it happen.”

GBL co-chair Deborah Hobson said: “Grassroots Black Left calls on Labour to act on its commitment to greater black representation by encouraging local parties to have voluntary all-black shortlists and all-black-women shortlists in its selections for representatives to hold public office.

“We know the argument is used that mandatory all-black shortlists fall outside the law. But there have been voluntary ones based on positive action that have resulted in a black MP being elected.”

GBL said BAME voters secure the election of 50 Labour MPs.

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