Ahead of the General Election, CRER reviewed the manifestos for Scotland’s main political parties to evaluate the inclusion of race equality proposals. Common themes emerge in the manifestos – pay gaps, employment, equality legislation, discrimination in public services, political representation, hate crime – but with different approaches and foci. Overall, there has been considerably more attention offered to race in this election than in the 2015 General Election and in the
Author Dorothea Brande once said, “A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.” In the case of tackling racial inequality in Scotland, several political parties are neither interested in stating the problem nor developing policies to solve it, at least according to their 2016 election manifestos. The problem is that minority ethnic groups in Scotland are disadvantaged and discriminated against in a range of measures. 28% of Scots feel that there is sometimes a good rea
Our latest Election 2015 blog interview features Sanjoy Sen, Scottish Conservative Candidate for Aberdeen North, who was inspired to stand for election after the Referendum campaign. Sanjoy is a chemical engineer and currently a self-employed consultant specialising in the oil and gas sectors. He got involved in politics after the referendum campaign. 1) What inspired you to stand as an election candidate?
Like many people in Scotland, I was energised by the independence re
In the second of our Election 2015 blog interviews, Pramod Subbaraman (Liberal Democrat candidate for Edinburgh South) shares his views on race equality in the political world.
Pramod explains: "I was born and raised in Southern India and moved to the UK in 2005 at the age of 28. I moved at that time as I was invited by the Department of Health to help fill the shortage of dentists in the English NHS. It was not an easy ride as there were a lot of hurdles erected for immigr
In the run up to the 2015 General Election on 7th May, we’re interviewing some of Scotland’s minority ethnic MP candidates to find out what inspires them in their political life. Our first interviewee is George Jabbour, Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for Inverclyde. Biography George was born in Syria. He spent the first 22 years of his life there. After graduating from Damascus University with a Civil Engineering degree, George came to Britain in 2004 to study f
With only two months left till the European Parliament (EP) elections, CRER decided to host an informative session and a political hustings surrounding all things European Parliament. Our goal was to provide people with more insight, information and knowledge of the EP and its functions but also present people with an opportunity to hear from the Scottish European Parliament candidates directly. The informative afternoon session was led by Mr Per Johansson, the Head of the Eu