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Tackle prejudice, racism and discrimination

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We will tackle prejudice, racism and discrimination...

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.22

Our verdict

  • This is a wide-reaching promise to tackle the significant and longstanding social problems of prejudice, racism and discrimination.
  • In July 2020, the government announced the establishment of a Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities to “examine the cause of persistent disparities – considering racism and discrimination”.  The commission held a consultation to inform its review process and plans to issue its full report in February 2021.  The Prime Minister’s senior adviser on ethnic minorities wrote of his fear that the Conservative Party was pursuing “a politics steeped in division” in February 2021, following controversy over comments on Twitter made by the Minister for Equalities.
  • The new commission has been criticised as inadequate, and the decision to appoint Dr Tony Sewell as its chair faces a legal challenge. The leaked resignation letter from the Prime Minister’s adviser raises doubt over the intent of government policy in this area, but given that the stated aim of the commission is to “set out a new, positive agenda” and to “make recommendations for action”, it can be seen as evidence of the government’s efforts to fulfil its pledge, so for now this policy remains ‘in progress’.

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