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Arts Council Funding to showcase British BAME writers internationally

10 Aug , 2016  

London based literary agency Speaking Volumes has secured an international grant to showcase Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers to European audiences.

The international Showcasing Fund, awarded by Arts Council England, will enable Speaking Volumes to champion the best emerging and established contemporary BAME writers through its innovative Breaking Ground project.

As well as giving BAME poets and novelists access to an international platform to present their creative work, the European and UK Breaking Ground tour will also facilitate the growth of new overseas markets and audiences through live events and digital engagement.

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Young Labour nominates Jeremy Corbyn MP

9 Aug , 2016  

Young Labour nominates Jeremy Corbyn MP

After a balanced and comradely debate, the Young Labour national committee will be using their supporting nomination in the leadership contest to nominate Jeremy Corbyn MP.

He offers young people hope to change this country: hope for secure housing, investment in jobs and access to education for all.

Since his election in September 2015, Jeremy Corbyn MP has engaged very positively with Young Labour, attending our committee meetings and being the first Labour leader to speak to Young Labour conference in over a decade.

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New Hospital Car Parking Charges

7 Aug , 2016  

This week I was deeply disturbed to read the publication of East Lancashire Hospitals Travel Strategy Implementation Plan, which proposes to end free parking for disabled hospital users at Burnley General Hospital and Blackburn Royal. These plans are a kick in the teeth for the most vulnerable hospital users and will see blue badge holders forced to pay to park at hospitals in Burnley and Blackburn.

As you may know, I have long campaigned for carers to be able to park for free at hospitals and medical facilities.

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Colorintech, UK’s first diversity platform for tech sector launches

2 Aug , 2016  

Colorintech, the UK's first diversity platform designed to connect talented new recruits from ethnic and gender minority backgrounds to UK tech companies and start-ups, launched last month in London.

The non-profit organisation, was founded by Silicon Valley executive Don McKenzie, alongside Miranda Brawn, Chris Gordon and Ashleigh Ainsley.

Colorintech will be lobbying homegrown and foreign tech firms with a UK presence to disclose more data about the diversity of their workforce and encourage a more transparent approach to the issue.

There is currently no detailed information on the overall levels of diversity in the tech and innovation industry in the UK, althought reports suggest that less than 5% of workers in the country's tech sector are from ethnic and gender minority backgrounds, in comparison to 38% of working age BAME individuals working at American Tech companies.

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First recorded figures of FGM released

31 Jul , 2016  

The first ever recorded figures for female genital mutiliation (FGM) show that between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 5,702 new cases in England.

The data was recorded by doctors and nurses who have been obliged to do so since July 2015 and collated by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

The majority of those cases involved women and girls who had undergone FGM overseas, with more than a third (810) born in Somalia. However 18 cases took places within the UK including 11 women and girls who were born there.

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25 Jul , 2016  

Tories just can’t be trusted with our #NHS @BurnleyLabour @Hyndburn_Labour

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19 Jul , 2016  

Totally disgraceful behaviour. I hope police & @LBofBromley are investigating this @BurnleyLabour @Hyndburn_Labour