LABOUR LEADER: Ed Miliband (PA)
I HAD a bit of an appetite last week so I gatecrashed the Labour Party’s annual ‘diversity dinner’ organised by Keith Vaz MP.
Last year was the first ‘diversity dinner’ and I must say that there were a lot more black people in attendance. The likes of Sky TV presenter Gillian Joseph, for example, and a smattering of black millionaires were there to represent.
But this time around it really was ‘spot the black man/woman’.
I spotted Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna along with former Brent MP Dawn Butler, the writer Bonnie Greer and a handful of others.
It couldn’t have gone unnoticed to the leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband that for a dinner hosting more than five hundred people it wasn’t so much ‘diversity’ than an Asian occasion. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not diverse enough to warrant the tag.
Should the Labour Party be worried? Of course they should. They should be petrified. This dinner was given on the same day that former Chief Whip of the Tories, Andrew Mitchell, wrote a piece in the press calling on his party to woo the black vote, that vote that traditionally went to Labour by default.
Let’s not forget that the ‘black vote’ was identified by Operation Black Vote as the ‘kingmaker’ vote, the one that will make the difference as to who gets the keys to No 10. It’s YOUR vote.
Come to think of it, not even Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote was at this Labour ‘diversity dinner.’
Nor were all the other black MPs - Diane Abbott, David Lammy, Chi Onwurah, or any of the Labour peers like Doreen Lawrence.
If Ed Miliband can’t even get his own black MPs and peers to show up at a ‘diversity dinner’ where he is the guest of honour, he is in deep, deep trouble.