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Black Lib Dem resigns in protest over 'racist' remark

THE LIBERAL Democrats are failing to tackle racism and promote black people in the party, a former secretary to the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats has claimed.

Lester Holloway, who joined in 2008, quit the party after being angered by a commenter on a forum, who he said suggested that Africans "do not know what a toilet is".

The media professional accused party members on the Lib Dem site of "tolerating extreme racism" after, he claimed, the statement was not challenged.

He also raised concerns about diversity in the party and its lack of action on race and equality issues.

Appeal for girl, 15, who has been missing for two weeks

POLICE IN southeast London are becoming increasingly concerned over the welfare of a 15-year-old girl, who was reported missing two weeks ago.

Brittney Riggan was last seen leaving her home address in Tideslea Path on October 27 at approximately 1:30pm, but has since failed to return home.

Officers have described the teenager as "a light-skinned black girl, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, of large build, and is believed to have recently dyed part of her hair red, and had one side of her hair cut in a short distinctive style."

Thousands of black people dying due to London's car culture

LIFE-LONG ACTIVIST Donnachadh McCarthy is a man who takes pride in practising what he preaches. Once known as the “conscience of the Liberal Democrats”, the 55-year-old Irishman is leading the charge to change London’s transport culture out of compassion for his fellow citizens and Mother Nature.

Co-founder of direct action group Stop Killing Cyclists, McCarthy is busy organising November 15’s central London demonstration calling for the capital’s authorities to implement further policies and infrastructure that truly revolutionise cycling and walking in the capital.

‘Mental illness is not a curse’

A YOU TUBE film to debunk the myths and stigmas surrounding mental health in the Ghanaian community will provoke important debate on the issue, its organisers say.

The Ghanaian State of Mind, the brainchild of counsellor Abigail Baah – who also co-produced the film – highlights the warning signs and symptoms of mental health problems. It also aims to eradicate the stigma that is often associated with this type of illness within African communities.

According to research, black people in the UK are more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Memorial to young gun and knife victims

“STRONG men don’t need no guns” – was message echoed in the form of a song at the anniversary celebration of a charity run by one of the UK’s most prominent anti-gun crime campaigners.

Tom Pritty, the song’s writer and producer, shared the message of the song specially written for the 12th annual memorial service for Gleen Reid’s charity Families for Peace (FFP), which remembers and honours those who have lost loved ones to gun and knife crime.

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‘My son is my greatest triumph’

BATTLING THROUGH racist and male chauvinistic stereotypes about what black women can achieve, to become one of the most senior black lawyers in the UK pharmaceutical industry is an achievement that would make anyone proud.

But for multi-award-winning lawyer and single mother Funke Abimbola, her “greatest triumph” is her 12-year-old son.

The Nigerian-born legal star and supermum is in the running for the title of Tesco Mum of the Year in 2015.

‘Britain could benefit from Commonwealth immigration’

A CONTROVERSIAL report calling for an open door immigration rule for parts of the Commonwealth has sparked debate about the effectiveness of current policies.

The report by Commonwealth Exchange, a policy foundation that promotes trade, suggests that talented people from the Commonwealth are being discriminated against, as figures show the lowest levels of net migration outside the EU since 1998.

It argues that the UK is missing out on great economic benefits because its “outdated immigration policy” is preventing skilled Commonwealth citizens from coming to the country.

Hannah Defoe aunt recounts swimming pool tragedy

THE AUNT of a popular dancer who died in the Caribbean described how she was rushed to hospital after suffering a series of electric shocks when she leapt into a swimming pool in a bid to save her niece, an inquest heard last week.

Student Hannah Defoe, 20, of Enfield, north London – the cousin of footballer Jermain Defoe – died on the second day of a dream trip to the paradise island of St Lucia after jumping into a hotel pool that had a live electric current surging through it.

London police launch ‘give up your gun’ campaign

LONDON’S POLICE force has initiated a two-week “surrender” scheme offering a chance for people to handover weapons and bullets at police stations.

With social media in mind, the police have dubbed the campaign “#giveupyourgun”, and the scheme begins from November 10 to November 23.

According to police, those handing in prohibited arms “may not face prosecution for illegal possession and they can remain anonymous, however each live weapon will be forensically checked for evidence.”

Wait continues for release of Myles Litchmore-Dunbar

A YOUNG British man who was cleared on Monday (Nov 3) of murdering a 19-year-old in Malia, Greece, is still waiting to gain his freedom.

Myles Litchmore-Dunbar remains in remand at an Athens detention centre after 16 months of being held by Greek police, while his family “are feeling absolutely devastated” that the wait goes on, said the family’s legal representative.

The 20-year-old student was found not guilty of murdering 19-year-old Tyrell Matthews-Burton, who was stabbed outside of a nightclub during a mass brawl in July 2013.