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Black political candidates ‘face discrimination’

A DAMNING report on electoral campaigning practices has found that discrimination or the fear of discrimination is discouraging black candidates from standing for political office.

The cross-party parliament inquiry on discrimination in electoral practices, chaired by Natascha Engel MP, examined a range of issues including the way candidates are selected and the language used in campaign leaflets.

Oritsé and AJ step out in Uganda for Comic Relief

FRESH FROM winning ITV1’s celebrity dance show Stepping Out, JLS star Oritsé Williams and his musician girlfriend AJ Azari, flew out to Uganda to see first-hand how money from Comic Relief’s Common Ground Initiative, which is co-funded by the UK Government, is changing the lives of women and children affected by HIV.

'No forensic evidence' that Mark Duggan touched gun

NO FINGERPRINTS or DNA belonging to Mark Duggan were found on the gun he was alleged to have been holding when police shot him dead, an inquest jury has heard.

The claim was made by Metropolitan Police fingerprints expert Jacqueline Landais, who gave evidence yesterday (November 13) at the Inquest into Duggan’s death.

Duggan, 29, was travelling in a taxi in August 2011 when he was intercepted by police in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, as part of an intelligence-led operation.

The officer who shot Duggan claim he fired in self-defence after the Tottenham resident pointed a gun at him.

Train kills man after police chase

A MAN who was being pursued by police in northwest London has died after being hit by a train.

Metropolitan Police confirmed the death of the man believed to be in his 20s – officers stopped him yesterday (November 12) at 4.25pm in Christchurch Avenue under suspicion of drug possession.

He then ran away from the two officers, who both followed him on foot, the force said, and he was “pursued and observed from a distance for around 40 minutes” in a chase supported by a helicopter and dog unit.

Five police officers suspended over death of Leon Briggs

FIVE BEDFORDSHIRE police officers and two members of staff under investigation have been suspended over a recent death in custody.

Leon Briggs, 39, died last Monday (Nov 4) after being held at a Luton police station under section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

The suspensions were announced just hours before angry residents spoke of their concern over the death at a public meeting held at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts last night (Nov 11).

Midwives ‘left four-day-old baby in cupboard’

TWO MIDWIVES at an Essex hospital placed a four-day-old baby on its stomach in a cupboard meant for stationery so its mother could sleep, a tribunal has been told.

The midwives – Yvonne Musonda-Malata, 35, and Christine Onade, 46 – are accused of failing their duty to provide correct care at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

Both are facing a tribunal before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) over the incident that is alleged to have taken place in April 2011.

The pair deny the allegation, and also reject accusations they failed to record when they fed the baby.

Labour to decide Brent Central parliamentary candidate

MEMBERS OF the Labour selection committee in Brent Central have held a meeting today to select from a range of black activists vying to become the party's next parliamentary candidate for the constituency.

Former Labour MP Dawn Butler, Hackney councillor Patrick Vernon, and former Vauxhall councillor Kingsley Abrams are among those fighting to stand as the Labour candidate for the northwest London constituency at the next general election.

Govt to get tough on companies using unpaid interns

THE DEBATE over the exploitation of interns has resurfaced after Revenue and Customs’ pledged to crackdown on companies using free labour.

The move is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' initiative to ensure interns understand their rights to be paid for the work they do, and where to turn for help and support.

HMRC, which enforces the minimum wage, has promised to contact 200 employers who have recently advertised for interns as well as unpaid work to ensure they paying the correct wage.

Music videos exploiting black women's bodies

MUSIC VIDEOS are continuing to over-sexualise and demean young black women, female empowerment campaigners have said as they launch a campaign for better protection.

End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition, Imkaan and OBJECT are now working together to call for age restrictions on music videos whether they are sold in shops or viewed online.

It follows growing concern that young female artists like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are baring more and more flesh to maintain their popularity.

Illegal immigrant children 'denied' basic human rights

A DAMNING new report claims children of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants are being denied access to their basic rights and assistance to attain legal status in the UK.

The study, Growing Up in a Hostile Environment: The Rights of Undocumented Migrant Children in the UK, was published by the Coram Children's Legal Centre and is being backed by former children’s minister Sarah Teather.

According to the report, the proposed immigration bill will introduce further restrictions on children whose lives are already face limitations because of their parent’s immigration status.