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Ed Miliband pledges radical solution to end race inequality

LABOUR LEADER Ed Miliband yesterday pledged a radical strategy for delivering racial equality that will be implemented in every government department if his party wins next year’s general election.

Speaking at a Black History Month event in Croydon, the politician, who could be the next UK prime minister, outlined the initiative which will address inequalities in education, health, the police and stop and search.

It will also tackle the lack of diversity in senior management in the private and public sectors, and a range of other issues that specifically affect the black community.

The decision, the leader says, was influenced by the Realising One Nation: Developing a new race equality strategy for Labour consultation - part of the party’s policy review on race equality.

Speaking to a packed room at a Croydon Town Hall annex, Miliband urged the community to hold him to his word.

He said: "When you look at racial injustice it covers every department and every walk of life. That is why I am committing today, in front of you as my witnesses, to saying in the first year of a Labour government elected in May 2015, we will implement across every single government department, a strategy for delivering racial equality.

"Why is that important? Because it covers everything from diversity in the civil service, in the judiciary, in the public sector - where we have miles to go and it is totally inadequate - and the reform of stop and search where there are huge concerns…"

Miliband also took challenging questions from residents on a range of issues including housing, political representation and university fees.

Speaking to The Voice after the event, he said: "I think you are reminded that there are huge issues of injustices that the black community faces, and it is really important that we tackle them.

"Our strategy on putting race equality at the heart of the government is really important, because it is going to look across every government department and say right what are the issues here? How do we tackle this and make every government department step up to the mark on race equality?"

He added: “I don’t think it has ever been done before in that way.”

A special report on this event will appear in The Voice next Thursday (Oct 30)

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