Equality and Diversity
Taunton Deane Labour’s Commitment to Equality.
Taunton Deane Labour stands firmly by the decisions made and actions taken by Keir Starmer to root out the poison of Antisemitism from our party. We believe Antisemitism and all other forms of racism have no place within our society and are proud that our members and officers have fought against this abhorrent infection since it reared it’s ugly head.
Together we will be stronger and work towards an equal society.
The Democracy Review recommended that the Labour Party gather data about the ethnic background and disabilities of its members. This will allow the Party to better understand the diversity of its membership, and ensure it is reflected at local, regional, and national level. If you identify as BAME or disabled, this Equalities Survey will be used to issue your ballots for future elections of BAME and disabled representatives in Labour Party structures. It ensures you will be fully able to participate in shaping the future of the BAME and disability sections and the party.
The Labour Party Equalities survey was launched last year. Please complete the survey if you haven’t already done so.
Impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities.
Statistical figures show more than a third of people admitted to intensive care as a result of COVID-19 are from BAME backgrounds. This is almost triple the proportion of the BAME population residing within the United Kingdom. According to the Guardian, 6 in 10 UK health workers who have lost their life to COVID-19 are BAME.
On the 11th June 2020, Scientists for Labour launched a report into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on BAME communities in the UK.
You can watch the full event and read the report following the link below:
The Labour party is working closely with the Government to identify the issue and leader Keir Starmer also initiated a review for BAME members to have their say: