Bilal was invited to speak at the Labour BAME (Black and Asian Minority Ethnicities) National Conference this past weekend. As one of the few PPC candidates from a BAME background, Bilal was invited to provide his insight into what the Labour Party and Party members can do to engagement with ethnic minorities. The event was organised by the Labour Party, Labour BAME, and was graciously hosted by the CWU at their offices in Birmingham.
The growing tide of disengagement from mainstream politics is worrying. It particularly harms those most vulnerable in society, and those who have moved their family to the UK to aspire to be safe and flourish. That's why the BAME movement within the Labour Party provides a great place to focus our national policies on this part of the British community.
The panel discussion included activists, student organisers and councillors, and was chaired by Khalid Mahmood MP.
Bilal said "The key theme of the day was to talk about how the Labour Party re engages with many who feel let down by politics. The core message of Bilal's talk was to try and move on beyond race as an issue in of itself. People of all walks of life care about security, about the cost of living and the NHS. National issues are BAME issues. That's something often lost when we talk about BAME communities.
Further, Labour BAME should be working with all the wider groups within the Labour Party to share best practice, to support eachother for a common cause and to support potential candidates and future leaders wherever they are found within the Party."
Labour BAME have confirmed they support Bilal's campaign against IDS, a man whose policies have done much to harm many parts of the BAME community. They are looking for the right opportunity to work with members of the Labour Party in Chingford and Woodford Green for a campaign. Watch this space.