Chinese for Labour and the Labour Party's General Secretary, Iain McNicol, are delighted to invite you to celebrate Chinese New Year at a special reception at One Brewers Green on Tuesday, 17 February from 6.30 - 8.30 pm.
Our special guest speaker is the Leader of the Labour Party, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP. We will also be joined by members of the Shadow Cabinet including Chuka Umunna MP, Labour's Shadow Business Secretary.
Buffet food and drinks will be served
Chinese for Labour's co-founder, Lady Katy Blair collected her MBE at Buckingham Palace from Princess Anne. Katy, tireless community worker founded the Islington Chinese Association in 1986 and grown it to be UK's leading Chinese Community Centre and was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2005.
Dave Whelan’s, Chairman of Wigan Athletic, recent comments regarding the usage of the word “chink” is totally unacceptable.
Chinese for Labour is shocked that someone in such a position of influence has said “there is nothing bad about” calling “a Chinaman a ‘chink’”. Furthermore we are disappointed that he has hired a manager currently under investigation for sending racist text messages.
I am proud to be standing as the candidate for my hometown of Hastings & Rye, but I am equally proud to stand as a parliamentary candidate who is also half Chinese and half British.
My mother is Chinese Malaysian and came to this country 41 years ago to be a nurse in Hastings and continuesto work at our local hospital. People like my mother, are part of the third largest ethnic minority in theUK; the British Chinese. We are also one of the fastest growing communities and contribute a lot to this country, so but there are no Chinese faces in our parliament. Until now, no parties have fielded candidates of Chinese descent in winnable seats, hopefully this will change with both I and Rebecca Blake for Redditch workinghard in marginal constituencies.
We have slowly climbed out from the longest and deepest recession since the publication of comparable data in 1955. The dominant news headlines have also returned to the pre-recession favourites – the strong rising house price trends, especially in London and the South East. Figures from the second quarter of 2014 show that the average UK house price is around £186,000, but over £400,000 in London; which represents an 11.5% annual increase for the country and a big leap of over 25% in London. Considering the average starting salary for graduates is around £20,000 and slightly more in London, it is not a surprise that there is major ‘housing affordability’ crisis in this country.
Tackling the housing shortage will be one of the next Labour government’s top priorities.
That’s because for many people the dream of home ownership is slipping out of reach. Under this government, home ownership is at its lowest level since the 1980s. That should be no surprise, when it is presiding over the lowest level of house building in peacetime since the 1920s.
Since the last time UK voters went to the polls, a huge shift in the landscape of British society has become clear. For a country that has long taken home ownership for granted, the number of people who are able to afford it has been falling. As a result, the number of people stuck renting from private landlords has doubled in the past decade.