Chinese for Labour's annual fundraising Chinese New Year Banquet event has gone from strength to strength. It is no exaggeration to declare it is looked forward to by those who attend. This year we celebrated the Year of the Horse - our Patron, Cherie Blair's year. Cherie let us know during her welcome speech that not only was she a horse herself but also a "wood" horse, which as all good Chinese . . .
Message from Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the labour Party
With the numbers of ethnic-minority voters exceeding the electoral majorities of sitting members of parliament in 168 constituencies, it is being suggested that minorities hold the key to the outcome of Britain's next general election, in 2015. Britain's ethnic-Chinese population, meanwhile, has reached almost half a million, and Chinese voters exceed in number the MP's majority in 36 seats. Political parties may well decide it is time to attend more to their interests.
In any democratic country, when public policies appear to ignore the needs of any particular group, or affect them more adversely than others, it is common for the group in question to speak up and put pressure on political leaders to either change course or at least give an explanation for the apparent discrimination. This is certainly true with groups that constitute an ethnic minority.