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Harman eases path of ethnic-minority women into politics

PUBLISHED: 16:52 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

WOMEN and Equality Minister Harriet Harman has launched a new taskforce to help more black, Asian and minority ethnic women become councillors. She wants to see local authorities more representative’ of the community, especially in areas like East London.

WOMEN and Equality Minister Harriet Harman has launched a new taskforce to help more black, Asian and minority ethnic women become councillors.

She wants to see local authorities 'more representative' of the community, especially in areas like East London.

The new taskforce is chaired by Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green, the first Muslim woman in the House of Lords and a prominent figure in East London's black and Asian community.

Its members includes councillors from across Britain, from all ethnic and political backgrounds.

Less than 20 per cent of women local councillors in London are from an ethnic minority background, the Minister points out. It's even less elsewhere in the country.

The taskforce is running 'outreach' events in community centres over the next 12 months to make the role of councillors more widely known.


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