Racism and anti-racism in Britain

This video from Britain says about itself:

Diane AbbottStand up to racism #StopRacism2016

October 8th, 2016. Confronting The Rise In Racism – Stamp Out Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Vicious Racists Target Abbott

Saturday 8th October 2016

New shadow home secretary faces ‘misogynoir’ attacks on social media

VILE racist slurs were directed at new shadow home secretary Diane Abbott yesterday following her promotion in the Labour reshuffle.

The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP was bombarded with discriminatory comments and pictures on social media that the Star has decided not to print.

Defenders of the long-time ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came out to condemn the discrimination as “misogynoir” — attacks specifically aimed at black women.

Some commentators attempted to disguise their derogatory reactions to her promotion from shadow health secretary as concern for politics by claiming that she was too “inexperienced” for the role — despite Ms Abbott having started her post-university career at the Home Office, having been a staunch anti-racism campaigner and the first black female MP.

Campaigner and journalist Owen Jones wrote on Twitter: “There’s plenty of useless, bungling and/or mediocre white male politicians who don’t get the bile Abbott does. Why is this exactly?”

After the reshuffle Mr Corbyn said: “I am very proud that the Labour Party now has five MPs in our shadow cabinet from the BAME community — the highest number ever in any cabinet or shadow cabinet.”

As well as Ms Abbott, Shami Chakrabarti is now shadow attorney general, Dawn Butler shadow minister for minority ethnic communities, Clive Lewis shadow business secretary and Kate Osamor shadow secretary for international development.

Ms Abbott is scheduled to speak today at a Stand Up to Racism rally in response to divisive rhetoric used by Tory PM Theresa May to pander to the far-right after the Brexit result.

Former shadow minister for the cabinet office Jon Ashworth was promoted to shadow health secretary.

His elevation to the key post will be seen as an olive branch to the Labour right after they criticised Mr Corbyn for strengthening his team with his allies from the left.

Sir Keir Starmer, former head of the Crown Prosecution Service who quit the shadow cabinet in June, has been invited back as shadow Brexit secretary.

Veteran chief whip Nick Brown, who is a long-standing ally of former Labour leader Gordon Brown, replaced chief whip Rosie Winterton.

The appointments of Mr Brown and Mr Starmer are said to be a signal from Mr Corbyn that he wants to reach out to back-bench critics — and their acceptance shows that they are prepared to unite after his landslide re-election.

Mr Corbyn has also appointed Sarah Champion to the role of shadow women and equalities minister, and Jo Stevens as shadow Welsh secretary.

Ms Champion was one of dozens of Labour frontbenchers who quit in the coup against Mr Corbyn’s leadership in June — only to ask for her job back a month later.

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  2. Tuesday 11th
    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    Coup-quitters return after Labour leader increases mandate

    FIFTEEN Labour MPs who quit the front bench during the attempted coup against Jeremy Corbyn have returned to the fold in his shadow cabinet reshuffle, it was confirmed yesterday.

    Mr Corbyn announced that the MPs that had quit because of supposed doubts about his leadership had come round after he trounced challenger Owen Smith in his second leadership contest with 62 per cent of the vote.Over the summer, 63 MPs resigned from the Labour front bench.

    New shadow City minister Jonathan Reynolds was the only returnee that had resigned in January.

    Two parliamentary private secretaries — to shadow housing minister John Healey and former foreign secretary Hilary Benn — had lost their jobs when their bosses quit the front bench but have returned as shadow Brexit ministers.

    Paul Blomfield was secretary to Mr Benn, while Matthew Pennycook was secretary to Mr Healey — who has also returned to his position.

    Mr Corbyn welcomed back 10 of the MPs last week. They have now pledged to unite and work with him to oppose the Tories and oust them from government.

    Ed Miliband claimed yesterday there was now an “acceptance” of Mr Corbyn among unruly MPs. But there will not be “constant peace,” he warned.

    The former Labour leader said there has been a change of attitude among them. This is despite the resignation of two whips — coup plotter Conor McGinn and Holly Lynch — following the sacking of their boss Rosie Winterton as chief whip.

    Mr Miliband — who backed Mr Smith in his failed leadership bid — added that Labour could “absolutely” win the next election and that Mr Corbyn had mobilised members better than he had done.

    He told BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire show that Mr Corbyn “got re-elected by our party, we’ve got more members than I think we’ve had in 40 or 50 years.

    “He has mobilised party members, and people who weren’t party members, in a way that even I didn’t do so.

    “It doesn’t mean there won’t be disagreements, it doesn’t mean that there will be constant peace, but it does mean there’s a sense that we’ve got to focus on the country not the party.”

    Unity building: the 15 MPs returning to the front bench

    Roberta Blackman Woods Shadow local government and housing minister, previously shadow housing minister
    Kevin Brennan Deputy shadow secretary for culture, media and sport; previously shadow business minister
    Sarah Champion Shadow women and equalities minister, previously shadow minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence
    Jenny Chapman Shadow minister for exiting the EU, previously shadow education minister
    Jack Dromey Shadow minister for labour, previously shadow minister for the Home Office
    Pat Glass Shadow transport minister, previously shadow minister for Europe and shadow education secretary
    Nia Griffith Shadow secretary of state for defence, previously shadow secretary of state for Wales
    Andrew Gwynne Shadow minister without portfolio, previously shadow health minister
    John Healey Shadow minister for housing, the same position he held before quitting
    Sharon Hodgson Shadow public health minister, previously shadow minister for children
    Barbara Keeley Shadow mental health and social care minister, previously shadow health minister
    Emma Lewell-Buck Shadow minister for children and families, previously shadow minister for communities and local government
    Jonathan Reynolds Shadow City minister, previously shadow transport minister
    Keir Starmer Shadow Brexit secretary, previously shadow minister for the Home Office
    Nick Thomas Symonds Shadow solicitor general, previously shadow work and pensions minister



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