Foreword from Jeremy Corbyn and Dawn Butler
Labour is the party of equality. We are built on the values of social justice, internationalism and human rights. Each are rooted in the fundamental truth that whatever your background, wherever you are from, whatever your faith or religious belief, you should have the means and opportunity to fulfil your potential.
We should celebrate our diversity.
And in so doing we must acknowledge that the rich variety of cultures, faiths and colours that make up this country could not have come together and thrived as they have unless we had fought, together, against discrimination and prejudice.
The Conservatives in government have used difference to divide communities.
Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have paid a high price for the Tories’ agenda of austerity and their politics of hate.
Nowhere is this clearer than the hostile environment policies that led to the scandalous treatment of the Windrush generation.
The fact that hate crime has more than doubled in the last five years must serve as a wake-up call for our country.
Their plans, according to which people would have to show ID to vote, may effectively disenfranchise the 11 million people who do not have a passport or driver’s licence – disproportionately BAME people and students.
Our Labour movement is built on the contributions of people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds.
Society is all the richer for faith in action, and the contribution of faith groups in filling the gaps in austerity Britain, with religious spaces used as food banks and homeless shelters across the country.
I am grateful to the thousands of people who have contributed to the development of this people-powered manifesto
This is just the beginning. Together we can create a society that truly puts wealth and power back in the hands of the many.
We have already committed to:
- Eliminate racial inequality from our economy and extend pay gap reporting to ethnic minority groups and tackle pay discrimination on the basis of race.
- An equality audit all our policies before, during and after implementation.
- End the politics of hate and commission an independent review into the threat of far-right extremism and how to tackle it.
- Enhance the powers and functions of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, making it truly independent, to ensure it can support people to effectively challenge any discrimination they may face.
- Appoint a Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief to work across government to promote Freedom of Religious Belief in the UK and abroad.
- Develop a comprehensive Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community equality strategy to tackle persistent inequalities, in particular within housing, education and criminal justice.
- Ensure the views of communities with or without faith are respected and protected across our society.