Minister Backs City over Race Relations
Byline: Neil Connor Community Affairs Reporter
Race relations in Birmingham were yesterday praised by a senior Government Minister on the day that a report was launched in which the city's ethnic minorities call for more links with each other and the council.
Sally Keeble, Minister for Regeneration, said the new report showed that minorities in Birmingham were taking the lead in ensuring race relations were kept at the top of the political agenda. Referring to the gains of the British National Party in Lancashire and the rise of the right-wing across Europe, she said that the report's proposals for a raceforum in the city would ensure 'stability for communities'. She encouraged other parts of the country to follow Birmingham's lead in lobbying for race forums.
After the Minister launched the new study, entitled A pathway to greater inclusion: Birmingham and its faith communities, she alsopraised a new Youth Senate, which is being pioneering in deprived areas of Birmingham.
The senate, which is believed to be the first in the country, allows youngsters from a range of minority ethnic groups to sit down and shape a new political future in Birmingham.
The report was written by Jim King, an expert on social policy, and Deepak Naik, an officer at the city council's equalities division. …