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Successive governments and police have failed to stamp out the “deep-rooted” racial inequalities that still persist in policing some 22 years after the MacPherson report into the handling of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, MPs have warned.
The Home Affairs Committee called for urgent action amid a “worrying decline of confidence” in police among some ethnic minority communities, pointing to racial disparities in recruitment and stop and search. It comes just days after Boris Johnson described the tactic – found to be more disproportionate now than two decades ago – as “kind and loving” and called for its expansion.
Meanwhile, charities have expressed disappointment after a global education summit hosted by the prime minister fell £1bn short of its £5bn fundraising target, with Save the Children warning the failure showed the UK’s “diminishing leadership on the world stage following its devastating aid cuts and a lacklustre G7 summit”.
Government accused of disingenuous defence of RNLI while making borders ‘more unwelcoming’
Dominic Raab’s response to the abuse faced by RNLI lifeboat volunteers was “disingenuous and grossly inadequate considering the level of vitriol from the far-right”, leading migration charity the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has alleged.
The foreign secretary had claimed that the government’s crackdown to make it harder for people to cross the Channel was “not inconsistent” with the RNLI’s lifesaving work.
Amnesty International told The Independent that the government was more interested in making the UK’s asylum system “even more oppressive and unwelcoming” than defending the RNLI.
My colleagues Jon Stone and Lizzie Dearden have the full story here.
Meanwhile, as Storm Evert approaches, RNLI volunteers continue their lifesaving work.
One in four UK workers lack full employment rights, Labour warns
More than seven million UK workers – 26 per cent of those employed across the UK – are missing out on full employment rights because they have been in their job for less than two years, Labour has said.
While these 7.2 million people lack protection from unfair dismissal, according to Labour’s analysis of ONS Labour Force Survey data, a further 7 per cent – nearly two million people – were found to have been working for their employer for less than 26 weeks, meaning they cannot request flexible working arrangements.
Labour’s shadow employment minister Andy McDonald called the current rules “unfair”. The party has called for the qualifying period for full employment rights to be scrapped.
‘First time in history’ host of major education summit has simultaneously cut its global funding
In reaction to the failure of the Boris Johnson-hosted Global Education Summit to hit its fundraising target, Plan International UK’s chief executive Rose Caldwell noted that it was the “first time in history that the host of a major education finance summit has simultaneously cut their overall funding for global education”.
Education organisations had called on the UK to offer £600m to meet the current global education crisis, but the Treasury ultimately only offered £430m. This approach was reflected in other donations, which fell $1bn short of the stated $5bn target.
Boris Johnson blamed as his global education summit misses fundraising target by $1bn
Here’s more on our second story today – on the reaction to the global education summit hosted by Boris Johnson falling $1bn short of its fundraising target.
Our policy correspondent Jon Stone has the details:
Charities said the lacklusture result of the summit reflected the UK’s ‘diminishing leadership on the world stage’
Stop and search ‘kind and loving’, Boris Johnson says
The Home Affairs Committee’s report found that the use of stop and search is more disproportionate now than it was two decades ago, with no adequate explanation for the nature and scale of racial disparities.
Here are Boris Johnson’s remarks on stop and search this week, which he wants to relax the rules around as part of his new “beating crime plan”.
Publishing the report into racial inequalities within policing, Home Affairs Committee chair Yvette Cooper said the current state of affairs is “unacceptable” and needs to be addressed.
“The Macpherson report into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence and the terrible denial of justice to his family had a huge impact on policing and tackling racism when it was first published,” the Labour MP said.
“But we have found that in too many areas progress has stalled and for too long there has been a lack of focus and accountability on race equality in policing. There are still persistent, deep rooted problems and unjustified racial disparities in key areas where Sir William Macpherson made recommendations over 20 years ago.
“Without clear action to tackle race inequality we fear that, in 10 years’ time, future committees will be hearing the very same arguments that have been rehearsed already for over 20 years. That cannot be allowed to happen.”
‘Racism in policing remains an issue, 20 years after Macpherson Report,’ say MPs
Our race correspondent Nadine White has the details of the Home Affairs Committee’s damning verdict on “persistent” racial inequalities in policing, which is our leading story this morning.
Home Affairs Committee report warns racial disparities in policing remain ‘persistent and deep-rooted’
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