Jeremy Corbyn Conference charging minorities lower entrance fee than white attendees – equality experts to investigate

Jeremy Corbyn Conference charging minorities lower entrance fee than white attendees – equality experts to investigate

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have confirmed that they are ‘looking in detail’ at the decision by the Labour Party to provide discounted tickets to minorities at the upcoming conference.

BAME (black & ethnic minorities) who plan to attend the conference in Loughborough on Sat Feb 7th will be able to buy their tickets for £30 instead of £40. The decision to offer the entrance tickets at a discounted rate has drawn comments and complaints.

A spokesperson for the EHRC said that they were considering what action, if any, is to be taken. It is unsure whether the tiered pricing structure for the event is illegal.

Leicestershire Police were contacted about the issue, but Chief Constable Simon Cole responded by saying that this is not a ‘recordable crime’.

He went on the say that investigation and enforcement complaints about the Equality Act rest with the EHRC. Leicestershire Police advise anyone who has a complaint about the entrance prices at the conference, or who feels that the Equality Act may have been breached, to contact the EHRC.

East Midlands Labour Party commented that the entrance tickets for BAME would be subsidised after the BAME applied for funds from the NEC’s Democracy & Diversity Fund.

A Labour Party spokesperson said that while the base price of an entrance ticket remains the same for all attendees, the labour Party’s Democracy & Diversity Fund would offer a discounted rate to BAME members.

The spokesperson went on to say that the goal of the Diversity & Democracy Fund was to encourage wider participation in the Party.

Labour Councillor for Beaumont Leys, Hemant Rae Bhatia responded to an article which appeared in the Mail on Sunday and stated that the Party was simply trying to involve more black and ethnic minorities and that the intentions were good.

Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Lincolnshire was heard to say that the tiered pricing is not only discriminatory but also illegal. He was in the process of discussing this with Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the EHRC.

In a statement Labour BAME said that they reject Tory MP’s suggestions of the Labour Party abandoning white, working class people. The party supports any means of increasing BAME membership. Furthermore, they support the East Midland’s Board decision to offer a reduced entrance fee at the conference for BAME members.


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