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Nick Clegg: 'I am committed to equality'

ADDRESSING THE ISSUE: Nick Clegg unveiled his party's plans to tackle discrimination

NOT TO be outdone by the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats last week outlined its policies to help tackle racial discrimination.

Nick Clegg's party is expected to take a hit at the polls on May 7 and will need the support of black voters in areas including Brent Central, Bermondsey and Old Southwark and Hornsey and Wood Green.

At the launch of its BAME manifesto in north London on Thursday , April 16, the Lib Dems set out their plan to overhaul stop and search powers as well as addressing the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) pay gap.

Clegg said: “I am proud that Britain today is an open, tolerant country. Our culture and economy is stronger as a result of the diverse range of people who have chosen to make their home here. Yet Black, Asian and minority ethnic people still face significant inequalities in health, education and justice.

“By giving everyone the opportunity to get on in life, we can ensure a competitive economy and fair society that draws on everyone's talents.

“As the manifesto sets out, the Liberal Democrats will ensure that our liberal commitment to equality runs through every policy area.”

The party said it would build on its BAME Access to Finance report to identify further ways for black and Asian people to successfully apply for funding to start their own businesses.

They also pledged to “encourage” businesses to ensure at least one place on their board is filled by a BAME candidate.

Within the criminal justice system, the Lib Dems vowed to boost police recruitment from BAME groups and implement a full review into the over-representation of black people in prison.

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