Monthly Archives: April 2012


The Sunday Telegraph published an article yesterday based on the findings of a poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft on ‘Ethnic Minority Voters and the Conservative Party’.

The report, Degrees of Separation finds that there is a significant lack in the ability of BME voters to relate to the Conservative Party and that this is proving costly to the party in terms of share of the vote and election seats. The findings of the report summarise the results from polling 10,268 respondents, including 3201 respondents from BME backgrounds. In addition, 20 focus groups were conducted involving 160 participants from Black Caribbean; Black African; Muslim; Hindu or Sikh backgrounds. The survey, in terms of quantitative and qualitative input is considerable, suggesting that the findings will be of significant import to the Conservatives.

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The news agency, Agence France Presse, reports that the Co-op Group, the UK’s fifth largest supermarket retailer, is to extend its boycott of settlement produce to cover suppliers who source their goods from the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

From the AFP report:

“Supermarket chain the Co-Operative Group is extending a boycott of goods from Israeli settlements and will now shun any supplier known to source from these areas, a statement said Saturday.

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Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead’s interview with George Galloway MP is the G2 cover story today.

 

Galloway tells her that “Winning Bradford West, with the landslide that we did, was the best day of my life”.

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Europol last week published its EU Terrorism Situation and Trends report 2012.

The TE-SAT provides “facts and figures regarding terrorism in the EU, while also seeking to identify trends in the development of this phenomenon”.  The 2012 report identifies a “highly diverse terrorism picture”, with terrorist activities assessed in the categories of religiously-inspired terrorism; ethno-nationalist and separatist terrorism; left-wing and anarchist terrorism; right-wing terrorism; and single issue terrorism.

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The Nottingham branch of the Labour Party has invited controversy by publishing a leaflet claiming the BNP and EDL could capitalise on low voter turnout in the election for a directly elected Mayor on Thursday.

From the local paper:

About 3,000 of the leaflets – which claim the British National Party (BNP) and English Defence League (EDL) want a mayor – have been circulated at mosques and in areas of the city where there is a significant Asian population by the Nottingham Labour group.

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The Surrey Comet covers news on the jailing of three men for their role in an attack on Kingston mosque in November 2010.

From the local paper:

“Three men who joined a hooded and masked gang to attack Kingston Mosque with sticks and bottles have been jailed today.

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New research from Northumbria University shows race hate crimes are on the rise in the north east of England.

Research carried out by Dr Bakule Cole for the Ministry of Justice shows that Asians are often the target of race hate crimes and that the internet and social media platforms are playing an increasing role as the locus of views expressing or inciting racial hatred.

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Islamophobia Watch alerts us to the booklet distributed by London Elects about the London mayoral election on May 3rd, and the anti-Islam quote from ‘Reverend’ Robert West included on the page of the BNP candidate, Carlos Cortiglia.

London Elects is “the independent team that organises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly elections”. The anti-Islam quote, which is also on the London Elects website, has prompted London Assembly member, Murad Qureshi to write a formal complaint to London Elects for publishing the quote. Islamophobia Watch asks whether “the BNP would be allowed to include an equivalent attack on the Jewish community in its election address?”

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The Lancashire Evening Post reports that twelve EDL supporters have admitted public order offences after they entered the garden of MEP Sajjad Karim’s home, causing severe disruption and frightening his family, including his eight year-old daughter. The offences include using threatening behaviour; racially aggravated provocation of violence, and possession of an offensive weapon.

From the LEP:

“A politician’s eight-year-old daughter was “petrified” when anti-Islamic protesters marched into the garden of their home with banners and banged on the window.

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The Hansard Society have launched the first part of their 9th Audit of Political Engagement report, which claims to measure the ‘political pulse’ of the nation.

The report aims to provides a benchmark to gauge public opinion on a range of political engagement indicators, including “knowledge of and interest in the political system; the degree of public action and participation in politics; and the public’s sense of efficacy and satisfaction with the democratic process.”

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