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GMB Wales & BME Reps in Public Life

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

GMB Wales Supports Call For More Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Involvement In Public Life

GMB welcomes the opportunity to join forces with Diverse Cymru , Operation Black Vote, and the BME Communities for another push to getting everyone involved in standing up for public office and representing their local people.

GMB Wales & South West Region has joined Diverse Cymru , Operation Black Vote, and the BME Communities that they support in recognised the low representation in Public Life of BME individuals and calls for action to remedy the situation.

Tonight’s landmark conference Making Wales work better -  Inspiring Black & Minority Ethnic communities to become involved in public life, will set the agenda for progess in this area. The conference begins at:

18.00 – 21.00

Tuesday 29th October 2013

at

Cardiff County Hall

Cardiff Bay

Although positive action has been used by the Welsh Government to encourage engagement, BME representation within Public appointments, Voter registration, Democratic engagement and Civic engagement remains disproportionatelylow.

The 2011 Census of Population records 4.4% of the population of Wales as non-white. In 3 areas of Wales the figure is above the average. In Cardiff the figure is 15.4%, in Newport 10.1%, and in Swansea 6%.

This conference will bring together both BME professionals and novice individuals who jointly share the will to take part in how their Wales is run both locally and nationally. We will also be joined by decision makers who will get the chance to hear about the barriers to involvement, but more importantly, hear the positive suggestions to reaching a common goal of a fairer and inclusive Wales.

All usual residents in Wales

 

 

 

 

 

Total

Non-white

 

 

number

number

%

 

 

3,063,456

135,203

4.4

rank

 

 

 

 

1

Cardiff

346,090

52,976

15.4

2

Newport

145,736

14,711

10.1

3

Swansea

239,023

14,326

6.0

4

The Vale of Glamorgan

126,336

4,498

3.6

5

Gwynedd

121,874

4,301

3.5

6

Ceredigion

75,922

2,479

3.3

7

Wrexham

134,844

4,197

3.1

8

Denbighshire

93,734

2,480

2.6

9

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

234,410

6,169

2.6

10

Merthyr Tydfil

58,802

1,411

2.4

11

Conwy

115,228

2,679

2.4

12

Bridgend

139,178

3,088

2.2

13

Torfaen

91,075

1,844

2.1

14

Carmarthenshire

183,777

3,454

2.0

15

Monmouthshire

91,323

1,797

2.0

16

Neath Port Talbot

139,812

2,725

2.0

17

Pembrokeshire

122,439

2,318

1.9

18

Anglesey

69,751

1,231

1.8

19

Caerphilly

178,806

2,961

1.7

20

Powys

132,976

2,149

1.7

21

Flintshire

152,506

2,345

1.6

22

Blaenau Gwent

69,814

1,064

1.5

John Phillips, GMB Wales & South West Secretary said, “All areas of business and society need the talents and abilities of all the people who live locally. How much longer to we need to keep saying this.

GMB welcomes the opportunity to join forces with Diverse Cymru , Operation Black Vote, and the BME Communities for another push to getting everyone involved in standing up for public office and representing their local people.”

Ends

Contact: Mike Payne, GMB Political Officer on 07980 753124 or Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB Diversity and Equality National Officer  on 07956 2317178 or John Phillips, GMB Wales and South West Secretary on 07980 753126

Notes to Editors: Source 2011 Census of Population: KS201EW - Ethnic group
 

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