What is BAME Labour
The Labour Party has long been considered the natural home of BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) members. From Labour’s Race Relations Act of 1968, to our previous term in Government where Labour had more MPs from BAME Backgrounds than all the other parties combined. Labour has consistently been at the forefront of championing equality and diversity.
The Labour Party movement Black Sections made history when they campaigned to elect the first four Black MPs to the House of Commons in 1987. They achieved huge successes in increasing Black representation in election positions across the Labour Party. By 1990, Black Sections was integrated into the Labour Party as the Black Socialist Societies, and eventually became BAME Labour as it exists today.
BAME Labour seeks to empower ethnic minority members within all levels of the Labour Party and campaigns for greater representation of ethnic minority communities in public life. It states that it is a democratic organisation that is affiliated to the Labour Party, but politically and organisationally independent.
The organisation consists of a committee elected every two years, and holds a reserved seat on the Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) and four reserved seats on the National Policy Forum (NPF). Organisations affiliated to the Labour Party have the option of affiliating to BAME Labour.