Letter: Monochrome party

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In his Scarman memorial lecture Report, 24 November Nick Clegg rightly challenged those in football and banking, asking why it is that for members of ethnic minority communities often "their success doesn't match their ambitions". I applaud him for raising this issue, but is it not a little rich coming from the leader of a party that has failed in the past five general elections to elect a non-white MP?The last general election saw the Conservative and Labour parties between them elect 27 MPs from ethnic minority backgrounds double the number in the previous parliament. Contrast this with the Liberal Democrats, whose failure to have any minority ethnic representation among its own 57 MPs is the kind of statistic for which other organisations would be rightly excoriated. This shameful situation is made worse by the fact that both the current equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, and the minister for race and community cohesion, Andrew Stunell, belong to a party which alone among the main three parties has no black or Asian MPs. Thirty years on from the Scarman report, the Lib Dem parliamentary party seems to be one of the last bastions of a monochrome enclave.Rev Arun AroraWolverhamptonLiberal DemocratsNick CleggEqualityLynne FeatherstoneRace issuesBritish identity and societyguardian.co.uk © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions More Feeds

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