Sangeeta meeting Angus outside The Scottish Parliament

Angus meeting Sangeeta Kaur, 2014 participant in CRER's political shadowing programme

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has embraced endeavours by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) to encourage Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) representation in Scottish politics.

The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights works to promote racial equality across Scotland and help eradicate racial discrimination. CRER plays a key role in advocating, campaigning and influencing developments to promote racial harmony.

The organisation undertakes programmes to empower young people, support community engagement, and promote equality of opportunity for BME people across Scotland’s public and private sector. One such initiative is the Political Shadowing Scheme which promotes BME involvement in Scottish politics.

Angus MacDonald feels that the underrepresentation of BME women in Scottish politics is especially concerning.

Out of 128 MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, only 2 are from a non-white heritage, and both are male.

As it stands there are no BME women in Parliament, despite there being a significant proportion of BME women in the Scottish population.

Mr MacDonald feels that it is important to encourage racial equality in Scottish politics and to open up opportunities for BME women to enter the political arena.

He has therefore taken on Sangeeta Kaur, a young Sikh women from Glasgow, as an intern as part of the Political Shadowing Scheme.

He says,

“I support the CRER in their aim to promote racial equality. I would encourage greater Black and Ethnic Minority representation in Scottish politics and better representation of women from all backgrounds in the Scottish Parliament.”

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