What does it mean to be black in Britain in 2020?

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my Share, Plan, Act programme.

Through it, I plan to link community/faith/charity groups and key influencers with the Liberal Democrats to catalyse positive social change via the media, lobbying, education and micro action.

It will co-ordinate with Ed’s National Listening Programme to enable us, as a Party, to reach communities and individuals who might not have interacted much with us before. And – crucially – will help us to listen to what voters want, so we can better serve them.

I’ve been working hard with my phenomenal team over the past few months in figuring out the practicalities, gauging interest from non-Lib Dems and building up networks external to the Party. Having gained support in many ways, we are now ready to go.

It’s Black History Month this October and we’re so pleased to be launching our first event entitled: “What Does it Mean to be Black in Britain in 2020?” on Thursday 22nd October, 2020 from 7pm-8:30pm.

Our guest speakers will be:

  • Professor Christopher Jackson – the first black scientist to be giving the Royal Institution Christmas lectures, Equinor Professor of Basin Analysis, Imperial College and winner of the 2016 Geological Society of America Thompson Distinguished Lecturer Award
  • Paul Anderson-Walsh – the former CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, co-founder of The Centre for Inclusive Leadership, ITN Productions resident leadership expert, BBC contributor and show host on Premier Radio.

Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece – our Equalities Spokesperson in the House of Lords – will introduce the event and Ed Davey – our Party Leader, of course! – will say a few words also. I will be chairing the event, along with the incredible Nukey Proctor of The Coventry Party Executive and West Midlands Regional Executive.

We’re also inviting you to send us your 1-minute audio or video clips answering the question: “What Does it Mean to be Black in Britain in 2020?”  Send your clips to [email protected] via WeTransfer.com and we may well play yours at the event.

So…what part can you play?

First of all, please share details of the event and my video clip challenge with non Lib Dems.

Second, if you’re excited by my plans, consider contributing your time, contacts or funding (or moral support – always welcome!)

Third, join us on the 22nd – it won’t be the same without you!


* Isabelle Parasram is the Vice President of the Liberal Democrats.

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