Under this Government, hard-won progress on people’s equalities is being rolled back. Women, ethnic minorities and disabled have been hit hardest by this Government, inequality in Britain is widening, and social mobility has stalled with these groups still too often locked out of positions of power.
Since 2010 progress to close the pay gap has ground to a halt and is now back on the rise. Working women in the North East are being paid 81p for every pound a man earns and a quarter now earn less than the living wage.
Since the introduction of Tribunal Fees the number of sex discrimination claims has fallen by 91 per cent. The number of Black young people who’ve been out of work for more than a year has risen by 46 per cent under this Government.
Labour believe in challenging prejudice and discrimination wherever it exists; the differences between us are never an excuse to treat each other badly or unjustly.
Britain has a long tradition of liberty and the rule of law, and Labour has a proud tradition of extending these to our most vulnerable citizens.
Here is our plan for promoting equality and human rights for all
- We will tackle discrimination against women, requiring large companies to publish their gender pay gap and strengthening the law against maternity discrimination.
- We are committed to ensuring Parliament better represents Britain, including by achieving a better balance of men and women.
- We will establish a comprehensive race equality strategy to break down the barriers still faced by black and minority ethnic communities, and to make sure our national institutions — including the police, judiciary, civil service and the boardrooms of our companies — are more representative of the diversity of our country.
- We will stand up for citizens’ individual rights, protecting the Human Rights Act and reforming, rather than walking away from, the European Court of Human Rights.
- We will strengthen the laws against homophobic, disability and transphobic hate crime and make sure that access to legal representation, a cornerstone of our democracy, is not determined by personal wealth, but remains available to those that need it
- We will make sure that access to legal aid, a cornerstone of our democracy, is not determined by personal wealth, but remains available to those who most need it.
- We will extend the scope of our freedom of information laws so that public services run by large private companies delivering major government contracts are included.
- We will repair the damage done by this Government to the vital safeguard offered by judicial review.
It was the votes of Labour MPs that ensured the first same-sex marriages took place in March last year, something the Tory MP James Wharton voted against. At Middlesbrough Pride last summer Louise was pleased to hear Cleveland's Labour Police & Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger pledge to tackle homophobic hate crime.
Louise has signed Labour Women's Power Pledge, a commitment to ensuring our society and our institutions do not systematically withhold power from women.