The Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn & the Public Sector Equality Duty
First, I want to make it clear; the Public Sector Equality Duty DOES NOT apply to political parties. But if it did, then the Labour Party might have a problem. The reason for this is simple. The Labour Party is worried about non-Labour supporters joining its ranks and therefore skewing the vote for their next Leader. So Harriet Harmon has announced that they are rejecting people who are not on the electoral register. This will disadvantage young people; a lot of people under 30 won’t be on the electoral register.
My reasoning for this straightforward: younger people have been hammered in recent years; they can’t afford to go to university, have trouble finding work and as a consequence can’t find housing. One of my younger mates has moved five times in the last 12 months. He’s not on the electoral register, so if he wanted to vote for the next Labour leader he wouldn’t be able to.
These are exactly the sort of people that Labour needs to engage with if they have any hope of winning the next election.
This is what the Public Sector Equality Duty does. It encourages people to think through who might be excluded. It is what good equality, diversity and inclusion professionals have been doing for years.
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