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Tory Eric Ollerenshaw to head ‘diversity’

by Sunny on 13th September, 2005 at 1:49 am    

The Conservative party has made Eric Ollerenshaw OBE its head of cities and diversity. Chairman Francis Maude said:

I am pleased to announce that Eric will coordinate the Conservative Party’s nation-wide political activity in cities and on ethnic diversity issues. Eric will work closely with Dominic Grieve MP who has responsibility for Diversity, and Sayeeda Warsi, our Vice-Chairman on Cities and the appointment is effective immediately.

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  1. Jay Singh — on 13th September, 2005 at 10:08 am  

    God Bless the Conservative Party - they try their best.

  2. krazie — on 13th September, 2005 at 10:28 am  

    The Conservatives stood over 40 BME candidates in the last general election. Albeit, only 2 won but thats 2 more than before.

    Lets hope they field more BME Tories in winnable seats in the next Gen. Election.

  3. anotherPak — on 13th September, 2005 at 12:10 pm  

    What exactly do they hope to achieve? what is their remit?

    Why with all the groups such as the conservative asian group and the conservative muslim forum, have they still failed to move forward.

    Another case of the party setting up quango organisations, but delivering little.

    But it’s partly asians problem due to a bit of political apathy and blindly voting labour.

  4. krazie — on 13th September, 2005 at 12:16 pm  

    Most Asians i know vote Tories

  5. Inders — on 13th September, 2005 at 1:28 pm  

    I think the ethnic / asian voting patterns are more closely resembling mainstream voting patterns recently. I wouldn’t go as far as to say most asians are voting conservative but more are. Especialy small business owners.

    The poorer elements of society such as factory workers will always tend to sway towards labour party as thats what they’ve always done. But amazingly the actual labour movement is now dead and buried.

  6. Limerick — on 13th September, 2005 at 1:43 pm  

    The Lib-Dems do well with Asians. Labour has taken the Asian vote for granted for far too long, though most of the positive anti-racist legislation and protection offered to minorities has been pushed by Labour - not the Conservatives.

    We can’t ignore the history Labour has of being anti-racist, while the Tory party keep playing the immigration card.

  7. krazie — on 13th September, 2005 at 1:46 pm  

    I think most people, regardless of race, vote on “bread and butter” issues.

  8. PrettyTamil — on 14th September, 2005 at 12:18 am  


    Eric Ollerenshaw says:

    “I’m delighted to take forward the Conservative Party’s commitment to improving our great cities as we reach out to their increasingly diverse populations.

    “I see this as an opportunity to build on Conservative successes in recent local elections and the General election as we build ourselves back into Britain’s neglected urban communities.”

    Ohh please Eric, it’s just another step in your career progression, i suppose you can tick the ethnic box on your CV.

    Apparently it’s a senior position within CCHQ, in which case, it surly must have a remit beyong visiting temples and telling the immigrants what a remarkable contribution they’ve made to society.

    For some reason conservatives think “”Eric’s appointment shows that the Conservative Party is serious about not only rebuilding our urban base, but reaching out to ethnic communities.” Well we have actually seen such people before, just under different titles.

    Eric Failed to win a parliamentary seat in 1992. Lost his seat on the GLA in 2004 due to the new PR system. Is in the Hackney council and a few quango organisations such as the London Development agency. He was also on CRE’s london board - which probably paved the way for his current post

    Is he working the system to make another attempt at getting a parliamentary seat or simply a man of principle who actually wants his party to be more representative. Well . . I have always been suspecious of politicians who’ve been in too many committiees to mention

  9. leon — on 14th September, 2005 at 10:59 pm  

    This is a good thing, equality of representation means we must have BME people in all parties.

  10. Nush — on 15th September, 2005 at 12:22 am  

    Why cant this be seen as a positive thing?

    We are all so quick to judge, lets see how he does and then comment.

    Ok so past ideas have failed but this may actuall be a good thing.

    I will reserve my judgement but I see this appointment as a positive thing.


  11. Al-Hack — on 15th September, 2005 at 1:04 am  

    Heh, interesting analysis there Pretty Tamil - I like.

  12. Turbanator — on 15th September, 2005 at 10:11 pm  

    Of course there is something inherently wrong about the whole concept of “diversity head”. The notion of “diversity” entails exactly the same premises as racism-that one’s ideas are determined by one’s race and that the source of an individual’s identity is his ethnic heritage.

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