This week we announced the fantastic news that Lord Simon Woolley will be chairing Ealing’s new race equality commission.
Lord Woolley will be joined by Ealing Labour Councillor Joanna Camadoo-Rothwell, who will act as vice-chairperson, alongside 10 other commissioners who are yet to be announced.
The commission will carry out a review to understand the impacts of racial inequality in our borough and how it can be reduced.
Over the past 25 years, Lord Woolley has helped transform political and civic institutions, ensuring they are inclusive and representative. He is the director and one of the founders of Operation Black Vote, a national and internationally known race equality organisation. He was also the chair of the government’s Race Disparity Unit’s advisory group from January 2018 to July 2020.
Lord Woolley said:
“I’m really honoured to be in this role as chair of this commission at this extraordinary time. People are looking at themselves and saying: ‘How can we be better?’
“As well as speaking to residents and businesses, we will be having conversations with agencies, including the council, police force and health institutions and trusts. In my experience, political will is the starting point, and we have that in Ealing.
“I strongly argue that if you put good people around the table then great things can happen. And I am convinced that the collective we will pull together will allow us to be a beacon of hope, and to set out a framework in which good things will continue to happen. Not just today and tomorrow, but for years ahead.”
The commission will consider themes like education, employment, crime and justice, health and housing, and how inequality can be addressed today and prevented in the future. Local people’s views will be an essential part of the commission’s work, and everyone will be invited to share their views before it reports its initial findings to the council.
Equality is at the very core of our Labour values, but Ealing Labour will never be complacent. That’s why we’re launching this independently led commission to investigate what we can do as a council and a community to fight inequality at every level.