Black & Minority Ethnic Network
The Penrith & The Border Labour Party has two members whose role of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Coordinators is about engaging with, and representing, the views of BAME voters. It is hugely important to the Labour Party to ensure that the views of all of our communities are not only listened to, but are also reflected in Labour’s policy making.
BAME Co-ordinators are responsible for welcoming and bringing BAME members together, to empower each other and share knowledge and skills. We want to recruit more members, from a diverse range of backgrounds, into the Labour Party and to help those members make the important jump from member to activist.
Ultimately, at the heart of this role is a sincere aim to help continue to build an inclusive party for BAME members and to make sure that our local campaigns win BAME votes.
The mission statement of BAME Labour states that it “seeks to empower ethnic minority members within the Labour Party and campaigns for greater representation of ethnic minority communities in public life”. Through encouraging increased participation in the political process BAME Labour empowers its members. It is a democratically constituted membership organisation which is affiliated to the Labour Party but is politically and organisationally independent.