West of England Metro Mayor Roundtable on Race Equality Events

Black South West Network (BSWN) in partnership with Business West, supported by Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality Steering Group, is holding two West of England Mayoral Election 2017 BAME Roundtable Events which are scheduled to take place on Thursday the 13th and Friday 21st of April, between 11:00am and Midday at City Hall, Bristol, and  10.00am and 1.00pm at Waterside 2, Watershed respectively.

The events aim to give community and business representatives of the region’s Black and Minority Ethnic ( BAME) an opportunity to question, and have discussion with, the metropolitan mayoral candidates about their manifestos. Moreover, the roundtable discussion was designed to allow the candidates explain their plans for the region in a more discursive environment.

The responsibilities of the Mayor for the new West of England Combined Authority will cover Strategic Planning, Transport and Adult Education for a region which covers the City of Bristol, Bath and N. E. Somerset District and South Gloucestershire District.

Confirmed candidates include:

Stephen Williams, LibDems (13/4/17)

Tim Bowles, Conservative (21/4/17)

John Savage, Independent (21/4/17)

Lesley Mansell, Labour (21/4/17)

Darren Hall, Green Party (21/4/17)

The roundtable discussions will be chaired by Kalpna Woolf, founder of 91 Ways, and  MohammedSaddiq, CEO Wessex Water Operation and Chair of Bristol Green Partnership.

Download the Briefing Paper and Pledge that is being sought from the candidates here

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About Black Southwest Network (BSWN)

BSWN is a regional infrastructure organisation that supports BME and other marginal community organisations in the South West. Its vision and mission are to promote and advocate on behalf of the BME and other marginal Voluntary and Community Sector organisation (BVCS). To strengthen the BVCS in the region by increasing its influence in policy arenas, developing the capacity of the BVCS, providing support, and facilitating skills and knowledge sharing across the sector. The work we do involves a strategic action and delivery-based approach to overcoming discrimination, exclusion, and under representation among the BME, and other marginal communities, in the South West. Moreover, our approach also aims to empower these communities by tackling socio-economic deprivation by working in partnership with other agencies and organisations. As a whole, BSWN is a one-stop-shop for capacity building and community empowerment where with our members we work to create a better informed, skilled and represented third sector
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