The Rt. Hon. Lord Dholakia. PC, OBE, DL, Deputy Leader in the Lords, Liberal Democrats
What Price Integration?
20th October, University of Northumbria 6.30pm-7.30pm
Refreshments will be available from 6pm
The history of immigration and race relations is comparatively short. The Government proclaimed in 1965 that Britain was a multiracial society. Lord Dholakia will trace the early days of migration and argue that lack of planned migration accompanied by differential treatment of many commonwealth citizens led almost to a creation of separate communities lacking any semblance of an integrated multiracial, multicultural Britain. Britain was recovering from an exhausting and ruinous war which had supped her will to hang on her former possessions and which followed with the dismantling of the British Empire. The early migrants who were part of the colonial legacy came to a country which did not have the imagination or the courage to address its past in order to begin to create itself anew. The emergence of organisation like Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD) , the Institute of Race Relations and the Community Relations Councils played an important role in promoting Race Relations legislations designed tackle disadvantage and discrimination which was so ingrained in many of our inner city areas.
Lord Dholakia will argue that legislation supplemented by the work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has certainly helped. The third and fourth generations growing up in Britain has shown a remarkable resilience despite the continuous dialogue on migration opened up by the recent referendum. The question we need to address is how do we define integration and what is the relevance of identity in the present debate about immigration. Lord Dholakia hopes to tackle some of these issues.
Navnit Dholakia was appointed Baron Dholakia of Waltham Brooks and introduced to the House of Lords on 29 October 1997. Lord Dholakia was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for the County of West Sussex in June 1999. He is the President of Nacro, the crime reduction charity. He is a Vice President of the Mental Health Foundation and a member of its Research and Development Board. He is Vice Chairman of the Policy Research Institute on Aging and Ethnicity. He serves on the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. Lord Dholakia is a Patron of many charitable organisations including the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan the Indian Cultural Centre in Kensington. Lord Dholakia has held appointments with the Commission for Racial Equality and the Police Complaints Authority. He has served on the Council of Save the Children Fund and the Howard League of Penal Reform. He continues to serve on the Editorial Board of the Howard Journal. Lord Dholakia was a member of the Ethnic Minority Advisory Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and served on Lord Carlisle’s Committee on Parole Systems Review. He served as a Magistrate and also as a member of the Board of Visitors for HM Prison Lewes. He was elected President of the Liberal Democrats from 2000-2004. He was appointed Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords in December 2004.
Lord Dholakia has won a number of prominent awards including “Asian of the Year” in November 2000. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by the Government of India in January 2003. In 2008 he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by Lions Clubs International Foundation. Lord Dholakia was awarded an Hon. Doctor of Laws Degree by the University of Hertfordhire in 2009, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York and from the University of East London in 2010. Lord Dholakia was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011 Lord and Lady Dholakia have two daughters; Anjali who is a Lawyer and Alene who is a Doctor of Medicine.
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