Kay Hampton to oversee transitional period at CRE as it becomes part of Commission for Equality and Human Rights

Secretary of state for communities and local government Ruth Kelly has told new Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) chairman Kay Hampton that she will be crucial to the body’s legacy.

Hampton replaces Trevor Phillips as chairman of the CRE on 1 December to allow Phillips to concentrate on his role as chairman of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR), which will replace the CRE on 31 October 2007.

Kelly said: “This is a particularly important time for the CRE as it works to ensure it leaves the strongest possible legacy.

“Kay Hampton, with the current group of commissioners, will have a key role to play in the legacy and in the transition.”

Four new commissioners were appointed alongside Hampton – Aled Edwards, Yaseer Ahmed, Jane Codona and Uzoamaka Iwobi.

Hampton said: “Together with my fellow commissioners, I intend to work closely with the CEHR to ensure a seamless transition of both the substantive work of the CRE as well as the vast knowledge and skills that we have accrued over the years.”

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