TV politician to head race commission

Trevor
Phillips, the broadcaster and politician, has been unveiled as the new head of
the Commission for Racial Equality.

Phillips,
who is currently the chairman of the London Assembly, is replacing the
disgraced former leader Gurbux Singh, who stood down after threatening police
officers at a cricket match.

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Secretary David Blunkett announced that Philips is being handed the role, after
being selected from more than 100 applicants.

Phillips,
who previously ran as Frank Dobson’s deputy in the London mayoral elections
said: "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the Commission
for Racial Equality in its twin tasks of helping to bring all our diverse
communities together and in rooting out racism and discrimination in all its
forms.

"There
are few more significant challenges in our society, and I look forward to
working with the commissioners and staff of a rejuvenated CRE."

www.cre.gov.uk

By Quentin Reade

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