Black History Month – Political Representation

Saturday 23 October 2021

in partnership with Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights


The Scottish Parliament elections in May resulted in six minority ethnic members– a positive leap on the previous two male ethnic minority MSPs. How much progress does this signal in a political world that needs to be representative of a Scotland with a 4% ethnic minority population? Why did it take so long and what are the barriers and solutions?

Join our panel to discuss ‘political window-dressing’; shortlists; diverse selection committees and deep-rooted inequalities in an on-going campaign to ensure political democracy and diversity.

Chair: Alison Johnstone MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament


Kaukab Stewart MSP

Pam Gosal MSP

Foysol Choudhury MSP

Jatin Harai, Executive Officer, CRER

The Festival of Politics is an annual festival hosted by the Scottish Parliament. The Festival of Politics is open to everyone. It aims to engage, inspire and inform.

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