Broadcaster takes helm at race body

Broadcaster and London assembly chairperson Trevor Phillips has
been appointed as head of the Commission for Racial Equality.

Phillips, who has a long history as a campaigner on equality
issues, will take up the post next month.

He said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the
CRE in its twin tasks of helping to bring our diverse communities
together and in rooting out discrimination in all its forms.”

Home secretary David Blunkett said: “Mr Phillips will play a vital
part in bringing about real and lasting change.”

Phillips’ appointment follows the dismissal of Gurbux Singh last
summer for a public disorder offence.

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