Last month, I attended the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham, the same place where 50 years ago Enoch Powell delivered the infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech.
The speech was divisive in its intent and wrong in its predictions.
My friend and colleague Ian Austin MP organised a Rally Against Racism which I attended to show just how wrong Enoch Powell was.
We were joined by Preet Gill MP- the first Sikh woman MP from the West Midlands, Eleanor Smith MP- she holds Enoch Powell’s old seat and is the first black woman MP from the West Midlands, Neena Gill- our Sikh MEP for the West Midlands, Ravi Subramanian- the Unison Regional Secretary and Shabana Mahmood MP- the first Muslim woman MP elected to our Parliament.
It was a fantastic event which highlighted that we have more in common than what divides us.