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The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1Labour and Cultural Change$
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Steven Fielding

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719043642

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719043642.001.0001

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Integrating black immigrants

Integrating black immigrants

(p.139) 6 Integrating black immigrants
The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1

Steven Fielding

Manchester University Press

This chapter takes up the issue of black immigration and establishes the party's dilemma, given both its commitment to integration and its need to retain the support of prejudiced white voters. Many Labour members thought the growing presence of black immigrants in Britain's towns and cities was problematic. Moreover, the presumed dire electoral implications of rising numbers of black people encouraged party leaders to support controls to appease prejudice. However, consistent with Labour's commitment to equality, ministers also promoted measures that challenged white opinion, while some activists and officials enthusiastically advanced the policy of integration. Overall, however, black immigration was an issue Labour was ill prepared to address and one many wished would disappear as quickly as possible.

Keywords:   black immigration, white voters, Labour, prejudice, Britain, integration, equality

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