Author Archive for British Future

Britain elects most-diverse parliament ever

The 2019 General Election returned the most diverse Parliament ever, with 10% of MPs now from an ethnic minority background

‘Healing the wounds: bridging divides through a shared economy’

A speech from British Future Director Sunder Katwala to the Centre for Progressive Policy's Inclusive Growth Conference 2019.

Britain’s Angriest Election?

Is this Britain's angriest election? Not so much, writes Josh Westerling, reporting on British Future and The UK in a Changing Europe's event.

Late surge in minority candidates paves way for ‘most diverse parliament ever’

The next parliament looks set to be the most diverse ever, according to new analysis.

How do we tackle prejudice in polarised times?

Sunder Katwala on the 'One Nation' test for political parties: that no citizen should feel there is a tension between supporting that party and their faith or their ethnic background. 

Remember Together Leicester

Inspired by the story of the Indian Comforts Fund, British Future and the Royal British Legion brought Leicester's diverse communities together to Remember Together our shared history of service and sacrifice.

Remembering Together in Boston, Lincolnshire

Boston's Polish and English communities come together for an event to remember their shared history.

England 6 Racism 0

As England's black footballers face racist chanting from Bulgarian fans, what needs to happen to root racism out of football?

Is the Government on-point with an Australian-style immigration system?

People think of the 'Australian points system' for immigration as a selective policy that does let people in. It could be popular with voters - but can it work in the UK?

How do we counter extremism without restricting debate?

The new report from the Commission for countering extremism offers a strong foundation for a clearer and more focused approach to hateful extremism, writes Sunder Katwala.

Government heading for new Windrush if it fails to guarantee EU citizens’ rights, Tories warn

'Repugnant' to move goalposts on EU citizens' rights, senior Conservatives tell party conference fringe

Brexit deal or Remain, Labour would defend free movement – fringe report

Labour’s new policy on Brexit would make the case for freedom of movement, whichever way a referendum went, British Future's conference fringe heard from Paul Blomfield MP, shadow spokesman on Brexit, and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy.

‘Britain never encouraged my Italian parents to become British’

‘Boris asked why my Italian parents didn’t become British – I said it’s because Britain never encouraged them,’ says chair of new citizenship inquiry

British Future citizenship inquiry

A new, independent inquiry into UK citizenship policy, chaired by Alberto Costa MP and coordinated by British Future, will set out practical proposals for citizenship reform that would be capable of securing cross-party support. The initiative also aims to foster further debate about citizenship policy.

‘How can we disagree better?’ #PositiveTwitterDay event at Twitter HQ

We were at Twitter’s London HQ today, writes Josh Westerling, for our #PositiveTwitterDay panel event, asking: ‘How can we disagree better?’.

Time to boost English language learning

A new ‘Learning English’ freeview TV channel should form part of a £600 million overhaul of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teaching in the UK

Positive Twitter Day, Friday 30 August

Political discourse often feels more angry and divisive than any of us would like. #PositiveTwitterDay is a small gesture towards a more civil way of doing things.

An open letter to the new Home Secretary

The new Home Secretary has an opportunity to make historic reforms to immigration policy that restore public trust on the issue, British Future has said in an open letter.

#PositiveTwitterDay, Friday 30 August

#PositiveTwitterDay asks people to discuss and debate online in a more civil way, just for one day on Friday 30 August. But it also aims to spark a wider conversation – about how we can all help shape the norms of behaviour on social media.

Cricket World Cup could unite us – if only we could all see it

Putting the cricket World Cup behind a paywall is a missed opportunity to bring people across England together, writes Josh Westerling