Race Discrimination Bill 1960

Race Discrimination Bill 1960
  • Title: Race Discrimination Bill

  • Date : 1960

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/PU/2/119

  • Description :

    Following the 1959 General Election, Archibald Fenner Brockway brought his Race Discrimination Bill to Parliament a second time. The 1960 Bill found greater support within the Labour Party amongst MPs such as Barbara Castle and Tony Benn.  It was also well received by some Conservative Party members, most notably the distinguished athlete and television broadcaster Christopher Chattaway, who had won the Parliamentary seat for the multi-cultural London borough of Lewisham in the recent election. The principles of the Bill were now being considered within an international context, including that of the new Commonwealth nations and the increasing protestations against the apartheid system in South Africa. However it was not until after the 1964 Labour election victory that attempts at legislation were successful.

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