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Nick with Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, Leroy Rosenier, Shaka Hislop, Sol Campbell and other campaigners

Nick with Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, Leroy Rosenier, Shaka Hislop, Sol Campbell and other campaigners

Nick attended the Show Racism the Red Card reception today in Parliament. MPs had been invited to hear a selection of anti-racism campaigners speak about their experiences, and to update Parliament on the good work they have been doing. In attendance were a number of former footballers, including former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop and former defender Sol Campbell.

Show Racism the Red Card is an educational charity that was founded in 1995 by Shaka Hislop and others when he lived in Newcastle in his time as a player here. The organisation sends DVDs, magazines and educational packs to schools across the United Kingdom, to spread the message of anti-racism. They are based primarily in North Tyneside, but they have offices all over the world. There are a number of Show Racism the Red Card Hall-of-Famers with links to Newcastle, such as Les Ferdinand, Chris Hughton, Olivier Bernard, Shay Given, John Beresford and the late Sir Bobby Robson.

Nick said “Show Racism the Red Card is a great organisation doing great work across the country. It started off its life here in the North East, and has grown into something truly inspirational. The reception in Parliament showed us just how far we have come in tackling racism, but also how far we have still to go. The speakers spoke movingly about their experiences in fighting racism, and they are a real credit to their profession.”

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