Political Recognition
 
These letters are from the following political figures who acknowledge WISC's leadership in the quest to establish the concept of equality in Britain's race relations:

Gordon Brown - Prime Minister: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

Tony Blair - Prime Minister: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA 

I am delighted to be abl;e to sen this mssage for inclusion in your Celebratory Brochure.  ThisGobvernmen isworking t transform Britain into a society which is inclusive and propersous.  Eliminating unjustified discrimination wherever it exists and promoting equality is at the heart of the Governent's agenda.

Britain's Afro-Caribbean community is an integral part of ouur society and makes an increasingly valuable contributio both economically and culturally.  This is an excellent opportunity to share and celebrate your culture wth t wider community.

I wish you all success and prosperity in the New Millennium.

Tony Blair  (11 March 2000)

Gordon Brown - Prime Minister: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

"I am pleased to be able to offer my most sincere congratulations top mark the 50th Anniversary of the West Indian Standing Conference.  This milestone is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the last half-century in tackling racial discrimination, events in which you played an important part as representatives for the West Indian Community in Britain.

I would like to take his opportunity to pay tribute to the outstanding contributions West Indians have made to British society in so many areas including our schools and our hospitals - in medicine and health care  throughout the NHS, which so often relies on West Indian nurses and doctors - and in our  creative industries, as will as many other sectors.

The Afro-Caribbean community today has some of the country's highest academic achievers, as well as sporting champions and arts and cultural performers. It is clear to me that the West Indian Community has made Britain immeasurably stronger.  You have been at the forefront of anti-racist work and human rights campaigns, which ultimately benefit all British citizens, regardless of background or ethnicity.

I am proud that it has been a Labour Government  that has pushed forward legislation to end racial inequality and discrimination and I will continue to do this with the introduction of the Equalities Bill.

I would like to congratulate the West Indian Standing Conference on your 50 Year Anniversary and thank you for your continued contribution to improving the lives of West Indians who have chosen to make Britain their home, as well as our society in general. Gordon Brown - Prime Minister"

Gordon Brown

David Cameron:  Leader of the Opposition,  House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

"I am delighted to send my best wishes to everyone involved in the West Indian Standing Conference as you celebrate your 50th year. over that time, WISC has contributed a great deal through through its social welfare work and by working to improve relations between communities in Britain.  We all have shared responsibility for our shared future, and many have cause to be grateful for all you have done.

Britain is rightly proud of our ethnically diverse society, and  of British identity and shared values.  All of us- whatever our background or faith - have  got far more that unites us than divides us.  I am sure it will be an enjoyable and memorable Golden Jubilee. With best wishes. David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition"

David Cameron

NICK Clegg - Leader of the Liberal Democrats, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
"The 50th anniversary of the West Indian Standing Conference is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the organisation's significant contribution to the opposition of racism and racial discrimination in Britain.

The commitment of the West Indian Standing Conference to the ideals of justice, equality and fair play are shared by the Liberal Democrats and I would like to take this opportunity to wish the WISC a very happy birthday and good luck for the future. Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats"

Nick Clegg

Lord Herman Ouseley,

"Dear Brothers and Sisters, The birth of WISC wa essential in the late 1950s to help those new arrivals from the Caribbean islands to settle, to get advice, to overcome the brutal effects of overt racism, to challenge racist policing an to give Black people a collective voice in the absence of  equality and fair treatment for people of colour.
WISC was not only necessary then, but has been responsive to the changing needs of generations of people of West Indian origin over the subsequent 50 years. Congratulations and appreciation for the splendid work done by all involved in WISC over the five decades and still being here, inspite of the day to day struggle for survival.  All good wishes, Yours, Herman Ouseley." 

Lord Herman

His Excellency Dr James E. Williams - High Commissioner  for St Christopher and Nevis and Deputy Dean of the Diplomatic Corp

"Fellow West Indians and Members of the West Indian Standing Conference Limited. I consider it a great honour to be asked to bring you greetings on behalf  of myself and fellow High Commissioners, as you celebrate fifty years of achievement on this auspicious occasion. For many of you, it has  been a remarkable transition from the days fifty years ago when you embarked on you embarked on your journey to London in search of streets paved with gold.

As you review the years starting from the days of 'no blacks, no dogs, no Irish' and reaching to the present era of multi-culturalism, racial tolerance and understanding, religious tolerance  and improved economic prosperity, you need to congratulate yourselves on a well fought battle despite a myriad of odds.

Your dogged persistence has contributed  tremendously to closer unity among the members of the British public and has made the Caribbean a household. 

The teaching service, the medical service, the transport service, all serve as outstanding icons to the contribution of the Caribbean the Europe. Let me close by wishing you a happy golden anniversary and hope that for most of you,instead of retiring you will simply put on new tyres or re-tyre and proceed for another 50 years.  H.E. Dr James E. Williams"

His Excellency  

CEHR - The Missing Link

In the light of the commendations from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, now Prime Minister  and Deputy-Prime Minister respectively; WISC is still waiting for a commendation from Trevor Phillips, former Chairman of the Commission for Equality and now Chairman of the Single Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR). We believe that he owes greater debt of gratitude to WISC because he has benefitted more than most Chair persons, from his acquisition of the Chairmanship of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) to the Chairmanship of the CEHR as a consequence of WISC's campaign which created the Race Relations Industry.  

Although praised for its 50 years of championing equality and fairplay, WISC has not been able to realize a grant for its exceptional work from the CRE nor the CEHR since Trevor became Chairman of both institutions.  Previous to Trevor Phillips, WISC has always been engaged in annual meetings with former Chairs to discuss issues of concern and strategy.  Since Trevor Phillips, we have had only one meeting and WISC has been excluded from the information loop. We wonder why?

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