Ukip MEP James Carver contacts police over ‘racist Romany Gypsy abuse’

Ukip MEP James Carver has reported “racist abuse” to police after receiving “deeply offensive” tweets about his Romany Gypsy background. Mr Carver, 64, who represents the West Midlands, said he had been called a “pikey b*****d” on Twitter – a derogatory term for the traveller community. He said that he received the abuse after posting…

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Patrin – A photographic journey through Gypsy Heritage in the East Midlands

We launched the Patrin project yesterday at the House of Commons, in the presence of the Gypsy community, the All Parliamentary Committee for Gypsy, Travellers and Roma and a gathering of activists and lawyers. For those of you who don’t know anything about the project here’s my introduction from the book.   —- Patrin is…

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Slandering the Roma is racist

There is everything racist about denigrating a group of people as though their shared ethnicity means shared values and implying collective responsibility for the actions of individuals. In the movie Talladega Nights, motor-racing champion Ricky Bobby celebrates his victory with an obscene gesture. When his team’s owner complains about the money and prestige his profanity has…

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Second child returned to Roma family in Ireland

A second child from a Roma family who was taken into care in the Republic of Ireland has been reunited with his parents. The two-year-old boy was taken from his family on Tuesday in Athlone, County Westmeath and returned a day later. It comes after relatives of a blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl taken into care in…

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Shopowner’s racism shame

A 78-year-old community stalwart has been found guilty of a racist attack on a traveller family. Prominent businesswoman José Hampson flew into a rage at the travellers who live in an encampment on Hut Lane, Heath Charnock, near her home. The former school teacher and governor, who has run Hampson’s Toymaster, Market Street, Chorley, with…

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