Quoting Shakespeare to trade unionists

Sarah Kennedy (wife of Charles) came over to have a look at City Hall, have lunch with me and catch up on things. We knew each other when Charles was just a glint in her eye. As the news of her pregnancy had just been announced – there was much to talk about and not much of it about politics! She is just such an excellent partner for him – with a good sense of balance between her own life and support for his. He is one lucky man.

After lunch, went to the TUC in Great Russell Street for a meeting of the Commission for Racial Equality London Board (of which I am a member). The first hour is in the hall to hear a speech by its chair, Trevor Phillips first as part of Black History month.

It was quite an interesting speech. It’s probably the first time I have heard someone delivering a speech to union members quoting Shakespeare! The content was interesting and thoughtful and appeared to be well received.

There was a reception after, but I went on upstairs to the actual meeting of the CRE London Board. One of the key issues on the agenda was how to deal with the rise of the far right – exemplified by the election of a BNP councillor in Barking and Dagenham.