A march opposing racial discrimination: 1965
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London
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A march opposing racial discrimination. A united demonstration of students, workers and people from many parts of the Commonwealth marched through London's West End with banners and posters, condemning the government's colour-bar immigration bill. A resolution, calling for the replacement of the Bill by legislation against racial discrimination, was adopted with acclaim and taken to the Prime Minister's official residence. In 1965 a Labour government White Paper suggested limiting entry into Britain to people classified as skilled workers, or those with guaranteed jobs. The Conservative government had introduced the 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Bill, which greatly restricted the numbers of Commonwealth citizens permitted to enter Britain. The 1962 Bill also caused a steep rise in immigration just prior to its implementation, by those who wanted to get into Britain before it was too late.
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