Unconscious Bias

Over the next six weeks, Labour members will be meeting in local branches across Brighton & Hove, to first shortlist and then select our Labour candidates for the 2019 council elections.  Dates of all the Pavilion branches’ meetings can be found in our What’s On listings.

Our aim is for a diverse, inclusive and representative field of Labour candidates at the local elections in May 2019, including elected Labour representatives who are women, black and minority ethnic (BAME) people, from our LGBT+ community, and disabled people. One of the biggest obstacles to the representation of these under-represented groups among our elected representatives is the unconscious bias which can influence selection decisions.

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There is a risk that we can all apply unconscious bias in our shortlisting and selection decisions. Unconscious bias is something which we all have. To ensure that selections are fair and free from bias the best we can do is to consider our own unconscious bias as we make decisions. Therefore we are asking Labour members who will participate in decision-making about selections to watch two short videos:

The first is a brief three minute animation on “understanding unconscious bias” from the Royal Society, which also provides useful links to other materials, for anyone interested in doing some further reading, including this introductory briefing.

The second, fourteen minute video, “What does my headscarf mean to you?” challenges intersectional biases, including race, faith and gender in an interesting and entertaining TED talk by Yassmin Abdel_Magied.

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