Sunder Katwala
Sunder Katwala is a writer and thinker with a focus on issues of identity and integration, migration, social justice and human rights. He is the director of a new organisation which will inform and deepen the public conversation around these issues, and which will be launched in the Autumn of 2011. He was previously General Secretary of the Fabian Society from 2003 until 2011, and has also worked as a journalist at The Observer (2001-3), as research director of The Foreign Policy Centre think-tank (1999-2001) and as a commissioning editor for the publisher Macmillan (1995-1999). He studied PPE at Jesus College, Oxford. He is happily married, and the proud father of three children, Zarina, Jay and Sonny. He tweets at @sundersays

Entries by Sunder Katwala

The Class of 2015 Enter Britain's Most Diverse Ever Parliament

(12) Comments | Posted 9 May 2015 | (00:00)

A record number of ethnic minority MPs have been elected to the House of Commons - 41 non-white MPs enter the new 2015 parliament compared to 27 at the last General Election, according to British Future's analysis of the constituency results.

All 27 ethnic minority MPs in the last Parliament...

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How to Make Immigration Promises You Can Keep

(10) Comments | Posted 27 November 2014 | (09:14)

Thursday's ONS immigration statistics show net migration at 260,000, effectively signalling the death of the government's net migration target - the 'tens of thousands' that the Prime Minister and Home Secretary promised net migration would be by the general election.

Yet as the evidence has mounted that the...

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Five Reasons the No Campaign Should (Just About) Win in the End

(39) Comments | Posted 8 September 2014 | (00:00)

The Scottish referendum campaign has turned into a knife-edge race. The poll of polls has shrunk to a 55-45 margin, and the most recent YouGov poll had the gap at 53-47. Social media is awash with unverified rumours that an unpublished Panelbase poll is about to show the first-ever Yes...

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Why the World Won't Fall Out Over the First World War Centenary

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2014 | (12:52)

The centenary of the first great global conflict was bound to cause a few diplomatic headaches. Views of the educational value in pinning down why war broke out in 1914 might still differ, a century on, in Belgrade and Vienna. As the British government seeks to ensure that centenary activities...

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An Open Letter to The Sun Over Ramadan

(19) Comments | Posted 3 July 2013 | (17:46)

Dear David Dinsmore,

Congratulations on your recent appointment as editor of The Sun. I wish you success in leading a newspaper which has such an important voice in our national public debates.

I am writing to you about a factual error in The Sun's front-page story "Ramadan a Ding-Dong". The...

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Our Island Story

(2) Comments | Posted 30 July 2012 | (09:28)

"The isle is full of noises", read the tempestuous pledge on the giant Olympic bell. From the moment that our latest British sporting great, the Belgian-born cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, rang the giant Whitechapel bell, and Kenneth Branagh began to narrate a story of this sceptred isle, Danny Boyle's opening...

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Rising Population?

(2) Comments | Posted 16 July 2012 | (11:38)

How do you solve a problem like a rising population? And, if it is a problem, what type of problem is it.

That is a debate immediately being sparked by the first results from the 2011 census, revealing that the population of England and Wales is now 56.1 million, rising...

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'Electorate Should Not Be Influenced by Toulouse'

(4) Comments | Posted 22 March 2012 | (16:45)

The terrible racist murder of schoolchildren in Toulouse has shocked France.

With just five weeks to go, speculation has immediately begun about how the shootings will affect the French Presidential election. The snapshot view seems to be that the Toulouse shootings may well have "turned the race upside down". The...

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Defending A Free Press From The Newspapers

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2011 | (06:54)

Nobody can predict where the fallout from the News of the World phone-hacking scandal will end up, because the old assumptions have crumbled, while nobody knows what the rules of the game are going to be.

News International has been for three decades the most aggressive and confident corporation in...

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