Record number of black candidates seek Equity council seats

Tanya Moodie in Joanne at Soho Theatre. Photo: Katherine Leedale Tanya Moodie, pictured in Joanne at Soho Theatre last year, is among 41 candidates standing for election to the Equity council. Photo: Katherine Leedale
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Performers Sandra Marvin and Tanya Moodie are standing for election to the Equity council, which this year features more black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates than ever before in the union’s history.

A total of 17% of the candidates are black, Asian or minority ethnic. This represents 13 of the 76 standing, and compares with just four in the 2014 elections.

In total, there are 84 seats up for election, but some of the candidates are standing in more than one section.

The nominees for president once again include Malcolm Sinclair, who currently holds the post, Jean Rogers, and Dave Eager. All stood against each other in 2014. Sinclair is running for a fourth term.

Marvin and Moodie are standing for election in the 41-strong general list, which also includes Summer Strallen. This year’s candidates include 25 women, compared with 16 men. Ten of those standing for a seat are from BAME backgrounds.

Equity assistant general secretary Martin Brown said: “The selection of candidates in this year’s elections is a sign of how much Equity is moving forward. There are more black and minority ethnic candidates than at any time in Equity’s history, well over half the members standing in the general list are women and this is probably the youngest ever field. I hope members feel excited about their union’s future and get involved by voting.”

Out of the 41 standing in the general list, only 12 can be elected. Other contested seats include four to represent variety, circus and entertainment, and two minority ethnic members.