Celebrating Diversity and Community Voices: Labour’s ‘Connecting Communities Media Reception


On the vibrant evening of September 4, 2023, the Labour Party proudly hosted the ‘Connecting Communities Media Reception,’ a heartfelt celebration of the diversity, resilience, and power of community voices within the media landscape. The event, graciously hosted by SME4Labour and attended by David Lammy MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, brought together a constellation of influential figures, including Jonathan Reynolds MP, Anneliese Dodds MP, Afzal Khan MP, Ibrahim Dogus, and other esteemed Members of Parliament.

Community and diaspora publications, often the unsung heroes of our media, took the spotlight as we expressed deep gratitude for their invaluable contributions to shaping the UK media landscape. These publications, through their unique perspectives and local narratives, play a vital role in connecting people and fostering understanding.

The evening was not just a political affair; it was a warm gathering, an opportunity to connect with the Labour Party, including members of the Shadow Cabinet, in anticipation of the upcoming General Election. Attendees had the chance to network with like-minded colleagues, all passionate about amplifying diverse voices and fostering a more inclusive society.

Set against the backdrop of Central London, the event buzzed with energy and enthusiasm. Attendees engaged in lively conversations, sharing experiences and visions for the future. The atmosphere was one of unity and collaboration, underlining the importance of solidarity in our shared pursuit of a more inclusive and diverse media landscape.

The ‘Connecting Communities Media Reception’ stood as a testament to the Labour Party’s commitment to inclusivity. In the spirit of this commitment, we were delighted to have our own photographer capture the essence of the evening. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who attended, making the event a resounding success.

For those who couldn’t be there in person, rest assured that the event was a vibrant tapestry of voices and ideas.

In celebrating community publications and the voices they represent, we reaffirm our dedication to fostering an inclusive society where every voice matters. The ‘Connecting Communities Media Reception’ was more than an event; it was a celebration of unity, diversity, and the power of community voices. Together, we move forward, amplifying these voices, ensuring they echo far and wide, and shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for all