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Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad

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People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

Finsbury Park Imam saves terror suspect

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In an act of supreme bravery and courage the Finsbury Park Mosque Imam Mr Mahmoud probably saved the life of the suspected terrorist who mowed down Muslim worshippers who were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque last night. Reports tell of one person who is dead , and others very seriously injured when a van, driven at speed targeted Muslims coming from the Mosque.

It’s official 2017 Election: The Black vote won it!

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Whilst there is no doubt that there has been an increase in the youth vote and a greater sense of, 'we demand to be listened to',  political analytical experts have now concluded that the surprise element to  these elections was not necessarily the youth vote, but rather the vote of the Black and minority ethnic electorate- The Black Vote.

Analysing the data Bristol University academic Paula Surridge found that diversity, not young people, was more important in driving higher turnout in constituencies.

James Arthur Harley: A Scholar and a Statesman

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A story of Empire, Education and Elitism

Residing in one of Washington's most exclusive neighbourhoods, holding pink tea parties, advocating for civil rights in 1900's - is not the usual narrative of Black people at the turn of the twentieth century. Yet, this describes the fascinating life of James Arthur Harley, a name who most will not recognise, but thanks to the work of OBV alumni, Dr Pamela Roberts, James Arthur Harley will now be a name which is celebrated and a source of inspiration for all.

Two more OBV alumni head for Parliament

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Exactly thirty years ago today politics received a seismic shift.  Four Black MP's were elected to Parliament - the first in almost 100 years. Ten years later OBV was born.  After last week’s election there are now 52 BME MPs in Parliament - a quantum leap from what occurred thirty years ago.

A number of these MP's graduated through the OBV MP shadowing scheme.  This year we launch a new scheme with high hopes of nurturing a new generation of BME leaders and MPs.

Britain has changed and you changed it.

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This morning we wake up in a new country. A country that feels somehow different as a result of a new and profound shift in the political tectonic plates of the UK terra firma.

No doubt, by lunchtime today, I expect Prime Minister Theresa May to have resigned. She has failed to secure her mandate for a "hard Brexit" and as a result the vengeful Tory leadership is sharpening its knives ready for a very long night.

Failing that she will try and form a weak coalition with the racist and extreme right wing DUP .

Stunning rise in BME MPs

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Stunning rise in BME MPs to Westminster

Another one of the unexpected results of this election has seen a remarkable rise in BME MP’s in Westminster with 11 new BME MP’s and only one loss, taking the number now to 52 BME MP’s.

But the numbers don’t tell half of the story about what has occurred in this election.

Urgent Statement in Support of Diane Abbott MP

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Thursday 8th June 2017

We deplore the racism, misogyny and hatred suffered by Diane Abbott MP during this election campaign. This barrage of hate has exacerbated her ill-health and stress, that comes as a direct result of the MSM hate campaign, and bias media coverage that we’ve seen emerge, on almost every occasion Diane makes a public appearance or a statement.

OBV Alumni Profile: Marsha de Cordova and Shade Adoh

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In this year's general election, we are witnessing the highest proportion of female Parliamentary Candidates the UK has ever seen. Of these candidates, two are graduates from OBV's BME Women's Councillor Scheme, and are hoping to win over their constituents and make a difference as MP's.

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