Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad


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.

The power of the Migrant vote!


Never mind Ukip, what about the migrant vote? A new report by the Migrant Rights Network group clearly demonstrates that those individuals living abroad but have the right to now vote in the 2015 General election could be a critical element in deciding who wins and who loses this May’s General election.

Upper Cut: Unravelling UK Black politics


It’s strange watching a play that depicts a life that you know so well, a life and lives that you’ve seen up close and personal, albeit at a distance.

That was my experience last night watching Juliet Gilkes Romero’s moving play; Upper cut, at the Southwark Theatre last night.

Rev Al Sharpton: “They hope you won’t vote”


Rev Al Shaprton made a blistering attack on the UK’s political elite when he told a packed audience at Westminster University, that those who refuse to effectively tackle race inequality are ‘depending upon the fact that come polling day, Black people won’t show up’.

Because if we did, he added, we could not only vote them out but also demand those who come in to address our issues. Reciting from OBV political research, he said:

Selma’s message relevant to the UK in 2015


Our thanks to the US Embassy for hosting the private viewing of Selma last night, and asking OBV to lead the event. As a result, a number of the invitees were OBV guests, and Baroness King of Bow and Simon Woolley made up the panel, chaired by Afua Hirsch, which discussed the film and took questions from the audience.

Rev Al Sharpton's only UK public talk-University of Westminster


OBV launches its General Election campaign this  Saturday 24th Jan at 12 noon at the University of Westminster, 4-12 Little Titchfield St, Central London, W1W 7BY.

To help with that launch we OBV has invited international civil Rights icon Rev Al Sharpton.

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