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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.

Three candidates blazing the trail! - Gallery 5

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Bim Afolami, Conservative PPC for Lewisham and Deptford

Bim is a corporate lawyer who advises both big and small businesses. As well as his legal career, he also serves as a governor to a local primary school and is involved with a number of charities.

Having attended Oxford University, Bim is passionate about education and wants to provide better schools, as well as prioritise affordable housing, additional trains to central London and better quality local jobs.

Three candidates blazing the trail! - Gallery 4

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Ben Foday, Plaid Cymru for Cardiff South and Penarth

Ben was born and educated in Sierra Leone, but has lived in the Welsh capital for more than 30 years, and works for an employment agency.

A well-known local campaigner, Ben’s political interests include social justice and economic development.

Ben served as a Labour councillor for 6 years until 1999, but then defected to Plaid Cymru and is running for the seat of Cardiff South and Penarth.

Facebook: ben.foday1

Three candidates blazing the trail for greater BME representation! - Gallery 3

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Chamali Fernando, Conservative candidate for Cambridge City

Chamali is a qualified barrister here and in New York. She is an extremely strong candidate who wants Cambridge to become a leading global benchmark for a greener, fairer and more sustainable world. Her other priorities are to improve the quality of life and to create employment opportunities. Undoubtedly Chamali is a considerable asset to her party and, if elected, to Cambridge where she has lived for 16 years.

Website: http://www.chamalifernando.com/

Three candidates blazing the trail for greater BME representation! - Gallery 2

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Reetendra Nath Banerji, Liberal Democrats candidate for Salisbury

Reetendra Nath Banerji is a self-employed Management Consultant specialising in Change Management. Born in West London he has worked in both the UK and USA.  Reetendra believes that in order to have a strong economy we need to build a fairer society in which government, business and enterprise do not impose unnecessarily upon people's lives.

Azhar Ali, Labour PPC for Pendle

About time our democracy went online

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This is the business end of the year for Operation Black Vote. We've been working hard on ensuring all communities are registered to vote with particular emphasis on Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. We travelled the length and breadth of the country engaging in thousands of conversations with members of the public on the issue of registering to vote and politics more generally.

Frankie Boyle’s master class in white supremacy

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I’ve not always agreed with the satire of Frankie Boyle, particularly when it has been focused on those who are least likely to defend themselves, such as his attack on Katie Price’s disabled son. But when funny men and women use satire and humour to challenge the powerful then the ordinary citizen is both empowered and emboldened to believe that we’re not alone and we can fight back.

Three candidates blazing the trail for greater BME representation!

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Two weeks to go to the General Election, with more - though not enough - BME candidates standing for election to Parliament than ever before. Some are OBV alumni, attending and passing our award-winning Leadership and Shadowing schemes.

In the run up to the election we'll shine a light on some who we hope to see in Parliament after 7 May:

Clive Lewis, Labour candidate for Norwich South

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