Lord Oakeshott funds BME candidates


In a push to support Ed Miliband's bid for No 10, former Liberal Democrat Lord Oakeshott is helping to bankroll 30 Labour candidates – including 4 BME candidates. He also supported leftwing Liberal Democrats of the party, including John Pugh — the only Liberal Democrat MP to openly call for Mr Clegg’s resignation and one Green Party candidate.

UKIP can be halted at the General Election


I can remember my mild surprise when listening to Douglas Carswell's acceptance speech the morning after he won the Clacton by-election back in October. Carswell, you'll recall, was the sitting Tory MP for the constituency who resigned when defecting to UKIP so he could fight the bye-election as that party's candidate.

Last few tickets for hear Rev Al Sharpton


Due to high demand OBV has made available more tickets to see Civil Rights Icon Rev Al Sharpton, who will help launch OBV's 2015 election campaign; Our time, our success.

To reserve your place for the last few available tickets email:

This will be Rev Sharpton's only public debate during his UK visit.

We look forward to seeing at this historic event.

Simon Woolley

Has the memory of Martin Luther King been airbrushed?


Yesterday was Martin Luther King day in the US, a day that celebrates the courage and achievements of this amazing man who galvinised people, black and white, to change American history.

Interestingly, however, a growing number of US activists believe the memory of Martin Luther King has been sanitised and are behind the #ReclaimMLK day hashtag.

Charlie Hebdo and Europe’s rampant racism


To be a conscious African or Muslim and to live in Europe is to inhabit a dual consciousness. That reality is informed by our historical and contemporary experience of European racism and bigotry. That double consciousness defines our reality. If we are told to look up we invariably look down, when we are told ‘he was carrying a gun when shot by the police; or that ‘ the job has already gone’ we look for their lies and are rarely disappointed.

OBV: our time, our success



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Electoral Commission: End £500 deposit required to stand in elections


A new review of electoral law has led Jenny Watson, Chair of the Electoral Commission to say: `The current rules on standing for election are complex, out of date and difficult for candidates to navigate.`

The Electoral Commission issued a report reviewing criteria for candidates including the removal of the `ability to pay` criterion.

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