About time our democracy went online


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


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!


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

A few hours left to register to vote


It literally takes less than 3 minutes to register to vote, but by doing so you make a declaration that you demand to be listened to.

The deadline is midnight  20th April

In the tightest of elections a few hundred votes here and there will not only decide the fate of some constituencies, it may decide the outcome of who has the keys to Downing Street

Keep on marching straight down to the ballot box


The Register to vote is midnight tonight.  Register here:

Today, Monday 20th April 2015 is a memorable day. This is the final and irrevocable deadline to register to vote in the British General Election taking place on 7th May 2015. Today does not so much represent a deadline for voter registration, but a lifeline for a better future.

Thank you Sol, Tinie, David, Ade, Magnus, Rankin and June


When good people come together we can change our world."

This is what one of the world's most famous photographers – Rankin - wrote on the inside pages of his book.

400 Africans die at sea: Politics doesn’t matter?


Just a few short months ago the European Union, to which the UK is one of its most powerful members agreed to scale back critical resources that would aid desperate African migrants attempting to arrive in Europe in over crowded boats.

The EU in their wisdom concluded that  if they take away the rescue boats that save lives less people will try and make the often trechorous journey.

June Sarpong turns skin white for OBV and Saatchi & Saatchi campaign


June sarpong let the Loose Women team perform an OBV makeover to enlist her talents and profile to the OBV/Saatchi & Saatchi ad campaign.

She spoke on the programme about her desire to take part in helping as many as one million people to register to vote by 20th April.

Register here:

David Harewood: Why I’m urging black and Asian Brits to vote


‘Whiting up’ for the registration campaign was strange, but the message is strong: if we don’t vote in the election, we’re taking our very colour out of British politics

Don't take the colour out of Britain


London is truly a global city. The capital represents what a globalised future will look like: increasingly diverse, dynamic and culturally vibrant. Magnus Djaba, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi UK, the world’s leading advertising and marketing consultancy, represents that future made flesh today.

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