Simon Woolley awarded GG2’s Pride of Britain Award


Last month, Simon and I were invited to the prestigious GG2 Leadership Awards at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster. At the time, I thought we were simply going along as guests, but I was filled with shock and pride when I looked at the award nominees to see Simon’s name there. Working in race equality is often a thankless task, therefore this recognition not only of OBV’s work, but of the importance of race equality, we felt like winners already.

Raja takes the Bench


After years of community involvement, Raja Basharat Ali will devotedly continue his civic service; this time as a magistrate for North East London. Selected in September, Ali is confident the skills he has gained from participating in the Magistrates Shadowing Scheme will steer him in making the right decisions in the court.

Diane Abbott MP salutes Nelson Mandela


Diane Abbott MP speaking in Parliament earlier this week about the death of Nelson Mandela.

The British Sikh Association pays tribute to Mandela


The Sikh Gurus championed human freedom, equality and harmony amongst people of different faiths for a better world. In line with these teachings and with the principles of Sikh Gurus, Nelson Mandela inspired others and preached multi racial harmony and equality for all irrespective of colour and race and was a beacon of hope for people across the world.

He brought about a profound change in the hearts and minds of white South Africans and united a divided nation.

Sanitising Mandela



"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice." Nelson Mandela.

No doubt like many of you I've been thinking a lot about Nelson Mandela. I've also been thinking about how his life and death affects our political fortunes both at home and further afield.

World leaders pay tribute to Mandela


Leaders from around the world have converged on a football stadium in Soweto South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. President Barak Obama will lead the tributes from international State figures. Here from the UK the Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour’s Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg will all be in attendance.

Victims battle over caste discrimination


In her final article for Operation Black Vote, intern Mallory Moench takes on the contentious issue of caste discrimination. It is a well studied excellent piece of writing. I’d like to personally thank Mallory and Nilay, who have spent the last two months working at OBV the very best in the future. I’m convinced they will have great futures as political writers - Simon Woolley.

Aneeta Prem: The woman behind the ‘slave’ expose


OBV speaks exclusively to Aneeta Prem, a long time friend of OBV who supported the OBV Magistrates Shadowing Scheme and has recently gained prominence for her charity’s role in releasing three women from 30 years of alleged slavery in south London.

Dawn Butler wins Brent Central nomination


Former Government Minister Dawn Butler defied her critics by once again winning the nomination to stand as the Labour Party candidate for Brent Central. In 2010 Butler lost the seat during a fierce contest with Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather. Butler always contested that she should be given a second chance to win back the seat, but at every juncture she faced stiff opposition.

But having come through this latest battle, Butler expressed her gratitude in a letter to her prospective constituents:

Goodbye Madiba



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