Cameron’s reshuffle: Diversity works


We are two years away from the next general election, but David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle is an early sign of his intent. Cameron has made an attempt at diversity, shaking off criticisms of only promoting white, middle class males from the south.

There were only a few alterations in Cabinet, but there were more significant changes among the junior ministers in what Grant Shapps called “a reshuffle for hardworking people”. BME MP’s have made significant gains in Cameron’s reshuffle.

Tommy Robinson quits EDL


Having created an organisation of racial and religious hatred, Tommy Robinson and his co-founder Kevin Carroll, have decided to leave the English Defense League citing that the organization has become too extreme.

Many reading this news will quite rightly be suspicious and skeptical. After all, it was only a few months ago when Robinson and Carroll were seeking to make allies across Europe with Far Right groups even more extreme and violent than some of their own thuggish supporters here in the UK.

Pamela Roberts: Black Oxford


Oxford is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Its alumni can be found at the top of most fields; this includes educating 26 British Prime Ministers and many more heads of states from other countries.

Lampedusa: We pray for the African dead


Our imagination cannot stretch to the fear and horror that the deceased Africans and those who survived must have endured during the capsizing of the boat carrying nearly 500 migrants from Africa to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Italian officials estimate that the death toll will be close to 300 including women and children.

Dr Garvey: ‘Racist right wing close down US Gov’


The son of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Dr Julius Garvey made an impassioned speech at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office earlier this week. He said:

Some Republicans hate President Barack Obama so much they are content that ordinary people will go without pay. The racist Right wing - The Tea Party - will shut down the Government in a bid to the President and his Health Care Bill.”

Labour’s increased respect for the Armed Forces


OBV Graduate, Dr Sundar Thava an NHS GP and former Major in the British Army reflects on the Labour Party’s relationship with our armed forces.

The values and standards of the British Armed Forces have much to teach the political establishment and modern society about courage, duty, honour and sacrifice. Within the forces family these are not just words, but the embodiment of a life spent in the service of something bigger than ‘the self’.

Nick Clegg: Why Black History Month matters


As Black History Month begins this October, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has celebrated the occasion by recognising the importance of BHM.

Black History Month reminds us that remembering the past is about more than just memorising important dates and facts. It is about recognising and understanding the kaleidoscopic mix of people, events and influences that have shaped the country we live in and make us who we are.

Theresa May: Stop and Search must be fair


The Home Secretary Theresa May reiterated her concern over the present practice of ‘Stop and Search’. Speaking at her Party’s national conference, May warned that the present practice, which disproportionately affects Black people 7-1 causes not only distrust but, she suggested, is not that effective.

Marcus Garvey’s son arrives for UK tour


Dr Julius Garvey MD, son of human rights activist Marcus Mosiah Garvey, will visit the UK from 30th September to 5th October 2013 as part of celebrations during Black History Month.

British Sikhs: Celebrating diversity and honouring Lee Rigby


The British Sikh Association chose their annual showcase event to honour Drummer Lee Rigby.

Hundreds gathered at the Radisson Hotel in Portman Sqare for an evening of dance, music and tributes to what Britain’s Sikh community hold dear.

Chair of the British Sikh Association Dr Rami Ranger spoke for many when he said:

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