Diversity in Parliament - Predictions


Research by thinktank British Future has revealed that the Conservatives are likely to add three new Asian MPs to Parliament after the general election, whilst Labour look as if they will lose two of their own.

The Tory Asian candidates predicted to win seats are Resham Kotecha in Coventry North-West, Kashif Ali in Oldham East and Saddleworth, and Paul Uppal in Wolverhampton South-West (who lost his seat in 2015).

As it stands at the moment, the Conservatives have 17 MPs of ethnic minority backgrounds, whilst Labour have 23.

Adeel Akhtar: Making Bafta History


Adeel Akhtar has made Bafta history after becoming the first BME best actor winner.  On Sunday night he was given the award for his performance in the BBC Three drama Murdered By My Father, which featured Akhtar as a man who kills his daughter in an apparent honour killing.

Akhtar is also notable for his work in the 2010 film Four Lions, as well as dramas Apple Tree Yard and The Night Manager.

Sulley Muntari: Standing for his Rights



The Ghanaian footballer Sulley Muntari has said that he believes football bodies like Fifa and Uefa are ‘not taking racism seriously.’

Macron beats race hatred Le Pen


Much of Europe breathed a collective sigh of relief at the news that Emmanuel Macron decisively beat the Far Right nationalist Marine Le Pen. As the results came in that Macron received 66% percent of the votes to Le Pen’s 34%, Macron supporters were jubilant on the streets of Paris and beyond.

OBV alumni Tan Dhesi could make history


OBV alumni Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi could make history on June 8th. If elected to the relatively safe seat of Slough he could become the only Sikh MP in Parliament. He won’t the first, Marsha Singh had that honour followed by Parmjit Dhanda.

For OBV it would be a particular honour, not least because the organisation has had a seven year relationship with Tan in his journey to be a main stream politician and serve his country.

Four new BME faces for Parliament?


With the final selections being undertaken by the political parties OBV has been made aware of at least four new BME Candidates who could find their way to being Members of Parliament after June 8th.

Last night, the Conservatives selected Kemi Badenoch to fight one of safest Conservatives seats in the country - Saffron Walden - which marks a meteoric rise for Kemi, who recently became an London Assembly member. The Conservatives will also see this as a statement of intent, throwing down the gauntlet to the Labour party on race and diversity.

Katie Hopkins must be prosecuted for racial hatred


Today’s tweet by Katie Hopkins promoting hate-filled stereotypes against black people shames her. She should be prosecuted for incitement to racial hatred and sacked by her media employers. If there is no action then we call on the public and advertising companies to boycott media who offer her a platform.

Working class Black mum makes NUS history


Last week Shakira Martin made British history when she become the first female NUS leader from a Caribbean background.

This year’s annual National Union of Students national conference has elected 29-year-old single mother as president.

Martin won some 56% of the 1,200 delegates at the NUS. The new president pushed the standing president into second place winning by 402 votes to 272.

Bristol: Countering Colston


The name ‘Colston’ is synonymous with Bristol. There is a Colston Street, a Colston Tower, and a Colston’s girls’ school, all named after Edward Colston, the 17th century slave trader. Colston gave huge amounts of money to Bristol, helping to build the city into what it is today. However, his role as a prominent slave trader has been a source of contention amongst citizens in Bristol, many of whom have called for every trace of Colston to be wiped from the city.

A diverse Parliament matters -2017 Election


Though many of us agreed with Brenda from Bristol about this general election (“You’re joking. Not another one”), it actually offers a great opportunity for change – regardless of which party wins.

That’s because now the snap election has been called, the normal rules for selecting party candidates no longer apply. Under these rules, constituency parties select a long list of candidates, then a short list; then local party members vote for their preferred candidate.

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