Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad


People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

UK Healthcare: Challenges faced by the BAME Community


In the diverse tapestry of the United Kingdom's cultural landscape, health and well-being are universal aspirations that transcend ethnicity, origin, and background. Yet, beneath the veneer of universal healthcare accessibility, a narrative of disparity emerges, shedding light on the challenges encountered by the Global Majority, who are the Non-white UK residents, when seeking to access healthcare services in the UK.

Westminster Civic Leadership Programme


Operation Black Vote in partnership with Westminster City Council is delighted to launch a unique Civic Leadership Programme to nurture Westminster’s future leaders.

The Programme is designed to encourage people from black and minority ethnicity communities to get more involved in civic and political leadership. You will have the opportunity to observe areas of public life including:

Books About Dead Black People Don’t Sell


This contentious statement is itself put to rest, by the highly popular book, ‘The Adventures of an Edwardian Black Intellectual: The Story of James Arthur Harley’.

Written by OBV graduate, Pamela Roberts, the discovery of the Edwardian Black Intellectual, is a fortuitous one. Whilst holidaying in New Zealand, a throwaway remark made by a tourist guide, led Roberts to discover the archives of James Arthur Harley languishing in a battered suitcase in a family home in Leicestershire.

OBV Graduate: History Making


Pamela Roberts is a name to remember. I met her many years ago when I interviewed her for OBV’s Magistrates Shadowing Scheme. Not only did she successfully become a Magistrate, but she has also now served on the Bench for 15 years and is the Presiding Justice. That is a huge achievement. However, Pamela hasn’t stopped there.

Rev Sharpton Backs OBV project to unify all voter registration campaigns before the next UK election


Operation Black Vote (OBV) hosted a successful voter registration roundtable on February 6th 2023, at the House of Commons, Westminster, London in the presence of a wide range of Black, Asian and mainstream prominent political funders and campaigning figures from the UK.

In pictures: Pathway to Success 2022 Graduation


Operation Black Vote, in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and Magdalen College and the House of Commons held the Pathway to Success Graduation ceremony on 24/Nov/2022 at Westminster.



2022's Reflections on Windrush: 'A fine summer's day'



Follow along as guest writer, Monica Cru-Hall, openly muses on the Windrush scheme almost 75 years later and pays homage to its daring travellers...

OBV brings 'historic' Leadership Programme to Greater Manchester



On Tuesday (24th May 2022) Operation Black Vote (OBV) launched their first Civic Leadership Programme of the year as well as their first based in the Greater Manchester area. The programme seeks to nurture Greater Manchester’s future leaders in order to equip communities facing racial inequality with the knowledge needed to begin life as a Public Appointee.

The speakers (from left): Ashok Viswanathan, Andy Burnham, Diane Modahl and Alyson Malach

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