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.

Pathway to success: An opportunity not to miss!



Operation Black Vote, in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and Magdalen College, the House of Commons and Lloyds Bank is delighted to announce our Pathway to Success 5-day residential Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford to nurture the country’s future Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) leaders. The participants will engage with some of the greatest minds and expertise in political and civic governance in the UK.

Anna Rothery: OBV alumni seeking nomination for Wavertree MP seat


I’ve known Anna Rothery for nearly 20 years. She participated on one of our early MP Shadowing schemes. Even back then she demonstrated the type of integrity and tenacity for social and racial justice that would make her into the formidable public servant and equality campaigner.

Anna has been Cllr for Princes Park ward Liverpoolfor 15 years and is currently Mayoral Lead for Equality and race.

A firm supporter of Jeremy Corbyn after he endorsed and launched the black manifesto akin with Diane Abbot 2012.

Race and equalities activist Simon Woolley to be knighted by Queen



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07920 057 237 / 07584 177 529

For more than 25 years of fighting for social and racial justice, Operation Black Vote's founder and Director Simon Woolley is to be knighted by the Her Majesty the Queen in this years' Birthday Honours list.

Sir Simon Woolley has been credited with helping transform the ethnic and racial makeup, not only of parliament, but also local authorities, the magistracy and public bodies.

Record number of BME MEPs in EU Parliament


An historical fact has been overlooked in the recent European elections because all eyes have been focused upon the success of the anti-immigrant Brexit Party and its xenophobic undertones, and the even worse extreme Right wing parties that also made big political gains across Europe too.

Record number of BME MP’s standing for PM


The Conservative party have come a long way in regards to BME political representation in parliament. When OBV began 24 years ago there were no Conservative BME MPs, and frankly none on the horizon either . Fast forward to today and three BME MPs, Sajid Javid, Sam Gymiah, and James Cleverly, all with ministerial experience, are now standing to become the first BME Prime Minister.

EU Elections: Why BAME voters should vote for us?


I am sorry this is so late, but given the timescale it’s the best we could do.

We asked all of the mainstream political parties: Tell us why Black and minority ethnic voters should vote for your party in these EU elections.

We told them this is about the EU, but also on their views domestically too.

Here’s their response. Now you decide.

And when you vote tomorrow - if you vote - take your children.  Show them how we can demand greater race equality through the ballot box.

Has white privilege once again defeated Caster Semenya?


They wouldn’t stop until they got her.

EU elections voter registration deadline: 7th May



Due to the Brexit negotiations, we may or may not participate in the European elections between 23- 26 May but if you are not registered by the 7th May, if we do participate in those election you won’t be able to vote.

The registration process takes no more than five minutes and can easily be done online at Those wishing to register will need their National Insurance number.

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