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.

Trump's racism: When does he lose the benefit of doubt?



Whether it’s President Donald Trump or Brexit Party Leaders Nigel Farage, the one thing that they can rely upon is a decent society to continuingly give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes calling them out for racial slurs and whipping up a xenophobic and hostile environment.

Boris BME history makers must deliver on race equality


True to his word Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a very diverse Cabinet. In fact, it’s the most diverse Cabinet in British history. The stand-out appointment is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid. The man who will be in charge of the nation’s purse strings, managing a 400 billion pounds budget, becomes the second most important man in British politics. It’s an impressive journey for the son of a bus driver.

Pathway to Success: Update


To our applicants. Thank you for the time you have taken to apply and send in your applications to our programme. We are thrilled by the number of responses we have received. It has exceeded our best expectations. – More than 300 applied. However, due to the sheer number of applications we are still in the process of choosing individuals for interviews.

My final mtg with PM Theresa May


Just before the PM handed over the keys to No10 to Boris Johnson I had my last meeting with her. It was a time for reflection on the positive work we had achieved together.

From school pickup to school governor


Sheun was one of the first people called to interview for the 2019 Parliamentary shadowing programme, and we were swept up in her energy, passion and belief as soon as she opened her mouth.  She has been paired with Kwasi Kwarteng MP for Spelthorne on the 2019 programme.  As she describes in her own inimitable and unique style, she has already hit the ground running on the programme as an ambassador and as a leader...

It was a beautiful afternoon.

I was working from home and had a late workout session.

Donald Trump: The modern age of racism


You have to go back more than 150 years to find a more racist American president than Donald Trump. In 1865 President Andrew Johnson, assumed the presidency because Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, said about African Americans that “they were incapable of self- Government and relapsed into barbarism if they weren’t closely supervised."

Happy 23rd Birthday OBV!


I’m never quite sure as to the exact time we launched OBV at the House of Commons 23 years ago today. Probably about now, 11AM UK time. Even back then we were media savvy, thinking about how we’d get onto the lunchtime news.

23 years later, I guess we’ve become a bit of an institution, even with our small staff contingent. Nevertheless our goals whether, empowering communities, nurturing talent or transforming political and civic institutions haven’t changed one iota. They’re big!

Transatlantic Inclusive Leaders Network 2019



This year was a big year for the Transatlantic Inclusive Leaders Network (TILN) , now in its eighth year of nurturing political talent from diverse backgrounds from the USA, and right across Europe.

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