Somali magistrates wanted by courts


Operation Black Vote has organised a free event to encourage more members of the Somali community to consider becoming magistrates.

OBV and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), this year, celebrated the appointment of over sixty magistrates to courts across the UK . All the magistrates were encouraged to apply as a result of taking part in the Magistrate Shadowing Scheme.

Mayoral Debate: Who Runs Tower Hamlets?


Here are exclusive excerpts from the debate in October with the Tower Hamlets Mayoral candidates.

We have edited the debate to focus on the comments, opinion and agenda of the successful candidate Lutfur Rahman. Mr Rahman was elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets on 21st October 2010.

Abbott responds to communities call to stand


Harold Wilson coined the phrase: ‘A week is a long time in politics’, but this takes some beating.  Following the last Labour leadership blog posting only hours ago Diane Abbott has announced her intention to stand in the Labour Party leadership contest.

She joins five other candidates David Miliband, his brother Ed Miliband, Andy Burnham, Ed Balls and John McDonnell.

Writing a new Black History: politics, families and the ‘Big Society’


Black History Month (BHM) provides an opportunity for reflection on the achievements and contributions of black people to history, culture, science and civilisation.

But this is not only about reflecting on the past achievements of the great and the good, it is also about taking stock of our present politics, family structure and relationships and ways in which we can improve our life chances and life choices and change our communities.

Hate crime convictions rise tenfold


Baroness Scotland

Deir Starmer QC

Conviction rates for hate crimes have increased tenfold in recent years, Government evidence has claimed.

Successful prosecutions for racist, religious, homophobic and disability-related crimes have gone up from 8% to 82% in four years, according to the Crown Prosecution Service's second annual Hate Crime Report.

Simon Woolley appointed to Equality Commission


news20091119_simonwoolley.jpgSimon Woolley of Operation Black Vote has today been appointed a Commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights body.

The announcement was made this morning by equalities minister Harriet Harman, who said that Woolley was part of a new “strong team” that would take the equalities quango forward.

Help to stop unfair Caribbean travel tax


THE CARIBBEAN Tourism Organisation and the Telegraph newspaper are urging the public to write to their MPs in a campaign to stop the government imposing unfair taxes on visitors to the Caribbean.

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