OBV’s Helen Grant promoted to Minister


In less than three short years, OBV alumni Helen Grant MP has been made a Minister in David Cameron’s Ministerial reshuffle.

The Maidstone and Weald MP has been appointed joint Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and for women’s and equality issues. Accepting the appoint Helen Grant MP once again makes political history by becoming the first Conservative woman of African descent to become a Minister.

A lawyer by profession, her knowledge and skills will be brought to bear in a government department dealing with the nation's legal issues. Grant has not been afraid to challenge her own Government on issues she believes in. She fiercely, but politely, urged the Government to think again in regards to dropping certain aspects of Legal Aid.

As Grant takes up her Ministerial role, the demands and pressure on her have got that much higher. We at OBV are extremely proud of her success and the positive message her appointment sends out to Black women across the country.

We wish her well, above all that she can remain convicted to her ideals of equality and fairness which marked her out during the political debates around Legal Aid.

Helen Grant was chosen by OBV to join our MP Shadowing Scheme in 2006. She was twinned with Oliver Letwin MP

Well done Helen.

Simon Woolley

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Well done Helen, you've done some of the hardest parts of our journey already. Enjoy your Ministerial role and continue to shine.