Schemes, programmes and campaigns

Operation Black Vote initiatives show that if you encourage, nurture and support the abundance of untapped talent within our communities, society as a whole benefits.  Not just from a wider range of skills and perspectives but also from greater cohesion of cultures and communities.

Our empowerment initiatives engages decision makers at the highest level.

Our political partnerships have led to the parties, for instance, agreeing to adopt, in various forms, OBV’s programme of recruitment, retention and promotion of (Black and minority ethnic) BME talent within its membership.

BME influence within politics and the civic institutions have seen a significant increase as a result of OBV activities.

OBV events inform, inspire, encourage and empower individuals to make the leap from bystander to participant:

          To register, to vote, to sign-up for political party membership and
          to stand for elected office. 

          To consider becoming an MP, councillor, magistrate, board
           member or school governor.  

Wherever important decisions that steer or influence society are being made we encourage our communities to be part of it.

Picture: Baroness Uddin pep talks the participants at the launch of the 2010 Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme.

OBV MP Shadowing Scheme 2017/18 

Introducing the next generation of political leaders. Operation Black Vote’s Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme has previously launched the political careers of MPs Helen Grant, Clive Lewis, ...

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Lewisham Civic Leadership Programme 2015 

Programme Outline: Operation Black Vote & Lewisham Council Civic Leadership Programme Introduction: Lewisham's Civic Leaders Operation Black Vote in partnership with Lewisham ...

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Somali Civic Leadership Programme 2014 

Operation Black Vote Tower Hamlets' Somali Civic Leadership Programme Programme Outline Introduction: Somali Civic Leaders Operation Black Vote funded by the European ...

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West Mid. Civic Leadership Programme 2012 

Operation Black Vote is delighted to launch a unique Civic Leadership Programme to nurture Birmingham and Wolverhampton's future leaders

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Councillor Shadowing Schemes 2011 

The Councillor Shadowing Scheme works with local Councils to seek out individuals who have the potential to stand for elected office in service to the Local authority. This is because UK ...

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Magistrates Shadowing Scheme 2010 

There are over 30,000 magistrates – called Justices of the Peace (JPs) – dispensing justice in magistrates courts around the country.  The numbers of magistrates from BME ...

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The Obama generation 

reception OBV welcomed the candidates preparing to stand at the EU and the 2010 general elections

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