MP Shadowing Schemes 2010

The MP Shadowing Scheme was launched in 1999 to increase the number of minority ethnic MPs in Parliament.

The scheme pairs participants – called parliamentary shadows - with members of the House of Commons and Lords. 

They shadow their mentor for six months, assisting in Westminster and the constituency. They experience national and local politics from the inside and learn more about the role of those who govern.

Backbenchers and ministers from all the major parties take part as mentors, providing a nurturing environment and support for the potential future MPs.

The participants use their acquired skills and knowledge to act as parliamentary ambassadors - encouraging others to become involved in the political process.

Many graduates have entered politics as a result of the scheme.

Parliamentary Ambassadors Update - Jan 2012 

Oct 2011 saw the launch of the 2011/2012 MP Shadowing Scheme

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A view from within Parliament 

Visit to the House of Commons - 30 Jan 2012 On 30 Jan 12 I had a tour of the Palace of Westminster in the morning kindly arranged by Sir Peter Bottomley MP. In the afternoon I went to ...

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David Lammy: Why I became an MP 

Tottenham MP tells OBV about what inspired him to take a seat in Parliament

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Mohammed Ullah: The week that was 

Mohammed talks about his experience on this year's MP Scheme

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Ravi Kumar: Focus on India 

In recent years the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, has likened the caste system to an apartheid regime, and has described the Maoist insurgency as the biggest threat to the security ...

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Sam Gyimah: giving a helping hand 

Gyimah gave credit to his history teacher at school who helped him get into Oxford University

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Schooling the next generation of Black MPs 

Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme launched

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The next generation of Black MPs 

Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme launch airs on Sangat TV

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Recruiting for 2011/12 MP Shadowing Scheme 

OBV in partnership with the Department of Communities and Local Government is now recruiting for 25 for the 2011 Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme.

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Alan Johnson: ‘A working class hero’ 

OBV Alumni writes about her experience of the former Minister

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Congratulations! - Class of 2011 

OBV Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme Graduation

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Realising King’s Dream 

OBV Parliamentary Shadows graduate today

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Diary of an Ambassador 

Parliamentary Shadow Clive Lewis takes on the opposition

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Ed Miliband: 100 days later 

OBV Parliamentary Ambassador Clive Lewis sums up Labour's Leader

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Parliamentary Ambassadors update 

Shadows immersed in political activities

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Philip Olanipekun, Conservative candidate 

Council elections - OBV scheme shadow selected

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Journal: MP shadow Nicole Reece 

From the valley to the mountain top

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Parliamentary Ambassadors visit No. 10 Downing St 

Aspiring politicians training for success

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'Love Thy Neighbour' - Channel 4 show starring OBV graduate 

Village life: See Philip and his family - Thursdays 9pm

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Egypt: Being part of the change 

Eldridge Culverwell reports on his campaigning

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My Westminster experience 

Excerpt from the journal of OBV Parliamentary Shadow, Lianne de Mello

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The start of a political journey 

OBV MP scheme graduates - Start of a new chapter

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Youth crime: The Principle of 'Choice' 

Tackling youth and group violence: Stephen Bediako, OBV alumni

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Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme 2010 

30 aspiring politicians are taking part in this year's programme

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