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OBV launches its 2018 MP shadowing scheme

Operation Black Vote (OBV)  launched its 2018 political shadowing scheme for talented BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) politicians on Thursday 18th January at The Speaker’s House, House of Commons, London. Speakers at the launch event included Simon Woolley, Director of OBV; The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, Helen Grant MP and Lib… Read More »

Diversity UK honours race equality pioneers

Diversity UK yesterday honoured two race equality pioneers, Simon Woolley, Director of OBV and entrepreneur Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Mr Woolley was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for this work on race equality and inclusion at Operation Black Vote and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his championship of inclusive entrepreneurship,… Read More »

PM launches Race Disparity Audit results

The Prime Minister will challenge society to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different backgrounds are treated, as the government publishes the findings of a ground breaking audit of public services. Launching the new ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ website today (Tuesday 10th October 2017), Theresa May hosted a discussion round the Cabinet Table involving key stakeholders… Read More »

Stunning rise in Women & BME MPs to Westminster

Despite the hung parliament outcome of the UK General Election 2017, there has been a stunning rise in the number of women and an increase in BME MPs. One of the unexpected results of this election has seen a remarkable rise in BME MP’s in Westminster with 10 new BME MP’s and only one loss, taking the number… Read More »

Manifesto for a racism-free post-Brexit Britain

A new coalition of 20 race equality campaign groups has launched a manifesto for a racism-free post-Brexit Britain which includes a set of demands they want the next government to adopt. The ‘Manifesto for Race Equality in Britain’ includes policy proposals to tackle racial inequalities in the jobs market, housing, and criminal justice. Proposals include: A comprehensive government-wide… Read More »

Labour to introduce race quotas for FTSE Boards

The Labour party have pledged that if they were to win the next General Election in 2015, they would seriously consider introducing gender and race quotas for top business boards, according to Operation Black Vote (OBV) director Simon Woolley. Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna is reported to have stated, “The continued existence of a glass ceiling for… Read More »