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Tory and Lucas join forces on electoral reform

Caroline joins forces on electoral reform

An unlikely political marriage has seen Green MP Caroline Lucas and Tory MP Douglas Carswell team up to push for proportional representation to become a choice for voters at next May’s electoral reform referendum.

As it stands the only choice for voters other than the current first past the post system would be the Alternative Vote. Lucas and Carswell argue that proportional representation must be an option for voters too. Continue reading

Ed Miliband: New Labour Leader

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Ed Miliband: Labour's new Leader

Congratulations to the New Labour leader Ed Miliband

This was an extraordinary victory given that his brother David Miliband was ahead throughout the Labour leadership campaign and throughout the count until the last round. But won he has and richly deserved.

Labour members have made their choice. They want the party to move closer to it’s working class roots, and make a clear distinction from the coalition parties. Continue reading

Colourblind ‘purists’ derail equality

Lib Dems fail equality test

by Councillor Lester Holloway

It’s been four years since the Liberal Democrats last had to wrestle with the problem of diversity, when a motion that only called for more resources was defeated by the colourblind ‘purists’ in the party.

Yesterday, at the annual conference in Liverpool, the Lib Dems once again debated the issue. Once again, traditional Liberal principles about equality triumphed over the reality that something practical needed to be done to solve the problem that my party does not have a single black or Asian MP, MEP or Assembly Member.  In fact we haven’t elected an MP of colour at a general election since 1892. Continue reading

African Caribbean political literacy campaign for Leicester

Orlanzo George Cole, co-founder of The Clarion Voice

A Leicester group has formed a coalition to politicise locals and get better representation within their Council.

The new organisation ‘The Clarion Voice’ founded in 2009 will celebrate its official launch at Leicester Town Hall next week. Continue reading

Labour debacle: Luftar Rahman dropped as candidate

Mr Rahman to challenge Labour HQ

OBV can exclusively reveal that the Labour NEC has today overturned the decision by the Tower Hamlets Labour Party to choose Luftar Rahman as their official candidate.

This is the fourth time that the wishes of local members have  been rejected by part HQ.

Only last week Mr Rahman launched his campaign with over 1000 people in attendance, and with endorsements from party figures including Ken Livingstone, Jim Fitzpatrick, Keith Vaz and Baroness Uddin.

More news to follow…

Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell on Big Society tour

Swaminarayan Sanstha Mandir, Neasden

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Andrew Stunell has kicked off a tour
of local communities with visits to Black and Minority Ethnic projects. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: OBV interviews Ken Livingstone- Part II

In this second and final part of the Ken Livingstone interview the discussion touches on his effectiveness at working with Government on behalf of Londoners, his potential Mayoral team and a self analysis of his strengths and weaknesses.