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It’s a wrap!: Party Political conference

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Party conference season has finished for another year so it seems like a good time to offer my thoughts, as a first timer on Liberal Democrat and Labour Conferences.

I went up to Liverpool for a fringe event – ‘Political Reform: the Dragon’s Den’ – the brief was to find ways in which we should change our politics to make it more representative of wider society.

Diane Abbott: public health warning

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In June 1987, Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black women ever elected to the British Parliament for the constituency of Hackney North and Stoke Newington.

Since then, she has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator.

Diane Abbott, was born in 1953. Ms Abbott was educated at the Harrow County Girls Grammar School then on to Newham College, Cambridge gaining a B.A and MA in History. Abbott started her career as a Civil Servant, and then became a Broadcast journalist.

OBV Supports Body and Soul

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It’s not just because many families of African decent are affected by HIV that OBV supports this charity and this particular evening of celebration. I have spoken on a number of occasions to their brilliant staff, volunteers and clients who bring help, support and love, in a beautiful non judgemental way.

Most people that give their time, resources and money attest to the fact that they receive much more than they give.

BME politicians passed over in Shadow Cabinet

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African, Caribbean and Asian communities will look at senior levels of British politics and ask why our talent is  being ignored?  Why is our expertise constantly being passed over whenever senior positions become available?

Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Liu Xiaobo

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It’s probably apt that the recent glamour and prestige that has become associated with the Nobel Peace Prize will be lost on this years winner.

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been detained in his Beijing home since December 2008 devoid of any communication with the outside world.

Diane for Home Secretary?

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Diane Abbott stood in the Labour leader race after many in the Black community including OBV encouraged her to run for leader. By doing so she changed the nature of the debate, and was an inspiration for others to follow, simply by being there.

Now with the leadership elections over, the next vote is for a place in the shadow cabinet. The outcome of the ballot is announced this evening at around 7PM. 49 MPs have put their names forward for the election decided on by fellow Labour MPs. 

Labour 19 announced

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Ed Miliband is expected to appoint either Yvette Cooper or Ed Balls as Shadow Chancellor.

Cooper with the most votes is in a strong position.Regretably, Diane Abbott MP who campaigned for the Labour leadership with an endorsement from David Miliband didn't make the grade.

Other MPs who were not elected to the shadow cabinet include Peter Hain, Ben Bradshaw and Shaun Woodward.

One Black MP Sadiq Khan and eight women including Meg Hiller and Eagle sisters Angela and Maria were elected.

The Bernie Grant centre to get makeover

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The Bernie Grant centre in Tottenham is to get a makeover according to a report in the Voice today.

Much of the grounds surrounding the central building will be furnished with outdoors facilities including an open air theatre and cultural arts fair space.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu retires

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu has officially announced his retirement from public life after many years of political activism and human rights work.

The decision comes as Mr Tutu celebrates his 79th birthday.

Tutu rose to prominence as a fierce anti-apartheid campaigner in the 1980’s, and made history by becoming the first Black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town.

A bookshop MLK would have been proud of

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New Beacon books is not your average bookshop.  It is situated a few doors down from my flat in Finsbury Park in the heart of cosmopolitan London.

Just passing by, looking in the window is enough to catch the eye of any activist concerned with Black empowerment and engagement.  The shop is quite literally littered with works of some of the most well known and prominent Black British, African, and European figures in history.

Black History Month seems an appropriate time to direct you here for what is a haven to any would be activist.

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