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Could we have a BME prime minister?

FUTURE: Downing Street

OPERATION BLACK Vote (OBV) is confident Black Minority Ethnic (BME) graduates from this year’s MP Shadowing scheme are potential future UK leaders..

The latest MP shadowing scheme ran from November 2017-November 2018, and included 38 dynamic individuals who have been paired with MPs from four parties.

MPs taking part in the scheme included Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, Green leader Caroline Lucas, new higher education minister Sam Gyimah and Labour’s Diane Abbott.

The scheme has helped launch the careers of Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the first female Muslim Cabinet member in the UK, Bristol’s Marvin Rees, the first black (African Caribbean) city mayor in Europe, Minister Helen Grant and shadow Ministers Marsha De Cordova, and Clive Lewis.

OBV’s Director, Simon Woolley said: “The calibre and desire from these young leaders just gets better and better. Hundreds of individuals applied, and it was often impossible to choose, but there is one thing that I will guarantee from this group of individuals: it is that some of them will make it to very high office. And who knows, with hard work and a bit of luck, one of them could make it all the way to the very top: Number 10 Downing St.”

The graduation taking place today (Dec 18) at House of Commons, will be attended by MHCLG Minister Rt. Hon Lord Bourne, Rt. Hon Diane Abbott MP, as well as other Ministers, Shadow Ministers and MPs

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