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April 20 register deadline and the black-and-white ‘vote’ message

April 19, 2015

01 Sol_CampbellFORMER England defender Sol Campbell has put his face – as well as his name – to a new advertising campaign to encourage minority ethnic groups to vote in next month’s General Election.

The ex Spurs and Arsenal favourite, right, with almost 650 league and cup appearances in a 19-year footballing career, has joined black celebrities who have painted themselves partially or totally white – symbolising the colour being “taken out of Britain” if African British and Asian British communities don’t vote.

The campaign, produced by Operation Black Vote, comes as latest stats show 28 per cent of black Britons were unregistered to vote in the 2010 election.

03 every vote1Campaign director Simon Woolley said that black and minority ethnic groups could affect the outcome in 168 marginal seats.

“I think there is a great deal of cynicism out there among black and minority ethnic communities that we feel we are powerless,” he said.

Homeland actor David Harewood said black voters  “don’t feel represented by politicians”. And he added: “But the thing is if you’re not registered to vote, they won’t ever listen, it’s a chicken and egg.

“I’ve done some fantastic things in my career but one of the best things I’ve ever done is register to vote.”

I couldn’t agree more with the OBV campaign – and the same applies to women as well.

Before 1918 no women were allowed to vote in parliamentary elections.

Sadly in 2010 only 39 per cent of females aged 18-24 turned out. Come on ladies, we need your support too.

Tomorrow – yes this Monday – is the cut-off day for the May 7 election if your are registering your vote for the first time.

In this election – every vote is very important. For many people the right to vote was hard won.

Every Vote Counts is a project by national charity United Response. This website is designed to provide easy to understand information on politics. It was created with input from people with learning disabilities.

Please, if you want your democratic say, then go to for more details

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