The OBV Voter Registration Battle Bus hit Birmingham, giving the opportunity for people to register to vote in the city in the ease of their local community, with all the facilities and assistance being made available.

The single decker set out on its journey to get a million people registered and ready for the ballot box to vote for their politician of their choice ahead of the general election on May 7.

The bus stopped outside the African Caribbean Millennium Centre, in Winson Green, before moving on to  Handsworth Library, Newtown Shopping Centre and the city's Chinese Quarter. Birmingham Co-Ordinator of the Operation Black Vote bus, Maxie Hayles, said: Voting is a democratic right – it doesn’t matter who you vote for, it’s very important that you vote. That's your democratic right.”

Birmingham Empowerment Forum founder and community activist, Desmond Jaddoo, said: “If people don’t use their voice, they will not be heard.

It is important that we have reflective governance locally and nationally that reflects the demographic make-up of the city.”

The visit to Birmingham follows on from the success of OBV’s visit to Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), in London, where they were keen to engage with different faith based communities, including the Palmers Green Mosque, which attracts thousands of worshippers from the local community during their four hour visit, invoking a very positive reaction, with many stating that they were already registered to vote