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Tuesday, 26th May 2015

UK: General Election 2015 and the Ethnic Minority Vote

Source: British Future (UK)

From Press Release:

Up to a million ethnic minority votes helped put David Cameron into Downing Street on election night, according to a major new piece of research showing minority voters are increasingly up for grabs....

While Labour remains ahead with ethnic minority voters on 52%, our research finds that the gap between the two main parties is shrinking dramatically. One third (33%) of ethnic minority voters supported the Conservatives in 2015, a stronger result than ever before for the party, which has historically struggled to appeal to non-white voters. The Liberal Democrats and Greens each took 5% of the ethnic minority vote, with just 2% voting for UKIP....

When translated into votes, based on an estimated 3 million ethnic minority voters taking part in the election, the results equate to 1.6 million votes for Labour, with the Conservatives securing one million ethnic minority votes for the first time in the party’s history. The Lib Dems and Greens secured 160,000 and 150,000 ethnic minority votes respectively, with UKIP on 60,000.

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