Councillor Patrick Vernon, Diane Abbott: How important is the BME vote?


Patrick Vernon OBE, Hackney Councilor & founder of Great Black Britons Campaign

A discussion on the impact, importance, patterns and relevance of votes cast by UK citizens of African/Caribbean & other BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) heritage is to be held at the House of Commons and will include Queensbridge Councilor Patrick Vernon and chaired by Diane Abbott.

A recent research conducted by Operation Black Vote shows that the Black and minority ethnic electorate could decide over one quarter of the seats in the 2015 general election. Based on the 2011 census, researchers looked at the BME electorate in all 573 of the seats in England and Wales and found 168 marginal seats where BME voters outnumber the majority held by the sitting MP. This equates to one quarter of seats nationally and nearly 40% of seats in London.

Author of the report  Lib-Dem Sutton Councillor, Lester Holloway, said: “This study should be a wake-up call to every political party that they cannot ignore or take for granted BME voters any longer. BME Britons have the political muscle to change not just their MP, but the Government. Increasingly BME votes are up for grabs in marginal seats and any political party to seriously court the vote may well get the extra boost they need to cross the line into power.”

The research entitled Power of the Black Vote in 2015, reveals 168 constituencies in both urban and suburban areas, demonstrates that the BME electorate has never been more powerful. With more marginal seats and more BME voters right across the geographical map, power is shifting.

Others on the discussion panel are Lewisham Mayoral hopeful and Lib-Dem Councillor Dwayne Brooks and Simon Wolley of Operation Black Vote, who will be making the key note speech.

The discussion is on:

Wednesday 23rd October

Where: Westminster, Lonon SW1A OAA

Book your tickets (Free)


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