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‘Political parties want only foot soldiers’

The results of the Census 2011 showing a majority of Black and Minority Ethnic people in many constituencies and wards, have created a political hysteria amongst the political parties to involve more BME voters, particularly the well assimilated social models who have no analysis of being BME, in the election process although on the question of ‘colour’ there has been a consensus of position amongst the party political colours.

Following is a summary of a communication from British Black Music, an organisation that has helpful analysis of the socio-political contradictions in our society.

With reference to ‘is Labour losing the black vote’, discontent is growing among black and minority ethnic (BME) grassroots activists who feel there is no place for them in the party beyond being a foot soldier, whether at central or local government level. Those flying the flag includes MPs Keith Vaz, Virendra Sharma, Diane Abbott and Valerie Vaz (well done all).

The wake-up call for Labour is significant as the Conservative party because of the 2011 Census results and the threat of UKIP, has changed its tune as indicated by recent statements by Theresa May and David Cameron – for example, regarding the ‘stop and search’ laws which in the past fuelled riots in Brixton, Toxteth and Handsworth.

A study of ethnic minority voting patterns, compiled by the Runnymede Trust using data from the 2010 General Election, revealed the Tories and the Liberal Democrats each received 18 per cent of the black vote, suggesting approximately 64 percent voted Labour but this pattern cannot be taken for granted anymore.

The article by Elizabeth Pears includes several quotes from disillusioned Labour activists and voters.

On a local level, Harrow is one such example of discontent where a Labour breakaway group, anchored by Tories, snatched the power in May 2013 and now the eight members of the Independent Labour Group are running the Harrow Council as ' Harrow Council left with no party in control'. 29/7/13



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