Black and ethnic minority votes to play decisive role in UK polls

Likely to decide the fate of 100 seats in UK


25th March 2010: With the general elections round the corner, it is emerging that the black and ethnic minority (BME) voters are likely to play a decisive key role in the formation of the next British government.

In fact, the black and ethnic minorities are expected to have a decisive say in almost 100 of the 646 constituencies in the UK. As a result, the agenda of racial justice is expected to receive a boost.

According to Operation Black Vote, BME’s clout is evident in the north London constituency. OBV campaign seeks to address the under-representation of ethnic minorities in politics.

It believes the other key seats include Solihull, Crawley, Battersea, Harlow, Bradford West, Ealing North, Birmingham Yardley and Hove.

OBV’s director Simon Woolley told the Guardian that never before in British history have the communities been so strategically well placed and mobilised to push for an agenda of racial justice.

Dave Weaver, chair of the 1990 Trust, the national black organisation set up to protect the interests of Britain’s black communities, believes black Britons are third-class citizens in a country that claims to have a first-class democracy.

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