`Even small majority victory will see 15 Conservative MPs from minority ethnic backgrounds’
3rd May 2010: As many as 43 Black and Asian Parliamentary candidates are standing for the Conservative Party at the general election.
Addressing the Operation Black Vote rally at Methodist Central Hall in London, George Osborne said: `And if we win, with even a small majority, we’d have 15 Conservative MPs from minority ethnic backgrounds – that’s more than any party has today’.
He said: `So I’m really proud that young black men and women in Britain can look at the Conservative Party – with Shaun Bailey in Hammersmith, Kwazi Kwarteng in Spelthorne and Helen Grant in Maidstone – and say, they made it to the top, and I can make it to the top too.
`And I’m also proud that the same is true for young British Muslims, who can see Sayeeda Warsi, the first ever Muslim woman to sit in a Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet, and can see Sajid Javid standing for us in Bromsgrove, Zahid Iqbal in Bradford West, Nadhim Zahawi in Stratford-on-Avon – and say yes, I am a Muslim, I’m British, and I can make it to the very top.
That’s real change. Positive change. And I’m proud of the part that the Conservative Party is playing,’ he asserted.