One third of black, Asian and minority ethnic voters supported the Conservatives at this month's General Election, according to new research.
And while Labour still commands a greater share, with 1.6m or 52%, one million - 33% - of BAME voters picked the Tories, a major survey by the think tank British Future has suggested.
Five per cent of the BAME vote went to the Greens and another five to the Liberal Democrats, while two per cent voted for Ukip.
The president of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, has stepped down after an exit poll showed him losing to his conservative rival, Andrzej Duda by six points in Sunday's election.
Komorowski had originally been favourite to retain the position, but his defeat has reflected a desire among voters for new faces, and a sense that Poland's new-found prosperity was not being shared out equally.
43-year-old Duda's win is the first in nearly a decade for the Law and Justice party, which is socially conservative and close to the Catholic Church, but less friendly to business than the incumbent Civic Platform Party.
"I respect your choice," Komorowski told a gathering of supporters. "I wish my challenger a successful presidency."
Rescuers are searching for a diver off the South coast after they failed to resurface during a trip.
The Coastguard was called to an area of the English Channel south of Swanage at 4.40pm after reports that a diver had gone missing.
The dive vessel Emma J alerted authorities after only two of three drivers resurfaced during a trip.
Mark Rodaway, operations centre commander at the National Maritime Operations Centre, which is currently overseeing the search, said: "This is a significant incident.
"This diver has been missing for more than three hours and clearly this is very serious. We are concentrating our search on this area and will continue to do so."
Police in New Jersey have declined to comment on whether Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash and his wife were wearing seat belts when they were killed in a car crash.
Nash, 86, and his wife Alicia, 82, died after being thrown from the car when the driver lost control and hit a rail guard and another car on Saturday.
The academic's struggle with mental illness inspired the film A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.