At the last election it was estimated that four in ten people from an ethnic minority background didn’t vote. This is much lower than the general turnout.


2017 election turnout: ethnic minority voters


2017 election turnout: white voters

Ethnic minorities can have a huge impact on voting patterns. Organisations like the Runnymede Trust, an independent racial equality think-tank, are pushing to increase political engagement.

‘With Brexit, with the unsettled nature of this election, with the issue of anti-semitism and racism being part of people’s election decision-making on the day, we might see a shift in some of the ethnic minority voting patterns which could have a huge impact on who gets a majority”

Dr Omar Khan, Director of the Runnymede trust

There has been progress. Dr Khan says that we could see a record number of ethic minority elected MPs in parliament, but that there is still long way to go when it comes to representation.

  • ITV News Anglia’s David Hughes spoke to some students from the University of Essex about the issue. Check out the full report below: