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”
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: