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.
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.
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: