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Asians could swing next UK elections, says study

world Updated: Aug 13, 2013 00:15 IST
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Asian and black voters are likely to decide the outcome of Britain’s next general election in 2015, according to a study.

The study by cross-party group Operation Black Vote (OBV), which campaigns for a fairer vote across various communities in Britain, found the number of seats where ethnic minority voters could decide the outcome had rocketed by 70% compared to the 2010 election.

“The black vote has never been so powerful. This is great news for all those who thought we could never effect change,” OBV spokesperson Simon Woolley said.

“With this political leverage I’m sure many will want to demand greater race equality. This research is a political game-changer above all, if ethnic minority communities and politicians respond positively to it, democracy wins,” he added.

The OBV study suggests that the ethnic minority vote is bigger than the majority of the sitting MP in 168 marginal seats.

In 2001, the census showed Britain’s ethnic minority population was 7%, and this had grown to 11% by the 2011 census.