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New poll finds Caribbean voters abandoning Britain's Labour Party

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 10:47 AM

LONDON, Dec. 28, CMC – A new poll conducted among ethnic minority voters here has found that Caribbean, Indian and African voters are abandoning the main opposition British Labour Party (BLP).

According to the Ethnic Minority British Election Study, the number of minority voters, including Caribbean nationals, who support the Labor Party, has fallen since 2010.

According to the Daily Mail, the party has traditionally benefited from the ethnic minority vote, especially with people of Afro-Caribbean descent.

But figures from the study show that the number of African voters who say they identify with Labor has slipped from 79 to 63 per cent since 1997, while Caribbean support has fallen from 78 to 67 per cent.

“The ethnic minorities are seen to be the core of Labour party vote, they have been for years, for decades, but I will make these people here representing Labour a little bit uncomfortable about this assumption that minorities will vote for them as a matter of course,” Dr. Maria Sobolewska, an expert from Manchester University and part of the team conducting the Ethnic Minority British Election Study, told a conference here.

News that Labour is falling out of favour with ethnic minority voters comes after research released earlier this year predicted that Britain's black and ethnic minority communities could account for almost a third of the population by 2050.

It said currently, eight million people, or 14 per cent of the United Kingdom (UK) population, are from ethnic minorities.

But the paper said they now account for 80 per cent of population growth, while the white population remains constant.

The Ethnic Minority British Election Study, which was undertaken by researchers from Oxford, Manchester and Essex universities, said, in the last general election, the incumbent Conservatives received 16 per cent of ethnic minority votes, while Labour had 68 per cent.

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