Minorities and the UK elections
Britain will go to the polls on May 6 but how will minority communities impact the result?
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2010 09:08 GMT

Gordon Brown, the UK's prime minister, has announced that parliamentary elections will be held on May 6.

Polls currently show the opposition Conservative Party leading Brown's Labour Party by some 10 points but analysts believe the vote could be extremely close.

For the Conservatives to win an outright majority in the House of Commons they need an electoral swing of more than 100 seats.

For Labour to forfeit their governing majority they only need to lose 24 seats.

But could this election open a door for racial and ethnic minority communities to have a real impact at the polls?


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A campaign that is underway to get black voters more involved in politics claims that their community could determine the outcome of some 100 parliamentary seats.

Muslim community leaders argue that they are a deciding factor for as many as 50 seats. 

On Tuesday's show we ask: Will the UK elections result in a hung parliament and how will the country's minority communities impact the vote?

Joining the show are Lord Swraj Paul, a Labour politician and the first person of Indian origin to hold the post of deputy speaker in the House of Lords, Graham Stuart, a Conservative member of parliament from Yorkshire - a county with a significant South Asian constituency and Lord Navnit Dholakia, the joint deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

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