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“I want this to be an opportunity country where no matter who you are or where you are from, whether you are black, white, Asian or mixed race. Whether you are from the inner city or rural heartlands. I want to know that you can make the most of your talents.”

Rt Hon David Cameron MP
25th April 2015

What is Modern Britain?

Modern Britain is a new centre-right group that aims to develop and promote ideas and policies that will improve the lives of Britain’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Our research and events will explore innovative thinking on a range of issues important to these communities, from education to migration.

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The proportion of voters from BME communities supporting the Conservative Party has steadily risen in recent elections. From a low point of 11% in the 2005 General Election, the Conservatives attracted over 20% of BME voters in 2015.

Opportunity knocks?

Modern Britain believes that, with the right mix of new policies and greater levels of engagement, the Conservatives can attract even higher levels of support in future elections. We can learn the lessons from other centre right parties around the world, such as the Canadian Conservative Party which attracts around 40% of the country’s minority ethnic voters.



Why does it matter?

With the Black and Minority Ethnic population growing rapidly in Britain, the Conservatives need to attract a far higher percentage of voters from these communities to win future General Elections. In 250 constituencies, the ethnic minority population exceeds the majority of the sitting MP. By 2050, the latest estimates from the Centre for Policy on Ageing show that ethnic minority voters will represent almost 30% of the voting population.

In the past, many BME voters have been deterred from supporting the Conservatives by the apparent hostility towards migrants from a minority of politicians on the right, along with a lack of engagement within many of those communities. This was exacerbated by the lack of non-white faces among those standing for elections for the Conservatives.

With a growing understanding of the electoral importance of BME voters, some of these issues have begun to be addressed. At the 2015 General Election, a record number of BME candidates stood for the Conservative Party. Importantly, there has also been a fall in the support for the Labour Party among BME voters: since 1997, the percentage of BME voters identifying with Labour has fallen from just under 80% to 45% for Indian voters and to 58% for Black Africans.

The Conservative Party has begun to recognise the potential opportunity with a specific manifesto aimed at BME communities in 2015. Likewise, one of Theresa May’s first acts as Prime Minister was to set up an inquiry into how ethnic minorities are treated by public services. Modern Britain’s role is to develop other ideas and policies that cover every important area affecting the lives of people from the different BME communities.

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"The Conservatives have visibly changed in the sense that there are more Conservative ethnic minority MPs than ever. So I think people of different ethnic minority communities don't necessarily see the Tories in the same light as before."

Rt Hon Chuka Umunna Labour MP
26th February 2016

Our research

Our research is designed to influence Conservative thinking and policy development.


Read our report on The New Migration Contract and media release.

Our aim

Our aim is simple: to develop a range of centre-right ideas and detailed policy proposals that can help improve the lives of Britain’s many Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

Events

Our events are designed to inform Conservative thinking at every level of the Party. We invite a range of high profile events with speakers from Britain and across the world.

Launch Party

With Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government introduced by Kulveer Ranger.

Thursday, September 15th 2016
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster SW1A 2LW (nearest tube Westminster)

Modern Britain Conservative Party Conference Fringe

(in partnership with Conservative Home)

How can the Conservatives win the Black and Minority Ethnic votes they need to win in 2020?

Monday 3rd October, 2016
4:00pm-5:30pm
Library of Birmingham, Room 101
Speakers

Lord Finkelstein (Chair)
Helen Grant MP
Syed Kamall MEP
Kulveer Ranger, Director, Modern Britain
Binita Mehta, Director, Modern Britain

Contact us

Email us at info@modernbritain.org.uk

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