Following the Labour Party’s disastrous showing in last December’s UK General Election, much has been said on the breakdown of its relationship with traditional working-class voters in the industrial heartlands. However, figures suggest that there has also been a notable fraying of ties between Labour and British voters of Indian origin. In Harrow East – a west London seat with a sizeable Indian-origin population – Labour fell some way behind. Meanwhile, incumbent Conservative MP Bob Blackman increased his vote share by five percentage points. Leicester has one of the largest Indian-born populations in Britain. In the last election, in the constituencies of Leicester West and Leicester East, Labour’s vote share dropped by 11 and 16 percentage points respectively.
So is the British Left losing British Indians, who traditionally provided high levels of electoral support for Labour? What are the kind of social values which run deep in British Indian communities? And is there now an opportunity for the Conservatives to establish themselves as the natural party of British Indians? Getting to grips with such questions, the Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to our online event “Is the Left Losing British Indians?”.
Sundip Meghani (Solicitor and former Labour Party councillor)
Sunny Hundal (Award-winning writer and journalist)
Sadia Hameed (Multi-award winning human rights activist)
Dr Rakib Ehsan