Our pro-active outreach efforts have built up a substantial contact book, put activists on the ground, and delivered a Tory poll lead amongst these voters.
Our goal is to build links between our Party and the Afghan diaspora, as well as stronger international connections.
The vice chair for candidates talks about the “many, many reasons” the party fails to gain a bigger proportion of ethnic minority voters.
He is uniquely placed to start to rebuild trust – and that task is essential to our Party’s future.
Last year’s general election saw Labour decisively re-open a lead which we had worked hard to reduce in 2010 and 2015.
Individually, migrants can come to embody these values better than many on the Left who were born here. But the evidence suggests that this takes time.
The Party apparatus may be in the capital, but it is not connected with the city’s residents. We must reach out and engage.
There has been progress – and there are signs that many BME Labour voters are beginning to feel that their votes are being taken for granted.
Conservative associations select candidates on merit. Labour primarily picks BME candidates only for heavily BME constituencies.