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Labour should note that for many the days of voting according to skin colour are over

24 May, 2018

• REBECCA Shirazi may wish to review the facts again: the list of Conservative candidates at the May 3 elections included many more women and minorities than her narrow assessment suggests, (An unconscious bias and/or institutionalised elitism, sexism, and racism must be playing a part in candidate selection, May 17).

For the Conservatives to become a force again in Camden we need to engage more widely with people right across the borough. But what we don’t need to do is follow Labour down the route of seeing voters purely in terms of their background, gender or race. We need to see them as individuals.

In fact, looking closer to home, Rebecca Shirazi might wish to reflect upon the success of identity politics for Labour. Having seen Scotland as a single unit to be largely taken for granted, Labour are now a distant third in the Edinburgh parliament. Next to follow could be northern towns where Labour’s once-solid working-class block vote is now very strongly pro-Leave.

And when the BAME vote is dissected, it’s clear that some ethnic minority groups are not as strongly pro-Labour as Rebecca Shirazi might wish to believe: for many, the days of voting according to skin colour over. Others will follow.

SANJOY SEN
Conservative candidate, Kilburn ward, 2018

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