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The new power base of British politics? Ethnic minority voters on the rise

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The ethnic minority vote could be decisive in the next general election, according to new research highlighting the enhanced power of black and Asian voters in 2015.

A study by Operation Black Vote suggests there are more ethnic minority voters than the majority of the incumbent MP in 168 constituencies – up from 99 in 2010.

The 70% increase suggests the battle to win over the black and Asian vote will play a critical role in the coming campaign.

“These numbers are significant,” Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, who David Cameron has tasked with improving the party’s performance with ethnic voters, told the Guardian newspaper.

“The ethnic minority vote is going to be important. The party is in the midst of a debate and it is an issue which is now being taken seriously.”

Mainstream parties were alerted to the potentially decisive nature of ethnic minority voting in the Bradford West by-election of 2012, when George Galloway’s grassroots campaign soundly beat a tired Labour operation.

Labour will be hoping to repeat its 68% support among ethnic minority voters at the last general election. The Tories will be worried too, after Cameron’s party took just 16% in 2010.

“The DNA of politics needs to change in the light of this research,” Labour’s ethnic voters supremo Sadiq Khan commented.

“This research shows how important the ethnic minority electorate is going to be in future general elections. Any party that seriously wants to win needs to take the ethnic minorities with them.”

Last month the centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange’s former deputy director, David Skelton, launched a new campaign group seeking to improve the Tories’ performance outside its south-eastern heartland.

“We must think much longer term than the next election,” he urged in an article for ConservativeHome.

“One of the key goals must be to win second place back from the Liberal Democrats in as many seats as possible, so that the Conservatives are seen as the main challengers to Labour – crucial for future elections.

“The old political maxim of ‘second place first’ absolutely identifies what the Conservative target should be in many constituencies.

 

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Police Will Be Able To Read Everyone’s Internet Search History Under New Plan

UK Police are asking the government for new surveillance powers to be able to view the Internet search history of every single person in the country.

Richard Berry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told The Guardian that “We want to police by consent, and we want to ensure that privacy safeguards are in place. But we need to balance this with the needs of the vulnerable and the victims. We essentially need the ‘who, where, when and what’ of any communication – who initiated it, where were they and when did it happened. And a little bit of the ‘what’, were they on Facebook, or a banking site, or an illegal child-abuse image-sharing website?”

“Five years ago, [a suspect] could have physically walked into a bank and carried out a transaction. We could have put a surveillance team on that but now, most of it is done online. We just want to know about the visit,” he added.

It is likely that police are already looking at your online activity, but just want the power to do it legally. As we learned from whistleblower Edward Snowden, governments are very interested what their citizens are doing online, and they do have the technology to spy on every telephone call and Internet communication.

Police in the UK have been attempting to reach for these powers through legislation for years, but they have been blocked on multiple occasions. This new effort proves that they will not be giving up on getting legal permission for their spying programs.

MP David Davis told The Guardian “It’s extraordinary they’re asking for this again, they are overreaching and there is no proven need to retain such data for a year.”

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the specifics of the plan during a meeting about the Government’s new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

“I’ve said many times before that it is not possible to debate the balance between privacy and security, including the rights and wrongs of intrusive powers and the oversight arrangements that govern them without also considering the threats that we face as a country,” May said.

“They include not just terrorism from overseas and home-grown in the UK, but also industrial, military and state espionage.They include not just organized criminality, but also the proliferation of once physical crimes online, such as child sexual exploitation. And the technological challenges that that brings. In the face of such threats we have a duty to ensure that the agencies whose job it is to keep us safe have the powers they need to do the job,” she added.

 

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