Muslim Council of Britain Seeking to Mobilize Muslim Voters in General Election

February 20, 2005

Source: The Guardian,2763,1418614,00.html

On February 20, 2005 The Guardian reported, "The Muslim Council of Britain is to take the unprecedented step of mobilising the country's one million Muslim voters through a card listing 10 key questions they should ask prospective MPs at the general election.

The questions range from what the candidate's party has done to promote faith schools, its attitude to the war in Iraq and whether it has supported legislation outlawing incitement to religious hatred. They are likely to alarm Labour strategists, who have seen the party haemorrhage Muslim votes.

'Before the Iraq war the Muslim vote was solidly Labour, but polls suggest Muslims have deserted the party in droves,' said Nick Sparrow of polling firm ICM Research."