Muslim Vote a Factor in Elections

May 4, 2005

Source: BBC News

On May 4, 2005 BBC News reported, "What will happen to the Muslim vote? Is it just about a headline-grabbing battle in one seat in London's East End or is there something more complex happening within the UK's largest non-Christian faith community. Since the war in Iraq commentators have been predicting that Labour will lose Muslim support come 5 May. Some community leaders, including the head of the country's largest Muslim body, predict Labour will be hit, even though they officially have not endorsed any single party. While the television battle has been between Labour's Oona King and anti-war Respect Party candidate George Galloway in Bethnal Green and Bow, there has been political debate like no other time among British Muslims. There are 41 constituencies where Muslims comprise more than 10% of the population. In one, Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath, they may now actually comprise just over half."