Here we see why all the political parties arse kiss the Muslim lobby groups and voting blocks.
As the polls continue to reflect the changing fortunes of the main political parties the closer we draw to polling day, the impact of Muslim voters in certain marginal and target seats could hold the key to the election outcome.
Muslim voters are concentrated in fifty parliamentary seats in which they form up to 20% of the constituency population*. Muslim voters stand to affect outcomes in key three way marginals and low swing target seats. These include Pendle, Poplar and Limehouse, Ealing Central and Acton, Hampstead and Kilburn, Bethnal Green & Bow, Enfield Southgate, and Ilford North.
Muslim voters also stand to benefit from the campaign focus on younger voters, many of whom constitute ‘floating voters’ in this election, given that around half the British Muslim population is aged 25 years and under.
Mohammed Asif, CEO of ENGAGE, said, “This is a crucial election for the UK. It is the closest fought for a generation and the interest and enthusiasm in Muslim communities to have their voices heard and make their votes count is immense. With the rise of the far right, and the continuing debacles of Iraq and Afghanistan, Muslims are keen to make a difference in this election, and that’s what we’re supporting and working towards.”
ENGAGE launched its Get Out and Vote! initiative in mid-March to help mobilise Muslim communities to play an active role in the general and local elections. The campaign has continued with the hosting of election hustings around the country including in key seats like Pendle and Ilford North.
ENGAGE have brought together leading British Muslim scholars** to stress the importance of civic responsibility and the significant difference Muslims could make to the outcome of the general election 2010.