The Ethnic Minority British Election Study from the 2010 general election found that Muslims are less likely than other minority groups to be registered to vote. A poll by Ipsos Mori for the Electoral Commission in 2010 found an estimated voter turnout rate among Muslims of 47%. Other studies point to a turnout rate of between 53 – 63% among British Muslims.
The poll also revealed that British Muslims had the highest number of first time voters in the 2010 general election, more than any other religious group.3 Given the young age profile of the British Muslim community, the same is likely to be the case in the 2015 general election.
This manifesto highlights a range of policy areas that matter to or have an impact on British Muslims and on which specific policy asks are presented for the betterment of the community and its needs.
This manifesto has been developed to encourage British Muslim participation in the general election by making policy initiatives and their impact more amenable to Muslim voters. This manifesto is also developed to elicit support and encouragement from candidates seeking election for the policy asks presented here.
British Muslims evince the highest level of identification with a ‘British-only’ identity, bar British Sikhs, and display higher than average levels of affinity with national identity and national institutions.
According to MEND, British Muslims also face the worst level of job discrimination in employment and are highly represented in the most deprived local authority areas in the UK. This manifesto is a contribution to furthering the social, civic, economic and political integration of British Muslims in UK society.
The full manifesto: MEND-Muslim-Manifesto-GE2015_LowRes