The Guardian newspaper covered last night’s Black Britain Decides event:
Two thousand mainly black and minority ethnic voters gathered at a rally in Westminster tonight to call for better political representation, in what could be the largest single gathering of the election campaign.
If the audience wanted reminding of scale of political under-representation, they needed only look at the stage. All six senior politicians who spoke at the event were white. Three of them – the leaders of the main parties – chose to deliver their messages via video link, having previously indicated they would appear in person.
Simon Woolley, the co-ordinator of Operation Black Vote (OBV), described the event, which filled the Methodist Central Hall near the Houses of Parliament, as “a show of force to the political elite”.