Perhaps one of the biggest achievements of the general election was the fact that the number of black M.P’s in Parliament has increased by 100%. While we are still some way away from boasting that our democracy is as representative as it should be, this is nonetheless cause to smile.
We now need to build on this success and galvanise our communities-particularly our young people-into continuing to play a significant role in the political process. We must continue to make our voices heard.
Voter turnout among BME communities in this election markedly improved from the turnout in the last general election.
Ensuring that we have full voter turnout in the next election-which may be less than four years away-is possible. It would be a landmark first, but it is possible. It is certainly what we should be aiming for.
One of the ‘firsts’ that was reached in this election, which is a worthy cause for celebration, is the election of Chuka Umunna in Streatham.
Apart from being the first M.P. for Streatham to be born, raised, and to still live in the Streatham, Chuka is now also the first MP of black parentage to represent one of the three seats covering the Brixton area, considered to be Britain’s Black capital.
As Chuka said to me at OBV’s Barack Obama event inauguration celebration in January 2009, we must “Be the change we seek”.
Well done and good luck Chuka.
By Richard Sudan
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