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Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham and Member of the Homes Affairs Select Committee, and Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, one of the four ethnic minority MPs first elected in 1987, Britain’s first Asian minister and Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, are leading an independent inquiry into Labour’s support amongst Britain's ethnic minorities.

Whilst Labour has historically performed well amongst ethnic minority voters and continues to outpoll all other political parties, the lead has dramatically shrunk in recent years and in the 2015 General Election almost one in three BME voters decided to back the Conservatives.

With the BME population expected to double by 2050, independent research shows that these voters will play a vital role in deciding the outcome of the next general election and that unless Labour can reverse the downwards trend in support from BME voters it will be extremely difficult to win enough seats to form the next government. 

The inquiry has been warmly welcomed by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP.