If members of minority ethnic groups left Labour to back the Tories, it could simply mean they couldn’t see the point of supporting the watered-down Tory policies Chuka favoured and decided to back the genuine article instead.
This was before certain revelations about David Cameron but we could still describe it as “going the whole hog”.
(Remember, Chuka helped torpedo Labour’s chances by suggesting the recruitment of arch-Tory Michael Heseltine to help formulate certain policies.)
None of the above mitigates against the inquiry he is launching with Keith Vaz, to find out how Labour can restore and extend its minority ethnic support.
It is a good idea.
But This Writer has doubts about the report it will submit.
Chuka doesn’t like Corbyn’s policies, and he doesn’t like Corbyn’s return to real Labour values.
If his inquiry shows that Labour will win more minority voters with Corbyn’s policies, will he swallow his pride and admit it?
Or will he put forward more of his semi-Tory dribble, even though he knows Labour will lose voters with it?
Chuka Umunna will tell Labour on Saturday that it cannot afford to be complacent about its minority ethnic voters, saying “alarm bells should be ringing” about how many are switching to the Conservatives.
Although Labour still has a large lead among the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) electorate, Umunna, the former shadow business secretary, will say the Tories made considerable progress with these voters at the 2015 election and that they are trying to overtake Labour in having a greater number of BAME MPs.
Addressing the Unison national black members conference in Wales, Umunna will also announce that he and Keith Vaz, the chair of the Commons home affairs committee, are launching an inquiry to investigate what more Labour can do to retain and extend its minority ethnic support.
The inquiry, which will be independent from Labour HQ but which has the backing of Jeremy Corbyn, will publish terms of reference within the next few weeks and invite submissions from those wanting to give evidence.
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