Labour lost a third of its vote in Muslim-majority areas because of Gaza

Labour lost a third of its vote in Muslim-majority areas because of Gaza

Pollsters are busily reassuring election candidates after Labour lost a third of its vote in Muslim-majority areas because of Gaza.

In the local elections earlier this month, the Labour vote collapsed by 33 per cent in areas with mostly Muslim residents.

In council wards where more than 70 per cent of the population were Muslim, Labour lost 39 per cent of its vote share.

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In several of these contests, independent candidates took large proportions of the vote away from all the mainstream parties – with campaigns focusing heavily on the genocide in Gaza.

And some of these independents are preparing to challenge the big parties in the general election.

So Akhmed Yakoob, who received 70,000 votes in the West Midlands mayoral contest, is hoping to take Birmingham Ladywood from Labour’s Shabana Mahmood.

Stop there.

If Mr Yakoob had 70,000 votes, who won – and by what margin?

Well, Labour – as expected. But by just 1,500 votes, ahead of the Conservative. Mr Yakoob came third, albeit a considerable distance behind.

But if just a small proportion of votes had gone his way, there could have been a considerable upset.

And this is with practically no media coverage at all.

Now ask yourself what these independents might do, armed with the knowledge that they won’t get any help from the mainstream media and taking such compensatory action as they consider appropriate.

And remember that some of the seats they are targeting are currently occupied by some very high-profile MPs.

In Ilford North, British-Palestinian activist Leanne Mohamad is running against Labour’s shadow health secretary Wes Streeting.

Or how about in Holborn & St Pancras, where Andrew Feinstein (see featured image) – who has a certain amount of celebrity himself – will challenge the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, himself?

Both Labour and the Tories backed Israel’s war in Gaza, although Labour has since called for a ceasefire on terms that would have been extremely favourable to Israel.

contrast this with the will of the UK’s population, as checked by pollsters YouGov, who found that more than two-thirds of British people want a ceasefire in Gaza. British people were also significantly more likely to sympathise with the Palestinian side compared to the Israelis.

YouGov researchers also found that a majority of people in the country want a ban on the sale of weapons to Israel.

You can see that both Labour and the Tories are badly out of touch with public opinion.

But pollsters think the independents aren’t going to significantly affect the election because they’re in areas that are predominantly Labour?

I think any Labour politician taking heart from such claims is hopelessly optimistic – with an accent on the “hopelessly”.

Source: UK: Labour vote share in Muslim-majority areas ‘down by one third’ | Middle East Eye


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One Comment

  1. Tony May 16, 2024 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Thank you for this.

    I have already donated to Emma Dent -Coad’s campaign and that of Leanne Mohamad but intend to do several more.

    Check out these people to see if they have a crowdfund and then please donate to them.

    Thank you.

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