UK elections, through a South Asian lens

The UK political scene is no longer a two-party fight between Labour and Conservative. Support for other parties, such as the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and SNP are significant this time.  

Of the 46 million people who cast their ballot on Thursday, 4 million will be foreign-born voters. The U.K. elections this time will see more Black, Asian and Minority candidates than ever before, pointing to the growing influence of different ethnic groups in British politics.

Indian-born voters (6,15,000) make up the biggest share of the foreign-born electorate. The Hindu gives you a snapshot of the Indian and South Asian diaspora's role in the 2015 UK General elections: Who are the prominent Indian candidates? Which constituencies represent the greatest migrant electoral power? What are the key issues surrounding immigrants and diaspora that featured in debates?

Indians to look out for

Labour candidate from Ealing SouthallLabour candidate from Leicester East
Virender Sharma,
Priti Patel, Conservative candidate from Witham Seema Malhotra, Labour candidate for Feltham and Heston Rishi Sunak, Conservative candidate, Richmond (Yorks) Keith Vaz,

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46 million voters
across 650 constituencies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Poll predictions

  • Conservative ( 35% )
  • Labour ( 34% )
  • Liberal Democrats ( 9% )
  • UKIP ( 12% )
  • Green party ( 5% )
  • Others ( 6% )
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  • » Did you know that 6,15,000 Indian-born voters could be voting in this UK election? They make up the biggest share of all foreign born voters.
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  • » The UK's voter's top 4 concerns are: the economy, health (especially future of NHS), immigration & asylum, and welfare benefits.
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Britain votes on May 7. Final results are out early on May 8.

Share of migrant voters in London

London has by far the largest migrant vote; some constituencies here have electorates with over 50% foreign-born .
(Hover-over constituency for more details)

Party stand on immigration


  • Migrants to wait four years before they can claim benefits
  • Remove those that have failed to find work within six months
  • Bring net migration down to below 1,00,000 people a year
  • Renegotiate EU rules on free movement of workers


  • Stronger border controls with more entry-exit checks
  • Controls to stop low-skilled immigrants – top talent only
  • Migrants to wait two years before claiming benefits
  • Fines for employing illegal immigrants to be increased


  • Migrants should only qualify for benefits if they have paid tax and National Insurance for five years
  • Migrants only entitled to permanent residence after 10 years
  • Cut net migration down to 50,000 people a year

Liberal Democrats

  • Universal credit for migrants only after working for six months
  • Benefits only to migrants working for equivalent of 35-hour week on minimum wage


  • Scotland's devolved government to have control over immigration
  • Look at ways to attract high-skilled immigrants


  • Reduce immigration controls
  • Illegal migrants can stay in UK after five years
  • More legal rights for asylum seekers

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