Based on consultations amongst its affiliate network and with focus groups conducted in various UK regions, this document presents a consensus view amongst its affiliates of the issues affecting British Muslims ahead of the 2015 General Election.
On 7 May 2015 British voters will participate in one of the most keenly contested General Elections in a generation. Like their fellow citizens, British Muslims – many of whom will be voting for the first time – have the opportunity to make a real difference in their country’s future.
The 2011 Census puts the Muslim population in England and Wales at 2,706,066 (with 77,000 Muslims in Scotland and 4,000 in Northern Ireland).
There are twenty-six Parliamentary constituencies with a Muslim population of 20% or more. There is also a sizeable Muslim presence in several marginal constituencies.
This document presents a consensus view amongst its affiliates of the issues affecting British Muslims ahead of the 2015 General Election.
We hope it serves as a useful guide for incumbent and prospective Parliamentary candidates, and for local Muslim communities seeking to engage in political dialogue.
This document is based on consultations amongst its affiliate network and with focus groups conducted in various UK regions; it also draws on the MCB’s recent publication, ‘British Muslims in Numbers’ that has used 2011 Census data and more recent research to provide a demographic, socio-economic and health profile of Muslims in Britain.
Together, Fairness, Not Favours give voice to the whole range of principles, ideas and concerns that British Muslims will have, not merely for their own interests, but for the common good of our shared future.
We highlight a range of issues affecting British Muslims. They are by no means exhaustive. In essence, we seek a compassionate and caring society, one where no groups are left behind through disadvantage and discrimination. We want a society that is vibrant and successful.
This is the third such document published by the Muslim Council of Britain since it was founded in 1997. The Muslim Council of Britain is a democratic, non-partisan organisation that will not endorse any single political party.
While Fairness, Not Favours sets out issues affecting Muslims specifically, the MCB recognises that there are a number of factors that will inform the choices of a Muslim voter. Accordingly the Muslim Council of Britain will also be endorsing policy platforms from other organisations and inter-faith bodies that seek the common good of society as a whole.