By-Elections

Rochdale (following demise of Sir Tony Lloyd, Labour, majority 9,668) – George Galloway standing against Azhar Ali (Labour).

Wellingborough result 15/2/2024- Gen Kitchen (Labour)

Kingswood result 15/2/2024 – Damian Egan (Labour).
STOP PRESS!
23 February 2024: Ilford South – Siddiqi Syed intends to seek Green Party nomination Labour majority 24,101 – Sam Terry deselected [Muslim population over 16 – 44,493]
PPC announcements
Independents

Andrew Feinstein to stand against Sir Keir Starmer (Labour) for Holborn seat – majority of 27,773 in 2019 over runner up Conservative

Muhammad Akunjee to stand against Rushanara Ali (Labour) for Bethnal Green & Stepney seat – majority of 37, 524 in 2019 over runner up Conservative

Leanne Mohamad to stand against Wes Streeting (Labour) for the Ilford North seat – majority of 5, 198 in 2019 over runner up Conservative
[Muslim population over 16 – 19,005]

Pamela Fitzpatrick to stand against Gareth Thomas (Labour) for Harrow West To Be Confirmed [Abbas Merali confirmed as Tory PPC]

Graham Jones (under suspension from Labour) for Hyndburn, Lancashire standing against Sara Britcliffe, Conservative – majority of 2,951 in 2019 over [runner up Labour Graham Jones].
[Muslim population over 16 – 9, 256]

Tahir Mirza (formerly Labour) for East Ham standing against Sir Stephen Timms (Labour) – majority of 33,176 over runner up Conservative
Grass roots movements

Redbridge Matters – seeking an independent PPC for Ilford South. click here.
MPs intending to standing down

In constituencies with >20% Muslim population
Karen Buck Westminster North – Labour, majority 10, 759
[Muslim population over 16 – 20,502]
Margaret Hodge Barking – Labour majority 15, 427
[Muslim population over 16 – 25,966]
In marginal constituencies
Jon Cruddas Dagenham & Rainham – Labour majority 293
[Muslim population over 16 – 11, 221]
Stephen Hammond Wimbledon – Conservative majority 628
[Muslim population over 16 – 5,071)
Jo Gideon Stoke on Trent Central – Conservative majority 670
[Muslim population over 16 – 6089)
Stephen Brine Winchester – Conservative majority 985
[Muslim population over 16 – 769]
Alex Cunningham Stockton North – Labour majority 1,027
[Muslim population over 16 – 1,399]

In other constituencies

Stuart Andrew Pudsey – Conservative majority 3,517
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 2,313]
Mike Freer, Finchley & Golders Green – Conservative majority 6, 562
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 9,924]
Matthew Offord Hendon – Conservative majority 4230
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 7,398]
Royston Smith Southampton Itchen – Conservative majority 4,490
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 2,525]
Robert Neill Bromley & Chislehurst – Conservative majority 10,891
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 2,508]
Kwasi Kwarteng Spelthorne – Conservative majority 18,393
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 2,843]
Tracey Crouch Chatham & Aylesford – Conservative majority 18,540

Margaret Becket Derby South – Labour majority 6,019
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 15,266]
Paul Blomfield Sheffield Central – Labour majority 27,273
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 11,747]
Harriet Harman Camberwell & Peckham – Labour majority 33,780
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 9,104]
Barry Sheerman Huddersfield – Labour majority 4,937
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 11,566]
Rosie Winterton Doncaster Central – Labour majority 2,278
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 3,653]

Source on MPs intending to stand down https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainer/mps-standing-down-next-election
MPs speaking up to bring to end the genocide (at rallies, vigils, in Parliament) include

John McDonnell, Hayes & Harlington – Labour
Tahir Ali Birmingham Hall Green – Labour
Tanmanjeet Dhesi Slough – Labour

Paul Bristow Peterborough – Conservative

Claudia Webbe, Leicester East – Independent
Speculation on Election Date

14 November 2024? George Osborne’s prediction [11 January] click here
Whip suspensions
Kate Osamor Edmonton – for calling the genocide a genocide. – 28 Jan 2024
Jeremy Corbyn Islington North – suspended 2020
Diane Abbott Hackney North & Stoke Newington – suspended 2023

Shadow ministers who have resigned
Jess Phillips Birmingham Yardley – resigned as shadow minister, domestic abuse and safeguarding
Naz Shah Bradford West – resigned as shadow minister, crime reduction
Afzal Khan Manchester West Gorton – recently served as shadow minister for export
Yasmin Qureshi Bolton South East – shadow women and equalities minister, 
Paula Barker Liverpool Wavertree – shadow minister for homelessness 
Rachel Hopkins Luton South –  shadow minister for veterans
Andy Slaughter   Hammersmith –  shadow solicitor general.

YouElect has been revived on salaam.co.uk to provide news and views in the runup to the 2024 General Election.

News Roundup

Voter Registration

Party Muslim networks & news

Muslim Civil Society statements

Trends & Statistics

Opinion Pieces

Results of 2019 General Election

A review of past British Muslim electoral participation

Further reading

Click for book review. Plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose?

The YouElect project was initiated in July 2009 by a network of Muslim civil society activists in anticipation of the 2010 general election. Its distinct features were the pooling of resources and expertise of a number of community bodies and the forging of stronger links between a central coordinating team and local grassroots activists. The work was championed by Ismail Patel (Friends of Al Aqsa), Anas Altikriti (Cordoba Foundation), Imran Hamid and Naeem Darr (MDUK) with statistical support from salaam.co.uk .

1. News Roundup

Anna Leach and Niels de Hoog ın the Guardian, 20 February 2024: “[. . .] 148 seats could be lost [by Tories] on predicted swing of 15.4 percentage points”. Constituencies identified include Burnley, Wolverhampton West, Bury North, Bury South, Bolton North East, Watford, Chingford & Wood Green, Birmingham Northfield, Leeds North West, Keighley and Ilkley, Walsall and Bloxwich, Peterborough, West Bromwich, Derby North, Hyndburn, Hendon, Cities of London and Westminster, Harrow East.

Josiah Mortimer in Bylines.com, 19 February 2024, “[. . .] The constituency with the highest number of unregistered voters is the Cities of London and Westminster – where 24,320 people are missing from the electoral roll. This means that 20.3% of the eligible population is missing from the electoral roll.  The rest of the ‘bottom five’ worst-performing seats by proportion of missing voters are: Leeds Central and Headingley, Bristol Central, Sheffield Central, and Liverpool Riverside. All are missing about one-fifth of potential voters from their rolls.” click here

10 February 2024: Michael Savage in The Observer: “Labour MPs are warning they face a growing challenge from a well-funded slate of independent candidates opposed to Keir Starmer’s position on the Israel-Gaza war [. . .] The Bethnal Green and Bow seat in east London, held by the shadow business minister, Rushanara Ali, is among the constituencies being discussed.” click here.

31 January 2024: Peter Oborne in Middleeasteye.net: “[. . .] There are indications that the left is also beginning to mobilise against Starmer. It needs to work with the Muslim community [. . .] As the two main parties turn their backs on Muslims, while moving ever further towards the right, we may be seeing the emergence of a new British Muslim political consciousness. click here.

30 January 2024: Kiran Stacey and Aletha Adu in The Guardian “[. . .] We know we [Labour] have lost the Muslim vote and at the very least their trust [. . .] Labour Friends of Palestine (LFPME) has become one of the central organising hubs.” click here.

26 December 2023: Peter Oborne writing in Middleeasteye.net, “Expect  British politics to lurch towards the extreme right in 2024 as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak battles for political survival.” click here.

2. Voter Registration

Josiah Mortimer in Bylines.com, 19 February 2024, “[. . .] The constituency with the highest number of unregistered voters is the Cities of London and Westminster – where 24,320 people are missing from the electoral roll. This means that 20.3% of the eligible population is missing from the electoral roll.  The rest of the ‘bottom five’ worst-performing seats by proportion of missing voters are: Leeds Central and Headingley, Bristol Central, Sheffield Central, and Liverpool Riverside. All are missing about one-fifth of potential voters from their rolls.” click here

Applying for a Voter Authority Cerificate click here

3. Party Muslim networks & news

Who is on the Muslims for Labour team? click here

Who is on the Conservative Muslim Forum’s executive board? click here

4. Muslim Civil Society statements

26/12/2023: Blogging Theology Podcast –  Can UK Muslims Make a Real Difference in  Elections?  with Muhammad Jalal  click here

Muslim Vote initiative click here

5. Trends & Statistics for 2024

  • Constituencies with > 20% Muslim population – click here
  • Marginal constituencies – click here
  • MPs in >20 Muslim population constituencies – voting on 15 November 2023, SNP Ceasefire resolution – click here
  • MPs in Marginal constituencies constituencies – voting on 15 November 2023, SNP Ceasefire resolution – click here

6. Opinion Piece

[watch this space]

7. Results for 2019

Ahead of the 2019 General Election, the Muslim Council of Britain launched its report ‘British Muslim Perspectives and the 2019 General Election’. Along with identifying a number of policies on a range of issues from the NHS to national security, it detailed  the issues surrounding Islamophobia which are most pertinent to British Muslims. Click here.

The number of Muslim heritage MPs:

  1. Khalid Mahmood, Perry Barr, Labour
  2. Dr. Rosina Allin-Khan, Tooting Labour
  3. Rupa Huq, Ealing Central and Acton,Labour
  4. Tulip Rizwana Siddiq, Hampstead and Kilburn, Labour
  5. Naz Shah Bradford West, Labour
  6. Imran Hussein, Bradford East, Labour,
  7. Shabana Mahmood, Birmingham Ladywood, Labour
  8. Rushanara Ali,   Bethnal Green and Bow, Labour
  9. Yasmin Qureshi, Bolton South East, Labour
  10. Afzal Khan, West Gorton, Labour
  11. Muhammad Yasin, Bedford, Labour
  12. Apsana Begum Labour, Poplar & Limehouse with 38,660 votes
  13. Zarah Sultana, Labour,  Coventry South.
  14. Tahir Ali, Birmingham Hall Green, Labour
  15. Rehman Chishti, Gillingham and Rainham, Conservative
  16. Nusrat Ghani,  Wealden, Conservative
  17. Saqib Bhatti, Meridan, Conservative
  18. Sajid Javed, Bromsgrove, Conservative

8. A review of past British Muslim electoral participation

1997

The UK Action Committee published an 11-page ‘Muslim manifesto’, For a Fair and Caring Society, in time for the May 1997 general election. Under the coordination of Iqbal Sacranie, the drafters included Hashir Faruqi, AbdulWahid Hamid, Bashir Maan and Jamil Sherif. Meetings were also organised with prominent PCs, including the Home Secretary Michael Howard MP and the Shadow Home Secretary Jack Straw MP. UKACIA’s specific aim was to obtain a number of commitments from the next government, particularly to expedite voluntary-aided status for Muslim faith schools, place discrimination on grounds of being Muslim on par with the protection afforded to Jews and Sikhs and inclusion of a religion question in the 2001 Census.  The 1997 general election also resulted in election of

  1. Mohammad Sarwar, Glasgow Govan, Labour

2001

The MCB published a policy document prior to the June 2001 general election, entitled Electing to Listen: promoting policies for British Muslims, similar in scope and format to UKACIA’s ‘manifesto’ of 1997. . Labour was returned to power, returning

  1. Mohammad Sarwar, Glasgow Govan, Labour
  2. Khalid Mahmood, Perry Barr, Labour

2005

By the time of the May 2005 General Election, there was much resentment and disaffection within Muslim communities with the Labour government to do with the ‘War on Terror’, anti-terrorism laws and the use of stop-and-search powers by the police. Its  pre-2005 general election ‘manifesto’, Electing to Deliver – working for a representative Britain was a 21-page policy paper urging Muslims, as in the 2001 general election, “to take an active part in all the issues of the election campaign…active engagement in civil society is basic duty in Islam”. The number of Muslim candidates standing in the 2005 general election was 48, more than double compared to 2001, “but despite the rise, Muslims remain under-represented, particularly in being selected for safe or winnable seats”  (The Muslim News). An outcome of the election was an increase in the number of Muslim-heritage MPs to four.

  1. Mohammad Sarwar, Glasgow Govan, Labour
  2. Khalid Mahmood, Perry Barr, Labour
  3. Shahid Malik, Dewsbury, Labour
  4. Sadiq Khan, Tooting Labour

2010

This was when the YouElect initiative came to the fore. The 2010 General Election also provided a strategic opportunity:  political commentators were discussing the possibility of a hung parliament and while at the time it was uncertain whether this would lead to minority government or a coalition of either Labour or Conservatives with the Liberal Democrats, the general feeling within the Muslim community towards the end of 2009 was that such an outcome was one worth striving for.

The MCB established the MuslimVote web platform “ as a non-partisan space where British Muslims of all political persuasions can come together, debate, share learn and activate for the common good.” Muslim-heritage MPs elected:

  1. Khalid Mahmood, Perry Barr, Labour
  2. Shahid Malik, Dewsbury, Labour
  3. Sadiq Khan, Tooting Labour
  4. Anas Sarwar, Glasgow Central, Labour
  5. Shabana Mahmood, Birmingham Ladywood, Labour
  6. Rushanara Ali,   Bethnal Green and Bow, Labour
  7. Yasmin Qureshi, Bolton South East, Labour
  8. Rehman Chishti, Gillingham and Rainham, Conservative
  9. Sajid Javed, Bromsgrove, Conservative

2015

The Muslim Council of Britain worked with the Electoral Commission to encourage Muslims across the UK to register to vote for the upcoming General Election. The number of Muslim heritage MPs:

  1. Khalid Mahmood, Perry Barr, Labour
  2. Shahid Malik, Dewsbury, Labour
  3. Sadiq Khan, Tooting, Labour – resigned for London Mayorship
  4. Dr. Rosina Allin-Khan, Labour from 2016
  5. Rupa Huq Ealing Central and Acton,Labour
  6. Tulip Rizwana Siddiq, Hampstead and Kilburn, Labour
  7. Nusrat Ghani,  Wealden, Conservative
  8. Naz Shah Bradford West, Labour
  9. Imran Hussein, Bradford East, Labour,
  10. Shabana Mahmood, Birmingham Ladywood, Labour
  11. Rushanara Ali,   Bethnal Green and Bow, Labour
  12. Yasmin Qureshi, Bolton South East, Labour
  13. Afzal Khan, West Gorton, Labour,  from 2017
  14. Muhammad Yasin, Bedford, Labour, from 2017
  15. Rehman Chishti, Gillingham and Rainham, Conservative
  16. Nusrat Ghani,  Wealden, Conservative
  17. Sajid Javed, Bromsgrove, Conservative
  18. Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, Ochil_and_South_Perthshire, SNP

9. Further reading

Timothy Peace (ed.) Muslims and Political Participation in Britain, Routledge 2015 click here.