by Robin Shepherd
With the British general elections less than 10 days away, a fascinating piece in today's Guardian emphasises the growing importance of Muslim voters in shifting the terms of debate in
"On the basis of these concerns," says Altikriti, "lists of recommended candidates include names from most parties, major and small (Lib Dems, Labour, Tory and Green candidates)."
One list drawn up by the British Muslim Initiative recommends and endorses candidates in 52 constituencies. Most are well known for their virulent hostility to
Altikriti is quite open in stressing the significance of the Palestinian issue in voter motivation among British Muslims:
"Mirroring the national trend, the Muslim community seems to be moving in favour of a greater share of the vote for the Liberal Democrats within a hung parliament scenario. The overall view is that the Lib Dems have made the better pronouncements when it comes to
One of those "better pronouncements when it comes to
Muslims make up around five percent of the
"Whatever the outcome of the election… Muslims around the country are likely to play a significant role in influencing the outcome of dozens of seats." Very much the shape of things to come in modern
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