Participation and politics

Improving the lives of ethnic minorities in Britain requires research on and engagement in politics.

Our most recent publication on Race and Elections was published in April 2015, suggesting BME voters could hold the keys to Downing Street.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our analysis of the election results.

However, participation isn't only about political parties and formal political institutions. Runnymede has focused on ensuring that civil society organisations and individual citizens can hold goverment to account, both by working together, and by ensuring the 'data' and 'transparency' agendas focus on race equality. One such project, Race Equality Scorecard, was highly commended by Business in the Community. We have also run a major campaign, End Racism This Generation.

We have produced a briefing and film on ethnic minority voting behaviour, and are also a partner of, summarising the best evidence on ethnic minority political behaviour and attitudes in Britain.

Runnymede currently acts as secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community. We believe that an active APPG is essential in providing parliamentarians access to top-level discussion on race equality.

Runnymede also engages with parliamentarians on a range of other issues including education, criminal justice and unemployment.