Participation and politics

Improving the lives of ethnic minorities in Britain requires research on and engagement in politics, and Runnymede has produced a range of policy responses and parliamentary briefings over the past few years.


Our most recent briefing on the 2015 General Election results is Diversity and Democracy: Race and the 2015 General Election and was first published on the Race Card blog. This updates our April 2015 publication Race and Elections, which suggested BME voters could hold the keys to Downing Street.


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. In 2013-14 we also ran a major campaign, End Racism This Generation.


We have produced a briefing and film on ethnic minority voting behaviour based on the 2010 EMBES study, 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 employment.