Indian votes could be key as UK heads for a hung Parliament
Indian based migrants that create the UK’s largest foreign-born voter population could play a decisive role in the country’s May 7 general elections which could result in a hung Parliament.
The party officers from the ruling association—Conservatives and Liberal Democrats—and Opposition Labour redoubled their efforts to win over the electorate in one of the closest elections in British history where every vote will count.
The British Parliament is made up of 650 seats with 326 required for a huge population. In the previous elections held in 2010, which also led to a hung result, the Tories had Labour 258 and 307.
The Act of Liberal Democrats’ 57 helped the Tories cobble together a majority but with the Nick Clegg-led Liberal Democrats losing much ground this year, any coalition talks are expected to run on for days as parties may be forced to resort to horse-trading.
In this year’s elections, for the first time, it is predicted there are a significant number of seats where the migrant vote is likely to have the biggest impact—areas where there are large numbers of eligible migrant voters and a relatively small majority for the sitting MP.
In this so-called “migrant power list” there are 12 Opposition Labour marginal seats, six ruling Conservative seats and two held by the coalition partners Liberal Democrats.