Anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies could cost the Conservatives dear at the general election in May, when a record four million foreign-born people will be eligible to vote, party chiefs have been warned.
A new analysis has calculated that migrant voters could have a decisive impact in marginal seats across England and Wales, many of which are held by the Tories by precarious majorities. The study concluded that UK residents born overseas could sway the result of up to 70 constituencies on 7 May.
The findings will intensify alarm within the Tory leadership that the party’s lack of appeal to ethnic minority voters will severely hamper David Cameron’s chances of winning a Commons majority.
Behold the folly of trying to be Diet UKIP. The Conservative Party badly needs to drop the tub thumping rhetoric and start reaching out to minority ethnic voters.