Minority candidates face ‘ethnic penalty’ in elections, study shows

Research paints troubling picture of electoral prospects for minority ethnic candidates

Black and Asian candidates face an “ethnic penalty” in elections, seeing lower increases in their vote shares than white candidates in the same parties, analysis has revealed.

Conservative party candidates can be particularly disadvantaged, meaning minority ethnic candidates may end up contesting only safe seats, the research found – a phenomenon that could drastically limit the spectrum of candidates who will put themselves forward for the party.

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