One of David Cameron’s most senior advisors has called on the Conservative Party to “do more” to engage with ethnic minority voters, bemoaning the “historical failures” for the lack of Tory support from the UK’s Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) voters.
Lynton Crosby, the Prime Minister’s chief election strategist, : “I think every political party can do more. I can tell you one thing that the Conservative Party does, it takes seriously its need to work very hard to secure support.
“There hasn’t been the extent of engagement that you’ve seen, between the Labour Party frankly, and various BME communities, that is a historical reality.”
The Australia-born Crosby was speaking at an event organized on the fringes of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham and aimed at convincing more Muslims to vote Tory in next year’s general election.
The comments by Crosby – who helped bring Boris Johnson to power as Mayor of London in 2008 – surprised many commentators given the controversial circumstances surrounding his appointment to Cameron’s inner circle in 2012.
The Daily Mail reported then that Crosby had once told staff on the London Mayoral campaign to “ignore f***ing Muslims” and focus instead on the “core” Conservative vote.
He denied ever using those words.