Labour needs to end its decades-long practice of relying on blocks of minority ethnic votes to be delivered by community leaders, Tony Blair’s former race adviser Faz Hakim said on Sunday.

Hakim says the party must recognise the practice is sexist, unhealthy, undemocratic and ineffective in modern politics.



The remarks come as the Labour party’s national executive digests a report admitting it lost the Bradford West byelection to George Galloway of Respect partly because it believed that a small group of British-Pakistani community leaders could deliver the election for Labour. Ed Miliband ordered a no-holds barred inquiry into the Bradford defeat and visited the city to discuss why Labour was rejected.

The report calls for campaigning in which the party connects directly with increasingly young and ideological minority ethnic voters, particularly women.

The NEC report remains confidential, but Labour sources said the party acknowledged it had turned a…

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