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Talk: Muslim voters and the Conservative Party

My 20 minute talk to the students of the Oxford University Conservative Association summarised the progress the Conservative Party is making attracting Muslim voters.


Delivered 7 February 2017. Posted 13 February 2017.

On 7 February 2017, I gave a talk to the Oxford University Conservative Association. I recorded it so the 20 minute talk can be listened to below.

Underneath the talk I have posted links to various items I refer to during the talk, and some demographic data regarding British Muslims.


How the speech was recorded

My first presentation recording was done on the spur of the moment, just putting my iPhone 6 on the table and relying on its built in microphone. See my page Lecture: One Muslim’s Perspective on Religious Freedom.

Once I found recording presentations worthwhile, I purchased a high quality Sennheiser digital lapel microphone which plugs into the data socket of my iPhone 6. That produces a much better recording.

Initial mentions

Milton Friedman's TV series "Free to Choose" on YouTube.

The Conservative Muslim Forum's website.

The demographics of British Muslims

The ethnic make up of Britain's Muslims, as shown in 2011 census.

Religion Muslim
All categories: Ethnic group 2,706,066
White: Total 210,620
White: English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British 77,272
White: Irish 1,914
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 378
White: Other White 131,056
Mixed/multiple ethnic group: Total 102,582
Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Black Caribbean 5,384
Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Black African 15,681
Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Asian 49,689
Mixed/multiple ethnic group: Other Mixed 31,828
Asian/Asian British: Total 1,830,560
Asian/Asian British: Indian 197,161
Asian/Asian British: Pakistani 1,028,459
Asian/Asian British: Bangladeshi 402,428
Asian/Asian British: Chinese 8,027
Asian/Asian British: Other Asian 194,485
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Total 272,015
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: African 207,201
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Caribbean 7,345
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Other Black 57,469
Other ethnic group: Total 290,289
Other ethnic group: Arab 178,195
Other ethnic group: Any other ethnic group 112,094

British Muslims as a percentage of the population, by age group.

Muslims as % of total age group
Entire population 4.8%
Age 0 to 4 9.1%
Age 5 to 7 9.2%
Age 8 to 9 8.9%
Age 10 to 14 7.5%
Age 15 6.8%
Age 16 to 17 6.4%
Age 18 to 19 6.0%
Age 20 to 24 6.3%
Age 25 to 29 7.1%
Age 30 to 34 7.3%
Age 35 to 39 6.1%
Age 40 to 44 4.4%
Age 45 to 49 2.9%
Age 50 to 54 2.7%
Age 55 to 59 2.4%
Age 60 to 64 1.4%
Age 65 to 69 1.3%
Age 70 to 74 1.5%
Age 75 to 79 1.3%
Age 80 to 84 0.8%
Age 85 and over 0.4%

The demographic shape of the Muslim and non-Muslim populations of England & Wales. Both sets of bars add up to 100%. Their relative heights show the shape of the two populations.

Other items mentioned


Muslims by constituency on the Conservative Muslim Forum website

"Degrees of Separation – Ethnic minority voters and the Conservative Party" by Lord Ashcroft

General Election 2015 and the ethnic minority vote - Summary of key findings by Survation for British Future May 2015

"The Conservative Party, racial equality and national identity" - my book chapter for Demos.

My article "The Conservative Party's need to exorcise Enoch Powell's ghost"

My article "UK political party differences in selecting BME Parliamentary candidates"


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