The Tories are struggling to win over ethnic minority voters because they are seen as “racist”, a candidate claimed today.
Conservative Afzal Amin, who is standing in Dudley North, said the party leadership talked to people from India as if they had just arrived in the country.
His comments claim as David Cameron’s election guru Lynton Crosby was reported to have said that reaching out to ethnic minority voters “muddies” the Tory election message.
Mr Amin said the “general perception” among black and Asian voters was the Conservatives were still a racist party.
“What’s very clear to me is that in the Sandwell and Dudley areas where I grew up and I now live, for the vast majority of people, whether they’re black or from the Indian subcontinent, the general perception is that the party remains a racist party and we have not done enough to convince them that this is not the case,” he told the Coffee House blog.
He added: “We communicate with our ethnic minority voters as though they belong somewhere else.