Public gives new government a chance on immigration reforms – with space to go further too
British Future
by Steve Ballinger
4d ago
The public is ready to give Keir Starmer’s Labour government a chance with its proposed immigration reforms – and there is also room to go further, according to a new post-election poll by Focaldata for British Future. Only one in five people (20%) disapprove of the government’s headline policy, implemented on day one: scrapping the Rwanda scheme and spending the money on a new Border Security Command. Half the public (50%) – and two-thirds (67%) of the voters who elected Labour to power – actively approve of the new approach. Even among those who didn’t vote for Keir Starmer’s party, more ag ..read more
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England, my England
British Future
by Steve Ballinger
6d ago
Nobody told me – when I was eight – that there was any doubt about whether I could be English or British. The first big national question I was personally aware of was this one: would Kevin Keegan be fit enough to play in the World Cup? England had qualified for Espana 82 but their talismanic captain was injured. He was by far the most famous player – the one footballer that every eight-year-old had heard of – and so I was among those anxiously awaiting every medical bulletin. Maybe I felt English before I felt British, if only by the coincidence of sporting chronology. That first football Wor ..read more
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After the landslide
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by Steve Ballinger
1w ago
Keir Starmer’s Labour Party has won the 2024 general election with a landslide majority of more than 170. The near-record result means Labour will dominate the House of Commons, despite a modest vote share of 34%. They were aided by voters deserting the Conservatives, who won 365 seats in 2019 but managed only a third of that in 2024. The Liberal Democrats took a record 71 seats and the SNP just 9, with the Reform Party, Green Party and Plaid Cymru all on 4. What can we learn from the 2024 general election result for what happens next? 1.Farewell to Rishi Sunak, the UK’s first British Asian Pr ..read more
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Landmark for representation as diversity of parliament nears that of electorate
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by Steve Ballinger
1w ago
A record number of 89 ethnic minority MPs have been elected to sit in the UK’s most diverse parliament ever, an increase of 23, according to British Future’s analysis of the 2024 general election results. The historic advance in representation means the new parliament comes closer than ever before to reflecting the diversity of the electorate, with 13.7% of MPs coming from an ethnic minority background. Analysis of census data by Matt Singh of Number Cruncher Politics estimates that 14% of the UK electorate is from an ethnic minority background.  By far the largest number of ethnic minori ..read more
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Black football pioneers unite to celebrate Windrush legacy
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by Steve Ballinger
3w ago
Pioneering Black footballers, including Viv Anderson, England’s first Black player, have joined original Windrush passenger Alford Gardner to highlight the Black contribution to English football as England compete in the Euros and communities prepare to mark Windrush Day this weekend. The joint letter, published today in The Guardian newspaper, is also signed by Brendon Batson, one of the pioneering ‘Three Degrees’ from West Bromwich Albion in the 1970s; Chelsea’s first Black player Paul Canoville; West Ham legend Clyde Best; and the first Black players for Manchester City, Leicester City and ..read more
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Parliament set for biggest-ever increase in ethnic minority representation
British Future
by Steve Ballinger
1M ago
A record number of ethnic minority MPs will be elected on 4 June, with an increase of at least 20 and as many as 30 more ethnic minority MPs taking seats in the Commons – the biggest increase ever – according to new analysis of final candidate selections by British Future. With around 14% of MPs coming from an ethnic minority background, the new Parliament will be closer than ever before to reflecting the diversity of the electorate. Analysis of census data by Matt Singh of Number Cruncher Politics estimates that 14% of the UK electorate is from an ethnic minority background. It also means tha ..read more
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D-Day 80 call to remember service of Commonwealth forces
British Future
by Steve Ballinger
1M ago
The service of commonwealth personnel in the Second World War, in crucial but often less famous battles, must not be overlooked as we mark D-Day 80 this week, voices from the military, politics, history, culture, faith and civil society have said in a joint letter today. This week sees the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a key moment in the Second World War. But 1944 also “saw service personnel from across the commonwealth fight important battles all over the world, from Monte Cassino in Italy to Burma and Northern India,” says the letter, published today in The Times. Signatories a fo ..read more
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Football club loyalties can strengthen inclusive belonging and bridge divides: new research
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by Steve Ballinger
2M ago
The tribal loyalties of football club identities can play an important role in helping bring people together across social divides, according to new research from British Future. While rivalries between teams may run strong, our local club affiliations can also help to connect diverse communities and strengthen shared local identities. A new report, Shared Goals: the power of football clubs to connect diverse communities, explores the role of football clubs in bringing people from different ethnic, faith and social backgrounds together through a shared pride in their team and their local area ..read more
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Rwanda scheme: planes taking off not enough to count as ‘success’, says public
British Future
by Steve Ballinger
3M ago
New polling by Focaldata for British Future finds only a quarter of the public would consider planes taking off to as a ‘success’ for the Rwanda policy, with 4 in 10 needing to see small boat arrivals cut in half before the policy could be considered a success. The survey finds: Only a quarter (24%) of the public would consider planes taking off for Rwanda as a successful outcome of the Rwanda policy – more (38%) would need to see small boat arrivals reduced by 50%, because of the Rwanda scheme, before the policy could be considered a success. A further 25% oppose the scheme and can’t see a s ..read more
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New attitudes tracker finds record dissatisfaction with government on immigration
British Future
by Steve Ballinger
4M ago
Public dissatisfaction with the Government’s handling of immigration is at its highest level since before the EU referendum, according to new data from the Immigration Attitudes Tracker from Ipsos and British Future, which has tracked public attitudes to immigration since 2015. The findings are set out in a new report, Immigration and the election: Time to choose, published by British Future. Some 69% of the public say they are dissatisfied with the way the current government is dealing with immigration and just 9% are satisfied. Only 16% of current Conservative supporters – and just 8% o ..read more
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