The political leaders have, in many ways, been forced to  responded to BME concerns in the this election debate, not least because they have seen the data that clearly shows BME communities will have a huge say in the vast majority of the 50 most marginal seats in the country. 

As the polls between the two main parties close, the importance of the BME vote becomes apparent.  The collaborative work of 20 BME organisations in writing the Race Equality Manifesto and highlighting the power of Black Vote, alongside a media campaign with media giants Saatchi & Saatchi, has helped put tackling race inequality firmly on the political map. Our focus now is to drive up voter turnout and keep the pressure on the political leaders.

Read the statements on race equality that Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron have sent us:

Theresa May: My plan for race equality in Britain

Read Theresa May's statement here

Read Theresa May's statement here

Jeremy Corbyn: Why BAME voters should vote Labour

Read Jeremy Corbyn's statement here

Read Jeremy Corbyn's statement here

TIM FARRON: A BRITAIN WHERE EVERYONE IS TREATED FAIRLY

Read Tim Farron's statement here

Read Tim Farron's statement here