A few months ago, I was asked to contribute an essay to a collection Demos and the Runnymede Trust were putting together about the Conservative Party's approach to race.
I was delighted to do so - it’s long been a subject close to my heart. Historically, the Conservative Party has not secured much support from black and minority ethnic communities. There are both principled and pragmatic reasons why we have to change that: if we aspire to be a one nation party that represents people of all ages and backgrounds who share a set of values, we cannot be indifferent to low levels of support among certain communities; and if we want to win elections, we cannot afford to ignore a section of the electorate that is increasing in size. We've made progress in recent years, particularly since David Cameron was elected our Leader, but there is still much to do. And it's not just important for us, it's also important for black and minority ethnic communities themselves - if they don't feel able to vote for us, Labour are able to take their support for granted.
Anyhow, the collection was published at Conservative Party Conference. You can read it here - my contribution starts on page 59. Let me know what you think.