Portsmouth and Brighton among ‘least representative councils for BAME people’

Operation Black Vote says its analysis shows a failure to encourage BAME councillors, warning it can lead to mistrust

Councils in Portsmouth and Brighton have been accused by the Operation Black Vote (OBV) pressure group of being among the least representative authorities across England for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

An analysis of 123 single tier councils shows that nearly one in every four councils – 23% – have no elected representatives from minority ethnic communities. When local authorities with just one BAME councillor are included, this brings the total to one third of councils.

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