The Asian Vote


Asian Network’s Unique Debate to be Broadcasted Across Radio

In the run up to General Election 2015 BBC Asian Network is staging ‘The Big Asian Election Debate’, taking place in the Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham, to be broadcast on the station and across various BBC Local Radio stations on Sunday 26th April between 6pm and 7pm.


Hosted by one of BBC Asian Network’s flagship presenters, Nihal, the debate gives Asian voters the opportunity to grill the panel on the issues that matter most to them. The confirmed panel features figures from five political parties:

  • Conservatives – Priti Patel
  • Labour – Shabana Mahmood
  • Liberal Democrats – Zuffar Haq
  • Green Party – Shahrar Ali
  • UKIP – Tariq Mahmood
A simulcast across the BBC Asian Network and the BBC’s 14 local stations* in England that run Asian shows is scheduled to be broadcast on the evening of Sunday 26th April. In addition, the debate is being filmed and later transmitted on the BBC News Channel, also on the evening of Sunday 26th April at 8pm.


Nihal said: “On the 24th April in Birmingham I will be hosting the biggest election debate for the Asian voter. This is the first election where the Asian vote could well be instrumental in deciding who is in Number 10 on the morning of the 8th May and with so many Asians still undecided, listen in to see which party deserves your vote.”


Kevin Silverton, Head of News at BBC Asian Network said: “”This is a unique collaboration across the BBC’s services for Britain’s growing Asian population. There won’t be a debate quite like this anywhere else that gives such a voice to this part of the community and digs into the issues that are important to them in this election.” 


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