Harrow College was welcomed by a visit from Baroness Doreen Lawrence on Wednesday (March 25).
Accompanied by Labour's parliamentary candidate for Harrow East, Uma Kumaran, Baroness Lawrence discussed the emphasis of the ethnic minority vote on May 7.
The pair detailed the plans that the Labour party have in place for young people and the importance of voting to make a difference in government, ensuring they are registered to vote.
Uma Kurman said: “Young people must be heard, loud and clear, as do ethnic minority voices – both of which are currently massively under represented, that’s why I’m determined to do all we can to get people back on the electoral register, and casting their vote in May.”
The visit comes as Harrow was found to have lost nearly 8,000 residents from the electoral roll in the last 12 months. This may be due to new voter registration rules having to now be completed individually and not as a household.
Minority ethnic groups and young people make up a large majority of potential voters, yet recent years have seen the turnout of ethnic minority and young voters drop drastically.
Baroness Lawrence said: “The General Election is fast approaching and nearly 20% of British black and minority ethnic people are not registered to vote.”
“Non-registration is one of the biggest barriers to turnout on polling day.”
If you aren't yet on the electoral roll , remember that you can register to vote online at Gov.uk before April 20.