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Someone needs to educate Trevor Phillips what our politics and electing a Government is about. Its not as he seems to think about representing skin colour and tribe ,its about representing our political views, and it only takes a moment to look at what Trevor Phillips is suggesting with his cultural Marxist identity politics, to see what a fractured nightmarish world he's proposing.

Not a great question in my opinion. I suspect the answer would be that if someone with Obama's communication skills became prominent in Britain then they could have a shot at being PM.
I know Priti Paatel a bit. She won selection because of her views. She is a popular PPC because she's approachable and hardworking. The colour of her skin really is in my opinion irrelevant.

Helen Grant certainly sees herself as a future leader and Prime Minister. She has been ruthlessly courting her fellow candidates and has told 3 of them that they were her inspiration to join the Conservative Party. Adam Afryie has been a disappointment at Westminster so far. He is a great talent but still seems to prefer his business interests to giving all the politics.

Afriyie's comments are conflating 2 different issues
1) The speed at which a new entrant could rise to the top and
2) The ethnicity of whoever rises to the top.

He is right that people do not become Prime Minister in the same electoral cycle that first brings them into parliament.

That this would now prevent Britain from having a black PM is a non-sequitur.

Let's avoid this thread becoming personal, "promotethewomen".

It's not as important as in America, because the Prime Minister is not head of state, and because there have never (to my knowledge) been any laws in Britain aimed at restricting the participation of "ethnic minorities" in the parliamentary election process.

I cannot personally imagine a black Prime Minister, but I expect I couldn't have imagined a female Prime Minister in 1975, so it seems unlikely mostly because it is outside my/our experience.

There are the obvious differences between the USA and Britain, that there are more black people both as an absolute number and as a percentage of population in the US, and that they have been there a lot longer.

In any case, I agree with Malcolm Dunn that this isn't a great question.