One of the risks for Theresa May in her battle with Number 10 over reform of stop-and-search powers is that the Home Secretary loses some of the capital she has built up with BME voters over the plans. Last summer, black newspaper The Voice ran an edition suggesting that Labour could be losing the black vote and specifically pinpointed May’s work on stop-and-search as a sign that the Tories were starting to appeal to groups they’d previously alienated.
But this week May is back in The Voice with an op-ed on deaths in custody. You can click on the image to view the article in full.
It is significant, though, that the Home Secretary is unable to mention her work on stop-and-search reforms. Perhaps she sees this as a way of reassuring the newspaper’s readers that she is still serious about their concerns when stop-and-search reform is set to be ditched. The Voice still seems impressed, running a leading article which says the Home Secretary is ‘fast becoming someone who the black and minority community can do business with’.