Supporting police (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
September 14, 2011
Question By: 
Richard Barnbrook
British National Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you, Madam Chairman. I would like to follow on from Roger'scomment, Mr Mayor. I believe, 30 years ago, in the Brixton Riots, it was primarily geared around sus laws (stop and search laws). That was the purpose of their discontent and protest. Have you or this office or the Metropolitan Police Service received any sort of protest concern from the rioters across London in the recent months, or is it simply as other people have mentioned, of wanton greed and violence?

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Answer for Supporting police (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Supporting police (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I think the Member is actually correct in the distinction that he makes. I think that probably in 1981 there were issues around policing in Brixton, and indeed other parts of the country. If you look at the community conversations and some of the discussions that we have had in the last year ago, going around London and talking to effective groups about police relations in particular, it has been very striking how rarely the question of relations between the communities came up. It has come up very, very rarely. I think once in Hackney we had a conversation about it, but I think there has been huge progress in building trust between the police and Londoners. That does not mean there is not a long way to go, but I do not think, Jennette, that was what was fundamentally driving those rioters.

Richard Barnbrook (AM): So, no petition or no agendas being submitted to the Government on police?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): No.

Richard Barnbrook (AM): Thank you.