Multiculturalism

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3439
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you agree that multiculturalism is a strength and positive aspect of London?

Answer

Answer for Multiculturalism

Answer for Multiculturalism

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am very proud to be the Mayor of London, an extremely diverse city, home to many different communities that contribute to the social, economic and cultural fabric of the city. Londoners from all backgrounds contribute a huge amount to the capital's culture and economy.

London is a wealthy, prosperous and thriving city and remains a key player in the global economy. However, it is also a city of social contrasts, where areas of poverty and deprivation are often in close geographical proximity to areas of extreme wealth and affluence. Some communities are over represented in the poorest sections of London's population.

For many years, the political answer was legislation and division of funding by ethnic groups. However this state-sponsored 'multiculturalism' failed in its aim as some people still experience varying levels of racial discrimination, prejudice, inequality and disadvantage. It is also the case that some government policies to support different minority groups have inadvertently encouraged a sense of division by making people focus on their ethnic or religious identity.

In contrast I have wanted to be a Mayor who can represent and unite all Londoners, rather than divide communities and play them off against one another. I believe that London is one city, with all Londoners, regardless of their age, sexuality, religion, gender or race, able to benefit from the progress London has made over the past six years.