Rebuilding community relations (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Sian Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Sian Berry AM:  I just wanted to go back to the original question, really.  I do think that the campaign from the Conservatives was an attempt to divide London.  I was part of it every day.  I saw the strategy evolve as we went through the campaign.  It was an attempt to be divisive. 


I agree with the point that you made, Mr Mayor, about the potential for putting people off politics.  I was concerned throughout the campaign that it might put people off voting in the election at all.  We do need to remind ourselves that this election had the highest turnout of any election we have had in London so far for this chamber and for the mayoralty.  It was, I think, equal for the highest turnout with 2008, when I last stood.  I am happy that the campaign from the Conservatives seems to have misunderstood London and that Londoners as a whole rejected the campaign so completely in the attempt to divide them.  It makes me very proud. 


I am supposed to ask you a question and so my question is: do you have similar pride in Londoners for rejecting division in that way and will you also include people of no faith in your inclusivity?  I am a humanist and was very happy to see humanists at the Southwark Cathedral ceremony that you had the day after the election count.  I just wanted some assurance that you will continue to involve humanist leaders in your events.  


Answer for Rebuilding community relations (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Rebuilding community relations (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Personally, Chairman, I do think you have faith.  You just do not have an organised faith.  Of course I will be inclusive and include people who are not members of organised faiths in the work that I do.  Of course I have a huge sense of pride in the response of London to the politics of fear.  We should all be proud of that response from London.


I thought you might ask whether there is a link between the record turnout and you standing in both elections.  The answer is that I hope not.