British Values

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you believe that public officials being compelled to swear an oath to uphold British values is an appropriate response to Dame Louise Casey's recent report into opportunity and integration.


Answer for British Values

Answer for British Values

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Public officials in London and across the country have a responsibility to uphold and promote our shared values.

But British values cannot be defined by a single individual, organisation or cohort of society. There are many ways to be British, and there are many ways to define British values. How we do this should be part of a national conversation.

The mechanism by which public officials demonstrate their commitment to British values, social integration and equality should also be part of this discussion.  

There is much to consider in Casey's report, which we will review as we develop a new approach to social integration to ensure London thrives as a fast-changing, diverse global city.