Ken for Mayor

April 21, 2008 at 6:06 pm / by

I went to the screening of BAFTA-nominated film, Brick Lane, yesterday in Leicester Square, to raise funds for Labour’s Camden election campaign. There was a Q&A session with broadcaster, Simon Fanshawe, and director, Sarah Gavron. The book’s author Monica Ali was also there. It was a really fun event for a good cause and afterwards, I spoke to several Londoners about the upcoming Mayoral elections.

People seemed extremely worried that the British National Party were urging their supporters to lend their second vote to the Conservative candidate Boris Johnson on 1 May. It is no secret that Boris Johnson’s track record on race-relations and multiculturalism is truly horrific but the fact that the BNP are actually calling him second preference reiterates suspicions that the Conservative candidate will not support and celebrate diversity in London like Ken Livingstone has done.

After all, what can you expect from a man who referred to black people as ‘picaninnies’ ‘with watermelon smiles’? And did I mention that he thinks ‘racism is natural’?

Yesterday’s poll in The Sunday Times showed Ken on 45% of first preference votes and Boris on 44%. We urgently need to keep the momentum of the campaign moving forward in the next ten days if we want to have a proper Mayor like Ken who has worked to reduce the number of racist attacks in London by more than 50% in the last eight years. If you are able to help out at all, please contact me or sign up here.