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Asiansunday.co.uk asks ‘Is it time for a BME mayor for Lodon?:  ‘According to the 2011 Census, there are more than 4.5 million people in London who belong to a BME group. Since the 2001 Census the overall BME population in London has increased from around 1 in 7 to 1 in 5.

London has always been a melting pot of cultures, races and religions and it is generally seen as one of its biggest strengths.  So is it now time for Londoners to elect a BME Mayor? Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote (OBV) thinks so.  Earlier this year, he wrote on his blog that “Selecting a BME Mayor would send a global message that London and the UK is one of the most progressive, cultural, and energised places in the world”. As well as race, religion is being highlighted by one of the frontrunners for the role.

Sadiq Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting and Shadow London Minister, thinks that it’s time for a Muslim Mayor and has already put his hat into the ring by seeking his parties’ nomination.  In a recent interview with the Guardian newspaper, he said “The idea that the Mayor of London could be son of an immigrant, son of a bus driver, ethnic minority – and by the way, of Islamic faith – would speak volumes”. Speaking to the Jewish News he said he’ll “never stop fighting racism in all its forms, including anti-Semitism”.

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