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Nicky Gavron, deputy mayor for London, and Lee Jasper, the mayor's adviser on equalities and race relations, pledge...
Nicky Gavron, deputy mayor for London, and Lee Jasper, the mayor's adviser on equalities and race relations, pledged that the GLA will do everything within its power to tackle inequality and discrimination in the capital.

Speaking at the launch of the Black Londoners Forum (BLF), Nicky Gavron said that the GLA was uniquely placed to address the problems affecting London's ethnic communities and vowed to use all its powers to shape a more equal society.

The GLA has declared itself an exemplar employer and is about to establish a comprehensive equalities' policy covering everything from recruitment to procurement. Nicky Gavron said that other examples of the GLA's commitment to creating a more representative society were already evident.

'The authority is committed to involving London's black community in the wide strategic consultation processes that will shape the overall vision for London and I know that the London Black Forum will play its part in ensuring that the GLA's policies reflect your concerns and priorities.'

'The mayor is making sure that his nominations for positions on the 'functional bodies' within the GLA are broadly representative of London's population which has already resulted in increased numbers of black people in positions of power and influence in many areas of London governance.'

The GLA will also ensure equality in Transport for London, one of London's largest employers, prioritise single regeneration budget funding for black community organisations in the next funding round, prioritise black health issues in partnership with the NHS region, target black recruitment by the London Fire Brigade and ensure the implementation of the MacPherson Report by the Metropolitan Police Service.

Welcoming the launch of the BLF, Lee Jasper said: 'The GLA is committed to supporting the establishment of a range of consultative forum representing a range of different interests and varied communities. The BLF will provide an opportunity for the members to consult with the GLA and other regional authorities and agencies. This is an important first step towards ensuring that the GLA is responsive dynamic and inclusive.'


The Black Londoners Forum (BLF) is a non-party political organisation.

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