ONE hundred thousand Londoners are right to be concerned that Mayor Johnson is ignoring them and has cancelled Rise, London's anti-racism festival.
Let's be clear, Mayor Johnson cancelled the event because he did not agree with the sentiments of Rise and he is now playing to the gallery of racists and extreme right wing groups.
The core budget came from the GLA and it was the withdrawal of that funding that has led to the collapse of Rise not the loss of sponsorship from trade unions and other private sources. Incidentally, the trade unions were not approached this year to support Rise.
For years, thousands of Londoners have backed the positive anti-racist message Rise delivered. I, for one, am sorry that it has gone.
SHAH AM London Assembly Member for Brent &