27 Apr 2004
The Muslim Council of Britain today organised a conference for Imams at City Hall hosted by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. The purpose of the conference was to encourage the Muslim community in London to feed into the work of the Greater London Authority Group, which can support their active participation in the life of the capital.
Opening the conference, Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain said:
‘It is vital that London’s 700,000 strong Muslim community are given the necessary information, support and tools to fulfil their true potential and help ensure the continued growth, stability and prosperity of this great city.’
Also, speaking at the conference, Ken Livingstone, added:
‘It is essential to work with all stakeholders in the capital, including London’s Muslim communities and that they are able to inform the development of policies and strategies for London. My office and the Greater London Authority will continue to work closely with the Muslim community, to ensure it is able to participate fully in the political and cultural life of the capital, while also challenging Islamophobia.’
Other speakers included Anthony Mayer, Chief Executive at the Greater London Authority, who discussed the forthcoming Mayoral, Assembly and European Elections. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner David Veness spoke about anti-terrorism legislation and continuing efforts to ensure the safety and security of Londoners.[Ends]
Note for Editors:
1. The Greater London Authority Group comprises: The Greater London Authority; Metropolitan Police Authority; Transport for London; London Development Agency; London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
2. The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK’s representative Muslim umbrella body with over 400 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.