New London Mayer Joins Sikh Celebrations in His First Outing

May 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet/

London's maverick new mayor Boris Johnson chose to attend Baisakhi celebrations of Sikh community here in his first public engagement and declared that he will work to "unite all communities," in an attempt to build bridges with the city's vast ethnic minorities.

Johnson, 43, who has been viewed with suspicion on his views on minorities unlike his predecessor Ken Livingstone who enjoyed their open support, presented awards to young achievers from the Sikh community at the Trafalgar Square on Sunday.

"I am going to be a mayor for all London and work to unite communities," he said apparently allaying fears that the Conservative mayor would stop his office from supporting ethnic minorities in London.