A poll commissioned by the Greater London Authority reveals 75 per cent of Londoners support ‘the right of all persons to dress in accordance with their religious beliefs’ with 18 per cent disagreeing.
The figures also show that 82 per cent of respondents agree with the statement “everybody in London should be free to live their lives how they like as long as they don’t stop other people doing the same”.
When asked if they agree with the statement “the British Government has the right to tell me how to lead my life” only 15 per cent said they agreed with only 4 per cent agreeing that the “media has the right to tell me how to live my life”.
Welcoming the results of the poll Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said they showed that “London is applying the principle that people should be able to live their lives as they choose, including the way they practise their religion, as long as it does not prevent others doing the same.”
The poll was undertaken by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the GLA and coincides with a cross party, multi-faith public meeting being organised by Liberty and the British Muslim Initiative this evening at which the Mayor will be speaking.