Labour accuse Boris of ‘letting down’ gay Londoners

Boris Johnson has been accused of “letting down” lesbian, gay, and bisexual Londoners after City Hall failed to make it into the 2013 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

The annual index scores nearly 400 businesses and organisations to find the UK’s top employers for lesbian, gay, and bisexual staff.

The Greater London Authority last featured in the index in 2008 during former Mayor Ken Livingstone’s tenure when it was ranked second.

In subsequent years Mayor Johnson declined to apply for inclusion but in last year’s Mayoral election campaign promised to do so this year.

Although the Mayor kept that promise, City Hall failed to make the list. Transport for London and the London Fire Brigade also failed to feature in the top 100 employers.

Labour London Assembly Member Tom Copley said: “By failing to even make the top 100 Boris is letting down the LGB community in London. He should be using his power to set an example to other organisations across London.
“City Hall used to pride itself on being an organisation that went the extra mile to tackle discrimination. It is unclear from the Mayor’s response to me why City Hall failed to make the Top 100. I have written to him today asking for this information to be made public so he can be held to account. We need to make sure he improves his performance so that City Hall makes the grade next year.”

The Mayor’s office have been asked for a comment.