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Institutional racism is rife in Britain, says London mayor

Zero tolerance: Sadiq Khan says the fight against racism starts at the top PICTURE: ITV/REX

MOST organisations in the UK have problems with ‘institutional racism’, the mayor of London has claimed.

Sadiq Khan called on bosses to ensure there is zero tolerance towards racism, as he said the country has been ‘too slow’ in tackling the problem.

Mr Khan told ITV’s Peston on Sunday that, 25 years on from the murder of Stephen Lawrence, there had been ‘huge progress’ but added: ‘We should be impatient for change.’ He said there needed to be more police officers from ethnic minorities promoted to the top levels of the police service.

And Mr Khan added: ‘I think most institutions in our country have problems with institutional racism.

‘I suspect there is still unwitting prejudice in the main political parties, dare I say it in ITV, dare I say it in the police service and other public authorities as well.

‘The key thing is the leadership must make sure there is a zero tolerance.’ Mr Khan also called on Donald Trump to apologise for retweeting the views of the far-right Britain First group, but urged that protests over the US president’s visit to the UK in July be ‘peaceful’ and ‘lawful’.

Asked if he would participate, he said that, as mayor of London, it was ‘probably inappropriate’ for him to join in.