School of Politics and International Relations

Black Londoners 'under-represented in town halls despite progress since 90s'

4 March 2019

Black Londoners continue to be under-represented in locally elected government, research shows. Despite overall increases in minorities on councils since the early Nineties, five London boroughs still have no black councillors at all. Across the capital, the number of black councillors is only slightly above half of what should be expected for the population size. However, the report by academics called Getting better, slowly. Ethnicity, gender and party in London’s local government found that Asians are now represented proportionately in town halls compared with their population size. Report authors Professor Philip Cowley and Mercy Muroki also found that Labour had done the most significant amount of “heavy lifting” in terms of representation of black and Asian councillors in the capital.

Read more in the Evening Standard.