As Mark reported earlier this week, Brent Central MP Sarah Teather voted against equal marriage on Monday, despite having written several times about her support for the policy, and despite a history of vocal claims to support LGBT equality in her constituency.
Even beyond voting for her Government’s cuts agenda, this is a fundamental betrayal of the people of Brent, and we want to make sure she knows how angry our community is about being let down and misrepresented in this way.
Brent is the second most diverse borough in the UK, and we have a uniquely strong faith network, with people from all religions and creeds living side by side. Whether Muslim like me, Catholic, Hindu, Church of England, Buddhist or other religions – our churches, temples and mosques are the busiest in London. But we are also united in our fight for LGBT rights and share a fundamental belief in equality for everyone in our Borough, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, background or birth.
So we have organised a weekend of action to deliver a petition asking Sarah Teather to apologise to Brent Central’s 16,000 strong LGBT community in the 4 wards in Brent Central which currently have Liberal Democrat Councillors.
I am asking for Labour Party Members from all over London, who are as shocked as I am at this betrayal, to come help us get out the message. We are meeting at Willesden Green Station on the jubilee line at midday on both Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February. I hope to see you there.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council