Decision Maker Response
Sadiq Khan’s response
Jun 16, 2017 — Dear Petitioner
Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Al Quds Day March on 18 June.
The Mayor is aware of the concerns raised about this march by London's Jewish community and has received a full briefing on the policing plan from the Met Police.
Both the Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Service are clear that keeping London safe by tackling hate crime and reducing the risk posed by terror groups are of the highest priority. The recently published Police and Crime Plan contains considerable detail on how policing will continue to focus on these areas.
As is the case for any group, protesters have the right to march as long as they do so within the law. The Mayor does not have the power to ban a march in London.
Due to the concerns raised, the Mayor has personally discussed the policing of this event with the Commissioner, and has written to her today (16 June) to underline his support for the Metropolitan Police making use of all of the powers at their disposal to ensure that, should any criminal offences occur, suitable action will be taken.
The Mayor has ensured that the Met fully appreciates the potential impact of this march on London's communities and is monitoring the situation closely. As ever, there will be a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime, including anti-Semitism.
Public Liaison Unit
Greater London Authority