As a former human rights lawyer himself, the Mayor recognizes that freedom of speech is absolutely essential to the proper functioning of any democratic society, and is a basic right that must be cherished and jealously guarded for all of our citizens, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, background, sexuality or political orientation.

There are many public spaces across London that exist as focal points for Londoners who wish to meet and engage in debate, discussion and dialogue. The Mayor believes it is vital that this remains the case and that London continues to be open to people who want to speak their minds and express their views.

Of course, as you mention, there are sensible limits to freedom of speech, for good reason, People are not allowed to incite violence or racial or religious hatred, and the laws we have in place around this are crucial for protecting the safety and security of Londoners, particularly minority communities.