Town hall building lit up in purple in wake of George Floyd death

Lambeth Town Hall was symbolically lit up in purple last week in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the US.

Councils in the capital and around the UK similarly bathed buildings in purple to mark the death and show support for the anti-racism movement.

Lambeth Council leader, Councillor Jack Hopkins, said: “The death of Mr Floyd highlights the huge injustices faced by black communities in the US, and we want to demonstrate our rejection of all such discrimination here in our part of London.”

Lambeth has also vowed to tackle structural inequality after a report found BAME and vulnerable groups are the hardest hit by Covid-19.

Cabinet member for equalities and culture, Councillor Sonia Winifred, added: “The virus does not discriminate – but our public service and key workers are taking the brunt of this awful pandemic. We must find out why this is and discuss the next steps with our community, together.”