Pipers and social inclusion in the City

A feature of IMG_8976City life is the sheer variety of things that happen, often in one evening!

Tower ward residents, the Clothworkers’ Company invited me to the Masters’ and Clerks’ dinner on Tuesday.  I finally learnt about the links between the Company and their role in founding my University in Leeds.  Given I studied politics I didn’t come across their support for the textiles sector at the time but I certainly remembered the Hall there, even if my lectures were mainly confined 1960s buildings made of blocks of concrete.

In addition to learning about the history of the Company and their work today I also had the pleasure of listening to the Pipes and Drums of the First Battalion Scots Guards – my Scottish half was very happy!

The highlight was a speech from the Lord Lieutenant for Greater London Ken Olisa who explained about how he used his role to ensure that we all focus on including all Londoners in our shared future.  He highlighted that at a time of potential division it was every more important to bring those who feel excluded from the mainstream in.

It was a pleasure to hear this focus on bringing people in rather than excluding them.  It wasn’t so long ago that the institutions of the City felt distance to me and my life.  I see a very different picture now I’m directly involved and I’m determined to spend the next 4 years bringing many more people in.