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London Borough Councils and Tower Hamlets

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This chapter analyzes the interview data that sheds light on such characteristics and views of Muslim and non-Muslim councillors. The Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney were selected as the three case studies because the majority of British Muslims in London are concentrated in these three boroughs (Hackney 13.8", Newham 24.3", and Tower Hamlets 36.4"). The statistical data depict that Tower Hamlets Council has the highest local government responsiveness to Muslim demands, followed by Newham Council. As the city-wide governing body for London, the Greater London Authority shares local responsibilities with the London borough councils and is responsible for strategic planning and development of the city. A total of fifty-one interviews were conducted in London between June 2006 and August 2009. Twenty-nine of those interviewed were Muslim city councillors across London boroughs. The majority of the Muslim councillors interviewed are first generation immigrants.

Keywords: British Muslims; Greater London authority; Hackney; local government responsiveness; Muslim councillors; Newham; non-Muslim councillors; Tower Hamlets



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